Englewood Health Appoints New Physician Leaders in Three Specialties

September 14, 2023 — Englewood Health has appointed new physician leaders to oversee pediatrics and newborn medicine, non-invasive cardiology, and infectious disease.

Howard S. Mazin, MDHoward S. Mazin, MD

Chief of pediatrics and newborn medicine | Full profile

Howard S. Mazin, MD, has been named chief of pediatrics and newborn medicine. Dr. Mazin joined Englewood Health in 2011 and has served as associate chief of pediatrics and newborn medicine since 2016.

He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics and specializes in treating newborns, particularly those born prematurely. Dr. Mazin received his MD from New York Medical College and did his internship and residency in pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in Long Island. He subsequently completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Mazin is an assistant professor at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics-Section on Perinatal Medicine. Dr. Mazin has lectured and presented his work on fetal and neonatal conditions and diseases at various conferences and conventions.

He has been named a Top Doctor by Bergen Magazine and New Jersey Monthly.

Dennis Katechis, DODennis Katechis, DO

Chief of non-invasive cardiology | Full profile

Dennis Katechis, DO, has been named chief of non-invasive cardiology. Dr. Katechis joined Englewood Health in 2007. He is board certified in cardiology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine and in echocardiography from the National Board of Echocardiography. He is a fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Dr. Katechis received his DO from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internal medicine and cardiovascular disease training at North Shore University Hospital (Northwell Health System), where he served as chief resident and chief cardiology fellow. He subsequently joined the faculty at NSUH-Northwell where he served as Director of the Coronary Care Unit and was a clinical investigator on multi-center clinical trials in acute coronary syndromes and heart failure.

At Englewood Health, Dr. Katechis participates in the training of residents through lectures and scholarly activity. He has received a number of teaching awards and serves as an assistant professor in the department of cardiology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. He has been named a top doctor by Castle Connolly and Jersey’s Best Magazine.

Sabena K. Ramsetty, MDSabena K. Ramsetty, MD

Chief of infectious disease | Full profile

Sabena K. Ramsetty, MD, has been named chief of infectious disease. She joined Englewood Health in 2017 and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Ramsetty specializes in providing care for patients with a wide range of illnesses including HIV/AIDS, MRSA, and postoperative infections. She received her MD from New York University School of Medicine and did her residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She subsequently completed a fellowship in infectious disease at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Ramsetty has been named a top doctor by Castle Connolly, Bergen Magazine, and Jersey’s Best Magazine.

Englewood Health Named One of America’s Best In-State Employers by Forbes, Ranked First for Health Systems in New Jersey

September 5, 2023 — Englewood Health has been named one of America’s best employers by Forbes.

In its annual list of America’s Best Employers By State, Forbes recognizes employers who offer excellent working conditions, competitive salaries and compensation packages, potential for professional growth, and inclusive work environments. Additionally, employees surveyed are asked to evaluate their company’s image and the pride they take in the products or services offered.

Of the thousands of employers Forbes surveyed for the list in 2023, the healthcare and social services sector was the most represented category across the country. Among New Jersey health systems, Englewood Health ranked first.

“We have always taken great pride in the outstanding level of care we provide in the communities we serve,” said Warren Geller, president and CEO of Englewood Health. “But this honor, being recognized as the top health system in New Jersey by our own team members, reflects our unwavering dedication to providing the best work environment—through competitive pay, employee wellness, a safe and inclusive workplace, and so much more. I thank every member of the Englewood Health community for their role in fostering a great place to work, and we will continue improving and building upon this achievement.”

The Best Employers list was created in partnership with consumer data company Statista, which conducted a survey of 70,000 employees at companies (with a minimum of 500 workers) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Surveys were performed anonymously, allowing participants to freely share their opinions and experiences. The final list ranks just 1,392 employers across the country.

Englewood Health Expands Robotic Surgery Program with Addition of Third da Vinci Robot

Robotic surgeons at Englewood Health.
Robotic surgeons at Englewood Health.

August 17, 2023 — Englewood Health has expanded its robotic surgery program with the acquisition of a third da Vinci Surgical System—the robotic platform from Intuitive Surgical.

The da Vinci robot is the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery available today. This technology acts as a natural extension of a surgeon’s eyes and hands, while offering enhanced dexterity and visualization of patients’ anatomy.

The da Vinci system’s robotic and computer assistance, as well as its highly specialized instrumentation, work together to enable extreme precision during surgery, limiting blood loss and sparing healthy tissue.

