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Virtual Health Series Supports & Celebrates Women

 In honor of Women’s History Month, Hunterdon Healthcare and the Hunterdon & Mercer Regional Chronic Disease Coalition will host a free online health series featuring important women’s health issues starting Thursday, March 4th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm and running weekly through March 25, 2021.

Women are invited to participate in the series which will address topics unique to women’s health including breast care, gynecological health, emotional wellness and nutrition and lifestyle. “The program will feature local experts who will share prevention and health management strategies that can last a lifetime,” noted program organizer Bonnie Petrauskas, Regional Coordinator for the Hunterdon-Mercer Chronic Disease Coalition. “Speakers will include Jennifer Montes, MD, MPH, Hunterdon Breast Surgery Center, Manisha Abeysinghe, MD, Advanced Obstetrics and Gynecology, LLC, Ellen Gantner, PsyD, Hunterdon Behavioral Health, and Jeanne Gee, RDN, CSO, CDE, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

Celebrated annually in March, Women’s History Month is a perfect time to celebrate and recognize women for the important role they play in shaping the future. Women experience unique healthcare challenges from pregnancy and menopause to gynecological conditions. In addition, chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are the leading causes of death for women; and conditions such as depression, anxiety and osteoarthritis affect more women than men. Since women often spend time helping others, this program series provides an opportunity to take some time for themselves. “We are delighted to offer an engaging experience for women in the community to get the latest information to help them live a healthier life,” stated Dr. Barbara Tofani, Assistant Vice President, Outpatient & Ambulatory Services at Hunterdon Medical Center.

To register for this educational program, visit Hunterdon Healthcare website: https://www.hunterdonhealthcare.org/service/cancer-care/regional-chronic-disease-coalition/announcements-events/ or for more information call 908-237-2328.



Hunterdon Healthcare’s School-Based Youth Services

Dear Hunterdon County Community,

For the past 32 years, Hunterdon Healthcare’s School-Based Youth Services has provided critical mental health counseling, youth development, substance abuse education, and prevention, learning support, healthy youth development, crisis intervention and information and referral to local community resources for the students at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.

As of October 1st, Governor Murphy has proposed in his budget to defund the School-Based Youth Services Program under the Department of Children and Families for the fiscal year 2021.    This is an enormous loss to the students at Hunterdon Central and our community. In a time where stress, anxiety, social isolation, and depression are at an all-time high, cutting such a vital program for our youth will be devastating.  School-Based Youth Services is a safety net for these teens and allows them to speak to a therapist at their school in an environment where they feel safe.

Hunterdon Central is our largest high school in Hunterdon County.  They cannot afford to lose such critical resources at this time as they struggle to deal with COVID-19, and navigate remote and safe-in-classroom learning.

Hunterdon Healthcare strongly opposes the defunding of School-Based Youth Services.  We are asking Hunterdon County residents for their support.    You can write letters, call or send emails to Governor Murphy  https://nj.gov/governor/contact/all/ and the local Assembly and State leadership  https://nj.gov/governor/contact/all/ asking for them to reinstate funds for School-Based Youth Services.

The students of Hunterdon Central do not deserve to be without this important service.


Patrick Gavin
President and CEO
Hunterdon Healthcare



The 18th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament Raises $5,300 for Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

The 18th annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Tournament run by Hunterdon Horizon Girls Non Profit AAU basketball club presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $5,300 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.  Over the past eight years, this event has raised a total of $81,450 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

The event was run on March 7th and 8th 2020 at Readington Middle School and attended by many people. Special thanks to the Readington Township Board of Education for allowing the event to be held there.

The tournament included eight girls basketball teams  (4th Grade, 8th Grade)  and four boys basketball teams (6th Grade). Teams from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball, Montgomery Basketball Association, North Hunterdon Lions,  Princeton Basketball Club, Readington Township Recreation, and  South Brunswick PAL participated in the event.  Each team participated in a three-game round-robin tournament over the two days with the championship and consolation games held on March 8th.  All teams received a trophy while each player received a trophy or a medal and a T-shirt.  Special recognition goes to our local teams which include the Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 8th Grade Girls who won their bracket and Readington Township 4th Grade Girls who were the runner-up in the Championship game. Congratulations to South Brunswick PAL (4th Girls Champions) and Montgomery Basketball Association (6th Grade Boys Champs) and all the teams who all gave an outstanding effort.

Local players Brianna Mastriano (8th Grade) from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball and Sofia Durka (4th Grade) from Readington Township were recipients of the Cynthia K. Critelli MVP awards in the championship games for their respective teams.

Individual players were also recognized with awards in the Championship and Consolation post-game ceremonies in memory of James T. Byrnes (All-Tournament Team), Kevin Gilbert (Hustle Award), and Maria Lynn Hartman (Sportsmanship Award).

Special congratulations go to Meher Vig, South Brunswick Vikings 8th Grade Girls, who was awarded the Drew O’Donoghue Memorial Award as the Most Outstanding Player in the Tournament.

In addition, Chris Mastriano from Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball was recognized for his participation as a coach in this event for 12 years.

