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An Important Update from Hunterdon Healthcare on Mask/Face Coverings for Patients, Visitors, and Staff

August 13, 2020…Recently there have been several masks/face coverings that have been identified as being not effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19.  At this time, Hunterdon Healthcare will not be allowing visitors, patients, or staff to wear neck gaiters, bandanas, or masks with exhalation valves, including N95s or KN95s, while within any of our facilities. If a patient, visitor, or staff arrives at one of our facilities wearing any of these restricted masks/face coverings, they will be asked to remove the restricted mask/face covering and Hunterdon Healthcare will supply a procedural mask for the person to wear while in the facility.

First COVID-19 Patient Returns to Hunterdon Medical Center to Thank Staff.

August 5, 2020… James Marsh, who spent 46 days at Hunterdon Medical Center after being admitted from the Emergency Room. James was one of the first COVID-19 patients that were admitted to the hospital and intubated. He was discharged on April 29th from Hunterdon Medical Center. Hunterdon Medical Center staff gathered to wish him well! To help support the family Click Here.

Hunterdon Healthcare Produces Just for Kids: COVID-19 Resource Video

Hunterdon Healthcare recognizes that our local schools face many challenges in the next few months. So we wanted to help by creating a resource video for parents/guardians on COVID-19 and a video just for kids.  The video below was created for children. This video was sent to all our local school superintendents/principals to share with their school families. The kids in this video are also the children of our employees. Watch with your kids, grandkids, nieces/nephews or share with friends.

Hunterdon Freeholders Join With Hunterdon Healthcare to Provide Local COVID-19 Test Site

July 17, 2020 – Hunterdon County and Hunterdon Healthcare’s Hunterdon Medical Group are partnering to provide a local COVID-19 testing location for Hunterdon County residents beginning Tuesday, July 21st, from 1 to 5 pm, Hunterdon County Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren has announced. For more information, click here.

As of Friday, June 26, 2020, the COVID-19 Community Hotline will be suspended.

 

Hunterdon Medical Center COVID-19 Patient Discharge Celebration

May 28, 2020…Today, one of our COVID-19 patients, Vincent Telesco, who has been here since March 31st was discharged. Vincent has spent time on 5 South and in the ICU. We wish him all the best as he continues to recover!

Hunterdon Medical Center COVID-19 Patient Discharge Celebration

May 22, 2020…Martha Delgadocerdas was discharged today from Hunterdon Medical Center after spending over 30 days in the hospital with COVID-19.  Staff gathered to cheer her on as she left the hospital.  We wish Martha the best as she recovers at home!

Sesame Street: Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song

May 20, 2020…Earlier this month we were asked to submit a video or photo of some of our staff to Sesame Street for possible inclusion in a music video they were creating called, Sesame Street: Heroes in Your Neighborhood Song. We submitted 4 options for them to choose from and we were thrilled to learn that they used all four!

Please enjoy the video below and be sure to look for the Hunterdon Healthcare Heroes in OUR neighborhood! They are featured at:

.38 seconds – Emergency Department staff – upper left corner

.43 seconds – 5 West COVID-19 Unit staff waving – left side

2.59 seconds – Hunterdon Pediatric Associates staff – center waving

4.06 seconds – Respiratory Assessment Tent staff – bottom right waving

Celebration for Discharge of Bob Kovacs

May 5, 2020 – Bob Kovacs of Flemington considers himself lucky.  Three months ago, he had just completed a Polar Bear Plunge and was exercising four times a week, and on April 4th that all changed.  Mr. Kovacs is the Administrator at Hunterdon Care Center and had been working 29 days straight to help manage care for his residents.  On Sunday, March 29th he took a much needed day off and by that Wednesday he had to be rushed to Hunterdon Medical Center by ambulance.  Mr. Kovacs was having difficulty breathing and a high fever and tested positive for COVID-19.  Not long after Mr. Kovacs was admitted to Hunterdon Medical Center, his wife, Diane of 37 years was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had to recover at home by herself.  “She is a strong woman and was my beacon,” stated Mr. Kovacs.

“I don’t remember anything from the first two weeks in the hospital.  I was on heavy oxygen and close to being placed on a ventilator.  At about midnight on Thursday, April 30th, I received a gift, a convalescent plasma donation from another COVID-19 patient.  Right after receiving the infusion, I felt a burst of energy and stood up.  The next day, I got dressed myself and felt so much better,” explained Mr. Kovacs. Convalescent Plasma has been shown to help people sickened by COVID-19. People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered from the virus can help save a life by donating convalescent plasma.

“Today, May 5th is my 30th day in the hospital and I am going home.  I can’t thank the team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and all the staff for the exceptional care I received.  I will never forget how they made me feel and will forever be grateful to them,” stated Mr. Kovacs.

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Celebration for Discharge of James Marsh

On Wednesday, April 29th, James Marsh, one of the first COVID-19 patients that was admitted to the hospital and intubated was discharged from Hunterdon Medical Center.  Hunterdon Medical Center staff gathered to wish him well and celebrate his recovery!

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Hunterdon Healthcare to Close Respiratory Assessment Tent at HMC

April 29, 2020 – As of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1st, Hunterdon Healthcare will close the Respiratory Assessment Tent located at Hunterdon Medical Center.  Over the past two weeks, the Respiratory Assessment Tent has seen a decrease in patient volume which is why the decision was made to close the site. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Hunterdon Healthcare Explains COVID-19 Testing

April 24, 2020 – Everyone is talking about tests for COVID-19.  Here is a brief explanation of the tests and what they mean. To read the rest of the story, click here.

