Walk for Awareness – Virtual, Fall 2021

Englewood Health Walk for Awareness 2021

All-In on the Fight Against Breast Cancer

A virtual event

Sunday, October 24, 2021
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Are you ready to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer?

Join us and help raise funds to provide diagnosis and treatment for noninsured and underinsured members of our community who otherwise could not afford care.


Jennifer Ashton, MD

Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News
Honorary Co-Chair

Nina Pineda

WABC-TV Broadcast Journalist
Honorary Co-Chair


Register at www.walkforawareness.org

Rheumatologist Jessica Hoey, DO, Joins Englewood Health

September 13, 2021 — Rheumatologist Jessica Hoey, DO, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Hoey’s clinical interests include connective tissue disease, joint pain, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and Sjogren’s syndrome. She joins Bergen Medical Alliance, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, and welcomes new patients to her practice in Englewood.

“It is a privilege to be entrusted with your care. I enjoy treating patients and advocating for their overall health and well-being,” says Dr. Hoey. “I hope to inspire, educate, and support you throughout the course of your ailments.”

Dr. Hoey received her DO from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Iowa. She did an internal medicine residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, in Park Ridge, IL, and a rheumatology fellowship at NYU Langone Hospital–Long Island, in Mineola, NY. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology.

Englewood Health’s Emergency Medical Services receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Achievement Award

September 8, 2021 — Englewood Health’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received its fifth consecutive American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Achievement Award for the implementation of specific quality improvement measures used to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Rick Sposa, director of emergency medical services at Englewood Health. “Our EMS team uses proven knowledge and guidelines to ensure patients have the best possible chance of survival.”

More than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, every year. Caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart, this requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.”

“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and dedication of our EMTs, paramedics, and supervisors in bringing state of the art cardiac care to the communities we serve. This is a well-deserved acknowledgment of the excellent care provided by our entire EMS team,” said Barbara Schreibman, MD, EMS medical director at Englewood Health.

The Mission: Lifeline program evaluates how well an organization reduces barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks—starting from when 9-1-1 is called, to EMS transport, and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge.

Breast Surgeon Jenna E. Gillen, DO, Joins Englewood Health

September 6, 2021 — Breast surgeon Jenna E. Gillen, DO, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Gillen’s primary clinical interests are breast cancer surgery, breast cancer in minorities and young women, hereditary breast cancer syndromes, women at higher risk for breast cancer, benign breast disease, and lactation disorders. She joins Breast Surgery of Englewood Health Physician Network and welcomes new patients to the practice in Englewood.

“I enjoy educating patients and believe that every patient deserves a full understanding of their diagnosis, the causes, and all the available treatment options,” says Dr. Gillen. “I hope to provide you calmness and clarity. I treat every patient the way I would want my family members to be treated.”

Dr. Gillen received her DO from New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Old Westbury, NY. She did a general surgery residency, and was academic chief resident, at Hackensack Meridian Palisades Medical Center, in North Bergen, and did a breast surgery fellowship at Northwell Health: Phelps Hospital, in Sleep Hollow, NY; Northern Westchester Hospital; in Mount Kisco, NY; and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. She is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, and American Osteopathic Association.

Cardiologist Habib Habib, MD, Joins Englewood Health

September 1, 2021 — Cardiologist Habib Habib, MD, has joined Englewood Health. Dr. Habib’s clinical interests include coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, syncope, valvular disease, and preventive cardiology. He joins HVA Medical Group, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, and welcomes new patients to the practice locations in Pompton Plains and Woodland Park.

Dr. Habib is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in cardiovascular disease, with additional certification in cardiovascular CT, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology and as a registered physician in vascular interpretation. After receiving his MD from the University of Kalamoon Faculty of Medicine, in Deratiah, Syria, he did an internal medicine residency, followed by a cardiology fellowship, and was chief cardiology fellow, at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, in Paterson. In addition to English, Dr. Habib is fluent in Arabic.

Applicability of Percutaneous Procedures For CAD Increases

The continually improving treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD) has benefited from advancements in cardiology, interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, a three-pronged multidisciplinary approach backed by accumulating research (J Am Heart Assoc 2020;9[8]:e05035). Appropriate, evidence-based options—from diet and exercise programs, pharmaceutical regimens, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, and cardiac surgery—have their place across the continuum of care.