“The da Vinci technology allows us to perform more precise and minimally invasive surgeries,” says James McGinty, MD, chief of surgery and surgical services at Englewood Health. “This translates into better outcomes, shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, and quicker recoveries for our patients.”

At Englewood Health, this fourth generation da Vinci technology (the Xi model) will accommodate an increasing volume of robotic cases, as well as a growing number of robot-certified surgeons across colon and rectal, gynecologic, bariatric, urologic, and thoracic surgery. The health system’s robotic volume has increased over 200% since 2017, when Englewood Health had just one da Vinci surgical system.

The health system’s early adoption and expansion of robotics has been recognized by Intuitive Surgical, which designated Englewood Health as one of two gynecologic and gynecologic oncology case observation sites on the east coast.

“Surgeons from around the U.S. come to observe our program, watch us operate with the robot, and learn how we efficiently arrange our patient workflow,” says Nimesh Nagarsheth, MD, medical director of gynecologic oncology and robotic surgery at Englewood Health. “This is just one of the many reasons that Englewood Health continues to be a national leader in the field of robotics.”

Brenda’s Story – Spine Care

TV news anchor Brenda Blackmon lived with severe back pain that affected her ability to work, travel, and spend time with loved ones. That was until she underwent minimally invasive robotic spine surgery at Englewood Health—a procedure that transformed her life. Today, Brenda is free from the burden of back pain and feeling stronger than ever before.

Posted August 1, 2023

Englewood Health Emergency Medical Services Nationally Recognized for Heart Attack & Stroke Care

July 25, 2023 — Englewood Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold achievement award for its rapid, research-based care for people experiencing the most severe forms of heart attack and stroke.

The Gold achievement award focuses on Englewood Health’s superior on-scene care, bringing to the forefront the lifesaving work of the health system’s prehospital providers. Englewood Health’s EMS team begins treatment immediately upon arrival on scene and are highly trained to provide resuscitation efforts to someone whose heart has stopped.

The health system is also being recognized with the Mission: Lifeline System of Care Target: Heart Attack award. This award highlights the collaboration of Englewood Health’s prehospital and hospital providers in providing time-critical care for heart attack patients.

“Englewood Health is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for both heart attack and stroke patients,” said Richard Sposa, MA, NRP, MICP, director of EMS at Englewood Health.

Barbara Schreibman, MD, medical director of EMS and associate chief of emergency medicine at Englewood Health adds, “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work daily. The coordination between our EMS and in-hospital team members is a vital component of patients having the best possible chance of survival.”

Englewood Health Heart Program Recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review

July 19, 2023 Englewood Health has been named one of the top 100 heart programs in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. Englewood Health was one of just five New Jersey hospitals to receive this prestigious honor. 

The “hospitals and health systems with great heart programs” list by Becker’s recognizes heart programs that are renowned for their exemplary care, patient outcomes, and leading technologies.  

In their announcement last week, Becker’s stated that Englewood Health’s cardiovascular care program is “made up of a nationally recognized team of experts who diagnose and treat a wide range of cardiovascular conditions, working closely with each patient to develop personalized treatment plans.” 

The announcement also recognized Englewood Health early adoption of minimally invasive techniques, which “offer patients improved outcomes, shorter hospital stays, and faster recoveries when surgical intervention is required.”  

Becker’s added, “the hospital has been at the forefront of innovation, being one of the first in the region to offer the Evolut FX TAVR system, a fourth generation transcatheter heart valve that enhances the capacity to treat patients with varying valve anatomies and became the first hospital in Bergen County to receive the American College of Cardiology Transcatheter Valve Certification.” 

For more information about rankings and methodology of the list, visit beckershospitalreview.com/100-hospitals-with-great-heart-programs

Englewood Health Nationally Recognized for Cardiac and Stroke Care

The American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines awards for proven dedication to best practices and life-saving care.

July 18, 2023 — Englewood Health has received two of the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines achievement awards, which recognize the health system’s dedication to best practices and life-saving care in the treatment of stroke and cardiac arrest.

  • Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
  • Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation Silver quality achievement award, recognizing Englewood Health’s commitment to treating in-hospital cardiac arrest patients with best practices, ultimately helping to improve survival rates.

In addition, Englewood Health received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke℠ Elite award, meeting specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with clot-busting medications.

The health system also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, which aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes—who might be at higher risk for complications—receive the most up-to-date care when hospitalized due to stroke.

“At Englewood Health, we know that adhering to the most current, evidence-based guidelines improve patient care and help save the lives of patients who experience cardiac arrest and stroke,” said Erik Chu, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Englewood Health.