A Community Comes Together One Stitch At A Time

April 14, 2020 – Hunterdon Medical Center has received outpouring support from the sewing community in Hunterdon County.  In an effort to increase PPE supplies, Hunterdon Medical Center created an employee sewing group as well.  Ten employees at Hunterdon Medical Center have temporarily stopped their day jobs to focus their efforts on sewing.  Between the Hunterdon County sewing community and the employee sewing group, 940 isolation gowns were created, 480 caps have been sewn and 3,100 masks have been made.  The employee sewers are currently working on masks for all the children that attend Hunterdon Healthcare’s Bright Tomorrows Child Care Center. To read the rest of the story, click here.

From the Frontline: Hunterdon Medical Center’s Hospitalists

April 10, 2020 – An interview with Shehzana Ashraf, MD,  Medical Director

Hunterdon Medical Center Hospitalist Services

What is combatting this illness like and is the hospital gaining any ground on it? It is like being on a battlefield or a movie. The disease is novel, it can cause serious illness and death and there are no proven therapies. There have been many heart-wrenching moments while treating patients.  It’s also sad when we need to have difficult conversations with the families on phone and not face to face, holding their hands and giving them hugs. No one should die alone without their families at their bedside.  Nevertheless, we are trying our best to stay strong and fight the enemy until the bitter end. The senior leadership has been working tirelessly for weeks to prepare our organization for crisis and I am hopeful that together we will get through it. They have taken the physical, mental and emotional well-being of staff very seriously and made endless support available. To read the rest of the interview, click here.

A Reflection on the Holidays and Social Distancing

April 9, 2020 – We know that many individuals in our community are celebrating Passover and are planning for Easter.  These are typically holidays that we celebrate with our extended family and friends. This year, we must practice social distancing and celebrate these holidays differently.  According to the CDC, the virus can be transmitted by people who aren’t yet showing symptoms, this includes your family.  Hunterdon Healthcare’s Chaplain, Christopher Small, recognizes not celebrating these traditions can be disappointing, but now more than ever we have to maintain social distancing to flatten the curve.

Please view the below inspirational message from Christopher Small.

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Governor Phil Murphy Tweet

April 8, 2020 – We are honored that Governor Murphy mentioned Hunterdon Medical Center at his press conference. Below is the tweet…

Governor Phil Murphy Tweet

A Day in the Life

April 3, 2020 – This article features an interview with:
Melissa Hancsin, RN, BSN, CEN

Emergency Department Manager, Hunterdon Medical Center

How many hours a day are you working? I work 10-16 hours a day. As they say, “there’s no clock on caring.”  This is one of those times where when there are critical patients or high volume you stay and support your coworkers until things are settled. To read the rest of the interview, click here.

Hunterdon Medical Center Opens Respiratory Assessment Tent

At 10 a.m. today, April 3, 2020, Hunterdon Healthcare officially opens the Respiratory Assessment Tent stationed directly behind Hunterdon Medical Center.  The tent will be open daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. See full release here.

Temporary Closures as of March 25, 2020

Hunterdon Health & Wellness Centers
Atrium Cafe at the Clinton Health Campus
Briteside Adult Day Center
Bright Tomorrows Child Care Center (for staff only)
Cardiopulmonary Rehab
La Cafe
Lobby Shop
Yesterday’s Treasures

Hunterdon Medical Center Receives Donation of Overnight Go Bags from Pillowpak

March 24, 2020 – Hunterdon Medical Center received 30 overnight go bags from Pillowpak of Clinton, NJ. The bags will be given to members of the hospital’s clinical staff who may need to have an overnight ‘go’ bag ready if they are required to stay overnight. See full release here.

How You Can Help Hunterdon Healthcare During COVID-19

March 21, 2020 – The Hunterdon Healthcare community has been rallying to help as the COVID-19 crisis escalates.  To see the most pressing needs at this time, please see the How To Help page.

Hunterdon Medical Center Auxiliary Cancels Annual Wine, Women & Shoes event due to concerns related to coronavirus COVID-19

March 18, 2020 – Hunterdon Healthcare and Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation have canceled its annual Wine, Women & Shoes event, which was scheduled to take place on April 23, 2020, at Bridgewater, Marriott. See full release here.

Screening in Place and Age Restriction on Visitors at HMC

March 17, 2020 – The hospital is actively following CDC guidelines regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a precaution, Hunterdon Medical Center began COVID-19 screening at the main entrance of the hospital and Doctor’s Office Building. In accordance with New Jersey Department of Health guidelines, there will be no visitors allowed to see a patient starting March 18th (see special circumstance list below). All children age 12 may not visit the hospital. See full release here.

Unity Bank Donates Funds to Help Hunterdon Medical Center During Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 – Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation is pleased to announce Unity Bank has made a generous donation to support Hunterdon Medical Center’s efforts in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  Funds will be used to erect a free-standing Respiratory Illness Center to triage patients.  It will be located in the back of Hunterdon Medical Center in a parking lot with easy access to the hospital. See full release here.

Hunterdon Healthcare Confirms Positive Coronavirus Case

March 14, 2020 – Hunterdon Healthcare received confirmation that a patient at Hunterdon Medical Center tested positive for Coronavirus COVID-19. This is the first case for Hunterdon Healthcare and Hunterdon County. The patient is doing well and has been discharged for home isolation. See full release here.

Hunterdon Healthcare Notified of Positive Coronavirus Case of Pennsylvania Resident

March 12, 2020 – The Somerset County Health Department notified Hunterdon Healthcare on behalf of the Pennsylvania Health Department that a Pennsylvania resident originally seen at the Hunterdon Healthcare Raritan Urgent Care Center has tested positive for coronavirus. See full release here.

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