“With the advent of new technologies and techniques, we’re able to treat more and more complex disease using percutaneous approaches and avoid open heart surgery,” explained Joseph De Gregorio, MD, the executive director of cardiovascular services and chief of invasive cardiology at Englewood Health, who is also an interventional cardiologist at Bart De Gregorio, MD, LLC, in Glen Ridge, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network.

Studies have shown that PCI will ease symptoms and improve quality of life (Am Fam Physician 2018;97[6]:376-384). PCI, first developed 40 years ago, also has advanced with new technology and techniques. Research, like that presented at the American College of Cardiology 2020 annual meeting, has found that modern cardiac stenting can have comparable results to that of coronary artery bypass grafting (Circulation 2020;141[18]:1437-1446).

“The evolution of minimally invasive interventional technology has been transformational,” Dr. De Gregorio said. “And it continues to evolve, so there will be more and more that we can do for patients to fix their coronary arteries.” As one example, patients who have chronic total occlusions have alternative treatments that don’t require open heart surgery. Less invasive PCI may be an option.

Alongside these developments, procedures are now indicated for sicker patient groups. “We can now perform interventional cardiology procedures for patients who, in the past, were considered high-risk and may not have had many or any options, especially those with very poor heart muscle function,” said Aron Schwarcz, MD, an interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates of North Jersey. “Patients considered as high-risk surgical candidates, or even too high risk for surgery, can now be treated safely with stenting procedures. It gives us another
alternative to surgery.”

For patients who are having a heart attack or who have severe CAD and are undergoing a PCI procedure, Englewood Health cardiologists use the Impella (Abiomed) device, the world’s smallest heart pump. The Impella device is inserted into the heart through the femoral artery, which then mimics the heart’s pumping and emptying actions, explained Dr. Schwarcz, who co-leads Englewood Health’s chronic total occlusion program.

“With the Impella device, patients who have severely weakened heart muscle or are in congestive heart failure with unstable vital signs—for example, from a severe heart attack—can be treated in a safe manner, where in the past there might not have been an option for them,” Dr. Schwarcz said. “This is especially important for patients who are too sick for cardiac surgery. We now have more treatment options for saving this person’s life.”

Dr. De Gregorio agreed: “We use it in cases of acute [myocardial infarctions] who are hemodynamically unstable or hypotensive, in complex coronary interventions, and in people who have bad left ventricle function or weak heart muscles—that is, cardiomyopathies.”

A New Approach to Calcified Arteries

One potential roadblock to a successful PCI has been arterial calcification, which can create an environment too rigid to allow expansion of the artery, said Omar Hasan, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Englewood Health. However, a new device, recently given premarket approval by the FDA, has overcome this obstacle through lithotripsy, a technique often used to fracture kidney stones. The device, Shockwave Intravascular Lithotripsy (Shockwave Medical Inc.), uses sonic pressure waves to create fissures in the artery’s calcium deposits, allowing the artery to then be expanded at a low pressure to introduce a stent.

A recent prospective, multicenter trial of the device (N=431) published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2020;76[22]:2635-2646) found procedural success in 92.4% of cases (P<0.0001), with 92.2% of patients avoiding any major adverse cardiovascular events (P<0.0001). The Shockwave device is now available at Englewood Health—one of relatively few sites in the Northeast, according to Dr. De Gregorio, and further proof that Englewood Health’s interventional capabilities are at the forefront of the science.

“Calcification has been a major limiting factor for successful PCI, so having this new technology in our armamentarium can open up procedures to more patients,” Dr. De Gregorio said.

Along with the latest generation of medical devices and medications, there is the intangible asset of clinical care, of which Englewood is rightly proud. “Caregivers get to know their patients well,” Dr. Hasan said. “It’s more of a personal touch, personal care, and the best physicians available,” he said.

