Englewood Health Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Fifth Consecutive Rating Period

November 10, 2021 — Englewood Health has received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction from The Leapfrog Group recognizes Englewood Health’s achievements in patient safety, and is the fifth consecutive A rating for Englewood since 2019.

“We are proud to again receive an ‘A’ rating from the Leapfrog Group, which reflects our entire health care team’s daily commitment to patient safety,” says Kathleen Kaminsky, MS, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president, patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health.

“At Englewood Health, our top priority is patient safety,” says Jamie Ketas, vice president for quality at Englewood Health. “Our team’s dedication to ensuring the best possible patient outcomes is once again reflected in Leapfrog’s A designation.”

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Englewood Health for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

To see Englewood Health’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

Spine Surgeon Jay S. Reidler, MD, MPH, Joins Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates and Englewood Health

November 4, 2021 — Adult and pediatric orthopaedic spine surgeon Jay S. Reidler, MD, MPH, has joined Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates and Englewood Health. Dr. Reidler’s main clinical interests include minimally invasive spine surgery, complex adult and pediatric spinal surgery, scoliosis and kyphosis, common neck and back conditions such as disc herniation, spinal stenosis and myelopathy, artificial disc replacement, congenital spinal malformations, spinal tumors, and revision spine surgery. He is also interested in improving safety and outcomes in spine surgery using advanced intraoperative navigation and robotic technologies.  

“When caring for patients, I prioritize listening carefully to my patients and their family members to address their concerns, offer innovative therapeutic options, and develop a personalized treatment plan together,” says Dr. Reidler. “I am delighted to join the multispecialty spine team at Englewood Health, where our specialized expertise and compassionate care can help adults and children with spine conditions throughout our community return to the activities they love.”

Dr. Reidler completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in neurobiology. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in healthcare management and policy. He did an orthopedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was chief resident of orthopaedic education, followed by an adult and pediatric comprehensive spine surgery fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, in New York. He obtained further specialized training at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, where he completed a dedicated complex pediatric spine surgery fellowship, and at the University of Pennsylvania, where he trained in innovative approaches for treating complex neck and back conditions.

Dr. Reidler is an active member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, the North American Spine Society, and AOSpine, and a candidate fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. In addition to English, Dr. Reidler speaks Hebrew and Spanish.

Englewood Health Receives 5-Star Quality Recognition In Multiple Categories from Healthgrades

Hospital Excels in Hip Fracture Treatment and Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 4th Year in a Row, Spinal Fusion Surgery Two Years in a Row and Repair of Abdominal Aorta and Defibrillator Procedures

October 19, 2021 – Englewood Health has received a 5-star rating in five categories from Healthgrades, including Hip Fracture Treatment, Gallbladder Removal Surgery, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Repair of Abdominal Aorta and Defibrillator Procedures. It is the fourth year in a row that Englewood has achieved this recognition for hip fracture treatment and gallbladder removal surgery, and the second year in a row for Spinal Fusion.

“Quality is always the top priority at Englewood Health,” said Jamie Ketas, vice president of quality at Englewood Health. “This recognition speaks to our entire team’s commitment to deliver safe, high-quality care, every day.”

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.* This analysis shows that patients treated at hospitals receiving a 5-star rating have a lower risk of mortality and a lower risk of experiencing one or more complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a 1-star rating in that procedure or condition.

“Consumers are increasingly becoming aware of the differences of care provided by different hospitals. Consumers can feel confident that hospitals receiving a Healthgrades 5-star rating have demonstrated exceptional outcomes and their ability to provide quality care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data science at Healthgrades.

According to Healthgrades, from 2018 through 2020, if all hospitals as a group performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average, 218,141 lives could potentially have been saved, and complications in 156,050 patients could potentially have been avoided.*

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty care performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected).


* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. View the complete methodology

Englewood Health Named One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery By Healthgrades

October 19, 2021 — Englewood Health is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery, according to new research released by Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. According to Healthgrades, hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery have demonstrated exceptional quality of care. Englewood Health is also a 5-star recipient for Spinal Fusion Surgery for the second year in a row.