Tina Bloemer, MSN, RN, CPHQ, CPHRM, FASHRM, vice president for quality at Englewood Health adds, “The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program makes it easier for our teams to engage in continuous quality improvement measures, with the end goal of ensuring those in our community live longer, healthier lives.”

Englewood Health Named on Becker’s Hospital Review’s “Great Hospitals in America” List

July 12, 2023 — Englewood Health has been named one of the great hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker’s annual “Great Hospitals in America” list recognizes hospitals for their clinical excellence, patient safety, innovation efforts, research and education, patient satisfaction and more. Englewood Health was one of just four New Jersey hospitals to receive this prestigious honor. 

In their announcement, Becker’s highlighted Englewood Health’s physician network, which comprises more than 600 office and hospital-based providers at more than 140 locations across New Jersey. Last year, the health system included around 3,900 employees and a 1,200-plus member medical staff.  

“The system also focuses on health equity and population health statewide,” Becker’s stated. “Englewood earned a spot as one of Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals in 2023 and was recognized as a top regional hospital by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital has also earned HealthCare’s Most Wired designation since 2014.” 

For more information about rankings and methodology of the list, visit: beckershospitalreview.com/great-hospitals-in-america 

Englewood Health Recognized for Excellence in Lactation Care

Lactation consultants at Englewood Health. (L-R) Teresa Mancuso, Erica Cantatore, and Robin Petrick.
Lactation consultants at Englewood Health. (L-R) Teresa Mancuso, Erica Cantatore, and Robin Petrick.

July 11, 2023 — Englewood Health has been recognized by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) and International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for excellence in lactation care.

The IBCLC Care Award puts Englewood in elite company, honoring its commitment to staffing professionals who hold the prestigious IBCLC certification* and for providing a robust lactation program for breastfeeding families. In addition, Englewood Health demonstrated that it has cultivated programs and activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

“Helping families prepare for and succeed at breastfeeding begins even before the baby is born,” said Valerie M. French, MBA, BSN, RNC, senior director of nursing for maternal/child health at Englewood Health. “At the Karen and Gary Singer Family Family Birth Place, we are committed to providing professional lactation support that is an integral part of our maternal-child services. Our specialists educate parents about the benefits of breastfeeding during pregnancy and provide support and assistance after the birth of their child.”

“Our team of lactation consultants support families during and after pregnancy, enabling them to successfully initiate breastfeeding and overcome any breastfeeding challenges they might face,” said Arthur Gross, MD, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Englewood Health. “We’re happy to see that important work recognized by the IBLCE and ILCA.”

Breastfeeding provides proven and substantial health benefits to both mothers and babies. At Englewood Health, IBCLC professionals assist families returning to work or school; help families in more unusual situations, such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant; help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care; and continue to support families as their baby grows.

*As allied healthcare professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practices, community settings, and government agencies. They also help in research. There are currently nearly 36,000 IBCLCs in 131 countries worldwide (iblce.org). The IBCLC certification program is accredited by the NCCA, the accreditation arm of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

Englewood Health Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Heart Attack Treatment

June 21, 2023 — Englewood Health has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2023. Englewood Health is one of only 262 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor.

“We are proud to receive the Platinum Performance Award from the American College of Cardiology, which recognizes the commitment of our cardiology and emergency medicine teams to ensuring we deliver comprehensive care and expedient intervention for all heart attack patients,” said Barbara Schreibman, MD, medical director of emergency medical services (EMS) at Englewood Health.

The award recognizes Englewood Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

“We are continuously improving and evolving in our treatment of heart attack patients to ensure the best possible outcomes and quality of life,” said Aron Schwarcz, MD, chief of invasive cardiology at Englewood Health. “Our collaborative team approach centers on achieving exceptional care for every patient. We achieve this through comprehensive, safe, and efficient diagnosis and treatment–available 24 hours a day–by a team of specialists using advanced techniques and technologies and adhering to best practices.”

To receive the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Englewood Health has demonstrated sustained achievement in the Chest Pain – MI Registry for two consecutive years (2021 and 2022), performed at the highest level for specific performance measures, and participated in a robust quality improvement process using data to drive improvements.

“It is an honor to award Englewood Health with the Platinum Performance Award for their valuable national leadership and dedication to meeting comprehensive performance measures in patient care,” said Michael C. Kontos, MD, FACC, chair of the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Steering Subcommittee, and cardiologist at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. “The receipt of this award indicates that Englewood Health remains committed to providing top quality, guideline-driven care for heart attack patients. Their success ensures patients are receiving the highest quality cardiovascular care.”