I-Pathmedia of Flemington, The Allorto Family (Readington Township), Eliot Runyon (South Brunswick), Darrows Sporting Edge, Crown Trophy of Flemington, The Drew O’Donoghue Fund and Sorellas all made generous donations to the event. Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who made donations to the tournament booklet.

Special thanks to Patti Marcine of Readington Township for her continued support of this event as it could not happen without her. Sincere thanks to all the people who volunteered their time at the door and scoring games. This event is not possible without their volunteer work.

All proceeds from the tournament were donated to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in memory of Cynthia K. Critelli, a Readington teacher and beloved community member who died in 2004 after battling breast cancer.

Tournament Director, Ron Armellino, was extremely appreciative of all these teams and individuals stepping up to continue to support the event. The 19th Annual event date for 2021 is still being determined and will be announced in the future. Any person or organization who would like information on how they can support the event can contact Ron Armellino at rjarmellino@embarqmail.com.

Pictured Left to Right: Tournament Director, Ron Armellino, Barbara Tofani, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President, Outpatient and Ambulatory Services, and Phillipe Beekman, Senior Vice President, Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation.


“#Quaranteen” Fundraiser Helps support Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation

During the quarantine, local Hunterdon Central Regional High School graduating senior and athlete, Bella Almeida, wanted to help support our frontline workers with the fight against COVID-19 in our community. Bella and her mom created a design featuring what teens in our community were living through…“Socially Distant – United for Life.” With the help of local business, Sneakers Plus in Flemington, 500 “#Quaranteens” t-shirts were sold. Today, Bella presented a check for $2,686.00 representing the proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts to President & CEO, Patrick Gavin and Senior Vice President of Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, Phillipe Beekman. Bella, who will be attending Duke University in the fall to study Neuroscience said, “I am thrilled by the strong response from our community to support our local healthcare heroes working tirelessly in the fight against COVID-19. Thank you to everyone involved for turning a small idea crafted at the kitchen table into a fantastic community fundraiser!”

Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation Awards Scholarships

Each year, the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation awards scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.  The recipients received scholarships from the Jean Alvater Baker Scholarship, Wingover Scholarship for Nursing Education, Albert Kahn and Mary Kahn R.N. Scholarship, the Patricia M. Psenisky Nursing Scholarship, Millie E. Apgar Scholarship for Nursing Education, ERS Charitable Fund, Inc. and Dr. Reinhard and Dr. Helga Schwartz Nursing Education Scholarship.

Scholarships were awarded to: Naima Ahmad of Whitehouse Station; Nooran Amin of Branchburg; Madeline Bill of Bloomsbury; Ashley Blanda of Flemington; Deborah Brunetti of Ringoes; Joanne Bulmer of Raritan; Marcie Carvale of Hamilton; Allisa Marie Conover of Ringoes; Paige Cordero of Pittstown; Lidia DeSapio of Frenchtown; Beth Flegler of Easton, PA; Nancy Gibney of Annandale; Shalini Gossain of Flemington; Kaleigh Higgins of Pittstown; Constantine Kapetanakis of Asbury; Lydia Kleber of Flemington;Morgan Kneller of Pittstown; Lydia Lampert of Milford; Kenzie Lane of Flemington; Rachel Martino of Stockton; Nicole Myers of Glen Gardner; Anuva Anan Nabiha of Flemington; Allyson Naiken of Ringoes; Deanna Nguyen of Stockton; Ellen O’Connor of Harmony; Kailey Paieda of Bridgewater; Grace Palahnuk of Clinton; Jaclyn Papalski of Flemington; Della Porzl of Washington; Shelby Pyatt of Frenchtown; Wendy Lynn Rauen of Stockerton, PA; Avery Schaefer of Lambertville; Alexis Shafer of Upper Black Eddy, PA; Caitlin Snee of Lebanon; Susan Stark of Bethlehem, PA; Stephanie Ann Stone of Washington; Sydney Stoter of Califon; Natalie Sweet of High Bridge; Patricia Titus of Oxford; Leona Tomy of Belle Meade; Leanna Tucker of Phillipsburg; Lauren Tully of Flemington; Diane Vence of Washington and Rachel Vence of Washington.

The Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation, the fundraising organization for Hunterdon Healthcare System, seeks gifts and grants from individuals, corporations, foundations and other sources to assist the Hunterdon Medical Center and its affiliated non-profit organizations, such as Hunterdon Regional Community Health and Hunterdon Hospice, in fulfilling their mission to meet the community’s need for high-quality healthcare. Annual charitable gifts to Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation provides the essential support needed to expand clinical services and programs and maintain and enhance our facilities.  For more information on the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation visit, foundation.hunterdonhealthcare.org


Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center Partners With New Jersey’s First National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP).  Hunterdon Healthcare’s Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center will be one of the major health systems and medical centers throughout northern and central New Jersey that make up the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC) NCORP.  As New Jersey’s first and only NCORP, AHCC will help develop and implement NCI cancer prevention, screening, care delivery, and treatment studies with leading healthcare systems across the state.