“Englewood Health has established itself as a leading center for spine surgery through advanced diagnostics, modern surgical techniques, comprehensive services, and a commitment to safe, quality patient care,” said Kevin Yao, MD, chief of neurosurgery. He added, “Our team is at the forefront of spine care. We recently expanded our spine surgery team with additional spine surgeons in both orthopedics and neurosurgery, who are highly trained subspecialists and emerging leaders in their field.”

“At Englewood Health, our commitment to quality spine care includes top-notch surgeons, advanced surgical and imaging technology, and continuous quality improvement measures to ensure consistency of care and outcomes,” said Asit Shah, MD, PhD, chief of orthopedic surgery. “It is an honor for our team to be recognized as one of the country’s best hospitals for spine surgery and a leader in the region.”

Englewood Health treats patients with spine injuries and back pain, providing a full range of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative services for all types of spine disease and disorders, from acute episodes of back pain to degenerative spine disease to complex spinal deformities. The hospital offers expertise in minimally invasive procedures, which are associated with lower postoperative complications and quicker recoveries.

For its 2022 Report to the Nation, Healthgrades compared America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award recipients as a group, to all other hospitals, and found that from 2018-2020, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery Award have, on average, a 39.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

“Consumers can feel confident in the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery for their commitment to quality care and exceptional outcomes. This recognition helps provide peace of mind when selecting a place for care,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer and head of data and science at Healthgrades.

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 45 million Medicare inpatient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide to assess hospital performance in 31 common conditions and procedures and evaluated outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 16 states. Healthgrades recognizes a hospital’s quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5-star (statistically significantly better than expected), 3-star (not statistically different from expected), and 1-star (statistically significantly worse than expected). 


* Statistics are based on Healthgrades analysis of MedPAR data for years 2018 through 2020 and represent three-year estimates for Medicare patients only. For appendectomy and bariatric surgery, Healthgrades used inpatient data from 16 states that provide all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019. Due to the highly variable impact of the pandemic on hospital outcomes, Healthgrades made the decision to exclude cases with a COVID-19 diagnosis from the 2020 data in order to preserve the statistical integrity of our models and fairly evaluate clinical outcomes at all hospitals. View the complete methodology

Gastroenterologist Anil Agarwal, MD, Joins Englewood Health

Welcomes New Patients to His Clifton Practice

October 15, 2021 — Gastroenterologist Anil Agarwal, MD, has joined Englewood Health and HVA Medical Group, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network. Dr. Agarwal’s clinical interests include colon cancer screening and prevention, esophageal cancer, fatty liver disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and swallowing disorders. He welcomes new patients to his practice in Clifton

“When treating patients with stomach and intestinal conditions, I combine evidence-based medicine, expertise, and deep compassion to provide optimal medical care,” says Dr. Agarwal. “It is essential to partner with my patients so that together we can prevent disease, manage symptoms, and enable each person to enjoy the daily activities of their lives.”

Specializing in gastroenterology and in internal medicine, Dr. Agarwal received his MD from LLRM Medical College in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India. He did an internal medicine residency at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, in the Bronx, NY, and a gastroenterology and clinical nutrition fellowship at Westchester Medical Center (New York Medical College), in Valhalla, NY. He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In addition to English, Dr. Agarwal is fluent in Hindi.

His Heart Was In the Right Place

Fabian Tasama was with his wife and two children at their Fairview home when he started having terrible joint pain. Then a cold feeling overcame his whole body. He says he was unable to move, and it was as if he “felt like a puppet.” Then came the intense, unrelenting chest pain. Tasama — like many people in their 40s — was not on guard for the symptoms of a heart attack that day. So, when the unusual pressure overtook him, he was just as confused as he was terrified for his life. Then he lost consciousness.

“I woke up inside an ambulance speeding to Englewood Health’s Emergency Room. I thought, why was my life spared just one week ago only to be taken from me now?” Tasama said.

He’d been admitted with COVID-19 and treated for one week before he was well enough to go home. His release from the hospital was ceremonious, as Tasama was the 500th COVID patient to be successfully treated at Englewood Health.

“It was as if I was a member of their family,” Tasama recalls of his experience as a COVID patient.