Posted August 27, 2021

Internal Medicine Physicians Alyssa Becker, MD, and Nina Safa, MD Join Englewood Health

Primary Care Doctors Welcome New Patients to their Fair Lawn Practices

August 25, 2021 — Internal medicine physicians Alyssa Becker, MD, and Nina Safa, MD, have joined Englewood Health. Their main clinical interests are adult health, geriatric medicine, cancer prevention and cancer survivorship, chronic condition management (including heart disease and diabetes), health screenings, prevention, and wellness. Dr. Becker and Dr. Safa join HVA Medical Group, part of the Englewood Health Physician Network, and welcome new patients to their primary care practices located in Fair Lawn.

The providers joining the Englewood Health Physician Network are:

Alyssa Becker, MDAlyssa Becker, MD

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Board certified in internal medicine, with additional certification in lifestyle medicine, Dr. Becker received her MD from Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College), in Philadelphia, and did an internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

“I am a caring and compassionate physician who believes in a whole-person approach to health and healing with integration of traditional medicine and complementary/alternative practices,” said Dr. Becker.

Nina Safa, MDNina Safa, MD

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Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Safa received her MD from Temple University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, and did an internal medicine residency at Temple University Hospital. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. In addition to English, Dr. Safa is fluent in Farsi.

“I take pride in practicing a dedicated and compassionate approach to providing care for my patients. My aim is to ensure the continuing health of my patients while educating them on how to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Dr. Safa.

Englewood Health’s Maternal/Child Services Achieve Healthgrades Recognition Six Years in a Row

August 24, 2021 — Englewood Health has received the Healthgrades 2021 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, 5-star recognition for Vaginal Delivery, and 5-star recognition for C-Section Delivery, all for six years in a row. The Labor and Delivery Excellence Award places Englewood Health in the top 5% of all hospitals evaluated and recognizes the exceptional care of mothers during and after labor and delivery, according to Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems.

In addition, the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award recognizes Englewood Health for exceptional care of women during and after labor and delivery, as well as care of women undergoing gynecologic procedures. Englewood Health is in the top 5% of hospitals evaluated for overall women’s care.

“These acknowledgments by Healthgrades speak to the commitment of our team to provide exceptional care for women,” said Kathleen Kaminsky, MS, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health.

Obstetricians and gynecologists, along with other maternal/child health specialists at Englewood Health, provide the full spectrum of services including prenatal care, high-risk testing and monitoring, childbirth education, and post-pregnancy resources and support.

“Now more than ever, there is a heightened awareness around the importance of quality healthcare, especially for expectant mothers and their families,” said Brad Bowman, MD, chief medical officer at Healthgrades. “Women who seek care at a hospital that has achieved these recognitions can have confidence in the organization’s commitment to delivering superior care.”

“At Englewood Health we are dedicated to offering the best possible experience for women leading up to and throughout labor and delivery,” said Jamie Ketas, vice president of quality at Englewood Health. “We are honored to receive this recognition of our commitment to providing outstanding care.”

To help consumers evaluate and compare hospital performance, Healthgrades analyzed patient outcomes data for hospitals across 16 states that provide all-payer state data for 2017 through 2019. Healthgrades found that the variation in hospital performance makes a significant difference in terms of clinical outcomes.

From 2017 through 2019, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award had, on average, a 41.7% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.* Patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award had, on average, a 37% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.*

During this time, if all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Healthgrades Labor and Delivery Excellence Award, complications could potentially have been avoided for 138,318 patients.* If all hospitals included in the analysis performed similarly to those that received the Obstetrics and Gynecology Excellence Award, complications could potentially have been avoided for 155,179 patients.*

Additionally, Healthgrades found that there is a significant variation in hospital quality between those that have received 5 stars and those that have not. For example, from 2017 through 2019, women having a vaginal delivery in hospitals rated 5-star have, on average, a 43.6% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star.* Women having a C-section delivery in hospitals rated 5-star have, on average, a 59.2% lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated by hospitals rated 1-star.*

*Statistics are based on Healthgrades’ analysis of all-payer data for years 2017 through 2019 and represent 3-year estimates for patients in 16 states for which all-payer data was made available.

Englewood Health Redesignated by Magnet Recognition Program for Excellence in Nursing

One of just 30 hospitals nationwide to earn honor five times

August 20, 2021 — Englewood Health received its fifth Magnet recognition, reinforcing a continued dedication to high-quality nursing practice. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program distinguishes nursing excellence by measuring performance across a number of components. Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing practice.