“When it comes to cancer care, our focus is always on what is best and benefits our patients.  We are pleased to be part of this consortium of hospitals and be able to provide our patients with the most advanced clinical trials right here in Hunterdon County,” stated Barbara Tofani, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President, Outpatient and Ambulatory Services at Hunterdon Healthcare.

The AHCC NCORP Health Systems include:

  • Hunterdon Healthcare – Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center
  • Atlantic Health System
    • Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Newton Medical Center and Hackettstown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital
  • CentraState Healthcare System
  • Holy Name Medical Center
  • Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
    • Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital

The incidence of cancer in New Jersey is 477.5 cases per 100,000 versus 441.2 cases per 100,000 nationally. Warren (511.5/100,000) and Monmouth (497.8/100,000) counties have even higher cancer rates, while the pediatric cancer rate for New Jersey is above the national average at 17.1 versus 16.3 cases per 100,000.

The grant will enable all sites to participate in cutting-edge research from the NCI and National Clinical Trials Network, and will significantly enhance access to these trials for cancer patients throughout northern and central New Jersey.  The clinical trials will focus on cancer control, prevention, screening, care delivery, treatment and medical imaging, and many will include a quality-of-life component.  These studies will also incorporate the needs of diverse populations and will be integrated with cancer disparities research.

Specific goals of the consortium will be to increase adult and pediatric participation in the above-referenced types of NCI and National Clinical Trials Network clinical trials, including members of groups that are currently underrepresented in clinical trials, such as ethnic and racial minorities.  The consortium will also collect tissue samples in order to support advances in genomics and molecularly targeted therapies.

Additional goals include enhancing community involvement and the involvement of community-based physicians in cancer control, prevention and care delivery research through a variety of targeted community outreach and engagement efforts, and to support and mentor community oncologists and other medical specialists.

The consortium will also help develop and implement clinically significant studies that incorporate the unique research needs of New Jersey’s diverse population.  A special emphasis will be placed on involving non-English speaking individuals.

“Clinical advancements in prevention and treatment approaches must benefit all cancer patients. The best way to make that a reality is to ensure clinical research is conducted in diverse populations—both ethnic and geographic diversity,” said NCI Acting Director Douglas R. Lowy, MD. “Communities of color and rural communities face disadvantages in access to cutting-edge cancer care. We believe that clinical trials provide access to high quality cancer care. NCORP enables us to make this available to more communities.”

NCI grants went to 32 Community Sites and 14 Minority/Underserved (M/U) Community Sites, who have assembled more than 1,000 affiliates across the country to carry out cancer research. The NCORP network now covers 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam, the largest geographic coverage in the program’s history.

Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center
Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is committed to providing high-quality care to every patient who enters our doors for consultation, education, treatment or follow-up care.   Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Home Health Nursing Job Fair

Hunterdon Healthcare will host a Home Health Nursing Job Fair on Friday, March 6, 2020, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm.

We have Per Diem and Full-Time opportunities available.

Hunterdon Regional Community Health Conference Room, Paul C. Wirtz Building, 215 Rte. 31 South, Flemington, NJ 08822

Hunterdon Healthcare will be offering on the spot interviews.


Applications are now being accepted on-line @ www.hunterdonhealthcare.org. Come See What Makes Hunterdon A Great Place To Work!

*In the event of inclement weather on this date, please check our HMC Facebook page and Online Career Opportunity website for more information*

Healthy Harmony – An Emotional Wellness and Music Event

How can we improve the mental health of our community members through an event that will reach all age groups and improve their wellbeing that day while giving them the tools to carry on into their lives?  This is the question the Partnership for Health (PFH) Mental Health Action Team had and Healthy Harmony is their answer.  We all know different kinds of music can influence our mood and how we feel, and recent research is looking at how music can positively affect our mental health.  With this is mind, Healthy Harmony is a free event taking place from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, March 7th at Hunterdon Central Regional High School.  The event will feature a small stage venue for performances, an open area for interactive musical experiences and an emotional wellness fair.

Mental health was one of five needs area identified by the June 2019 Hunterdon Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).  Because mental health issues affect people from all ages of the community, we wanted to stage an event that would appeal to everyone.  Our community has had many health and wellness fairs, but we wanted to plan something a little different.  It was important that the event was interactive and would help people engage in both relaxation, but also stress-relieving exercise.  To combat the isolation that contributes to depression and other mental illness, we wanted to highlight a sense of community and communal sharing of experience.  Music was the key that would tie the event together.

Music genres will range from classical choral music to folk to rock to barbershop.  Performers include student groups as well as seniors and everyone in between.   Attendees can participate in guided meditation or chair yoga with the hope they can be inspired to pursue these practices on their own.  A highlight of the event is “Music Rocks our World”- a show from the Hunterdon Preparatory School where students will demonstrate how music can be a tool for self-expression, positive coping skills and sustaining connection to others.  Our hope is that attendees from the community will leave Healthy Harmony relaxed and invigorated and ready to include more music into their lives in ways that will promote their best emotional wellness.

To register for the event please visit, http://bit.ly/healthyharmony2020. Organizations who provide science-based emotional wellness services and are interested in participating in the wellness fair can contact Catie Fenton at cfenton@hhsnj.org. Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Jersey Health Initiatives program.


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