Despite how grateful Tasama was for the treatment he’d received at Englewood Health, he was certainly in no rush to go back. Tasama was particularly anxious to be at home with his wife, who was nearly due with their third child, a little boy the couple planned on naming Dante.

“All I could think about was whether I would live to see the birth of my son,” Tasama said.

The emergency room team phoned the on-call cardiologist, and, within minutes, Tasama was being wheeled in for his procedure.

It’s nerve-racking for anybody to be told that they are having a heart attack and that they need an emergency procedure – but Tasama stayed calm and eagerly accepted the course of treatment that was being recommended.

The placement of two stents in Tasama’s heart went exactly as planned and was a success.

Tasama spent a few days recovering in the hospital, and by the fifth day, had made another incredible recovery.

“Englewood Health saved my life twice, and I couldn’t be more thankful to the entire team, particularly Dr. Dennis Kelly for making sure I would make it home to see my son being born,” Tasama said.

Two months later, Tasama’s son was born, a little bundle with dimples and a full head of black hair. In that moment, the pain and the uncertainty of the past months melted away for the Tasama family.

“The other day, when my son Dante woke up from his nap, he pulled himself up from his crib and stretched his arms out to me with an amazing giggle. These are the best days of my life. Had I not gone to Englewood Health, I may have never met my son,” Tasama said.

Cardiologist Kevin Hosein, MD, Joins Englewood Health

October 6, 2021 — Cardiologist Kevin Hosein, MD, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Hosein’s clinical interests include cardiac arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart valve disease, women and heart disease, heart disease in pregnancy, and preventive cardiology. He joins HVA Medical Group, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, and welcomes new patients to their practice locations in Fair Lawn and Paterson.

“In caring for my patients,” says Dr. Hosein, “I take an individualized approach and collaborate with each person to develop an optimal treatment plan and complementary lifestyle modifications. I strive to provide excellent service and look forward to working with each patient to achieve their health care goals.”

Dr. Hosein is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiovascular disease, with additional certification in cardiovascular CT, adult echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and as a registered physician in vascular interpretation (RPVI). After receiving his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies, he did an internal medicine residency, followed by a cardiovascular disease fellowship, at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, in Paterson, NJ. In addition to English, Dr. Hosein speaks Spanish.

Internal Medicine Physician Mustafa M. Sidali, DO, Joins Englewood Health

September 30, 2021 — Internal medicine physician Mustafa M. Sidali, DO, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Sidali’s primary clinical interests are adult health, men’s health, geriatric medicine, chronic condition management, heart disease prevention, and mental health. He welcomes new patients to his practice, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, located in Belleville.

“It is an honor to be entrusted with your care. I enjoy educating patients and helping you understand all treatment options so that you can make an educated decision that fits your lifestyle. Working together, we can achieve your health goals.” says Dr. Sidali.

He received his DO from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine and did an internal medicine residency at Saint Michael’s Medical Center, in Newark. He is a member of the American Medical Association. In addition to English, Dr. Sidali is fluent in Spanish and Turkish.

Family Medicine Physician Sean Wilen, MD, Joins Englewood Health

September 23, 2021 — Family medicine physician and primary care sports medicine specialist Sean Wilen, MD, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Wilen’s main clinical interests are adult health, men’s health, pain medicine and rehabilitation (including back, neck and joint pain), injection therapy, musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, prevention, and wellness. He joins The Park Medical Group, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, and welcomes new patients.

“I enjoy managing and educating patients as they grow and develop. Taking time to listen and offering a patient focused approach to improve quality of life is what we strive to do,” says Dr. Wilen.

“At Englewood Health, we want to help ensure that our patients have access to leading care close to home. This is why Dr. Wilen will be a welcome addition to our team of renowned specialists and providers,” said Dr. Stephen Brunnquell, president of the Englewood Health Physician Network.

Board certified in family medicine and in primary care sports medicine, Dr. Wilen received his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine, in Grenada, West Indies, and did a family medicine residency, followed by a primary care sports medicine fellowship, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, in Indianapolis. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. In addition to English, Dr. Wilen speaks Spanish.