“We are proud to be among the 9 percent of hospitals in the nation to have earned this recognition for high-quality patient care, nursing excellence, and innovations in professional nursing practice,” said Kathleen Kaminsky, MS, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Englewood Health. “Our repeated achievement highlights our commitment to providing outstanding evidence-based care and prioritizing patient safety.”

Englewood first received Magnet recognition in 2002 and has held the honor continuously since then. It is one of just 30 hospitals in the nation to earn recognition five times.

In addition to earning Magnet recognition for overall nursing excellence, the hospital was recognized for four specific exemplary professional practices related to reducing hospital-acquired infections, preventing surgical errors, and improving pain management for patients. 

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to healthcare organizations and their communities, such as:

  • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information.
  • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure-to-rescue rates.
  • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
  • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

“Earning this designation during such a challenging time is a testament to the dedication of each and every team member,” said Warren Geller, president and CEO of Englewood Health. “As the need for high-quality and compassionate care has only grown throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it is heartwarming to see everyone join together to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

The Magnet Model used by the ANCC assesses the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as the processes for measuring and improving quality and delivery of superior patient care. Organizations are evaluated on the degree to which leaders transform the organization to meet changing needs; empower staff members and prepare them to face all challenges; promote exemplary professional practice; foster innovation, clinical practice, and systemic improvements; and measure and evaluate outcomes.

Healthcare organizations must reapply for Magnet recognition every four years. An organization reapplying for Magnet recognition must provide documented evidence to demonstrate how staff members have sustained and improved Magnet concepts, performance, and quality over the four-year period since the organization received its most recent recognition. The application process also includes an opportunity for patients and the public to share their personal experiences at the hospital.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program®

The Magnet Recognition Program®—administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world—identifies healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program® serves as the gold standard for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program® and current statistics, visit www.nursingworld.org/magnet.

Better Functional Outcomes After Robotic-Assisted Surgery for Colorectal Cancer

Compared with classic open procedures or laparoscopy, robotic-assisted colorectal surgery allows for minimally invasive, highly accurate procedures, which have been shown to have higher functional outcomes, according to a meta-analysis published last year in Surgical Endoscopy (2021;35[1]:81-95).

In the combined analysis of more than 24,000 patients, individuals who received robotic-assisted rectal resection were found to have a lower rate of urinary retention and ileus and higher quality of life when compared with
laparoscopic surgery.

“Robotic-assisted surgery provides the highest level of dexterity and a nearly three-dimensional view so we can better see the patient’s anatomy,” said Peter M. Kaye, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Englewood Health. “The surgery is less invasive, there is less pain and there is less time spent in the hospital.”

A dedication to the skilled use of emerging surgical technologies, as well as a strong multidisciplinary team approach, has allowed Englewood Health to offer cutting-edge therapies for patients with colorectal and digestive cancers.

The team at Englewood Health has completed more than 1,000 robotic resections for cancer. “We are the most experienced robotic colorectal surgeons in the area,” Dr. Kaye said. “This is what we’re trained to do.”

One important benefit of the robotic approach is the decreased rate of conversion to an open procedure, which in turn reduces postoperative complication rates and allows for a faster interval to completing chemotherapy (Ann Laparosc Endosc Surg 2020;5:9). Being able to perform complex surgeries in a minimally invasive way also benefits patients by decreasing the need for devices, such as colostomy bags.

“Very few surgeons have the technical ability to conduct sphincter-sparing surgery,” said Anna Serur, MD, the chief of colon and rectal surgery at Englewood Health (J Gastrointestinal Surg 2014;18[7]:1358-1372). “Fortunately, we have the special expertise to do these challenging procedures.”

Drs. Serur and Kaye also emphasized the importance of Englewood Health’s strong, multidisciplinary approach to managing patients’ cancers.

“We work very closely with a patient’s medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, with all of the specialties involved in the patient’s care,” Dr. Kaye commented.

Dr. Serur agreed that the team approach in the cancer center is part of what makes Englewood Health stand out. “We take pride in providing excellent care and outcomes,” she said. “We use the latest techniques and medicines, and follow best practices and national recommendations as they are released. We provide our patients with an experience that is special.”

Posted August 20, 2021