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Sandra Sgambati                                       Cynthia Valentino
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For Immediate Release

Englewood Hospital Cardiac and Patient Blood Management Programs Honored as
NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes

ENGLEWOOD, NJ, June 14, 2010 – Two Englewood Hospital and Medical Center programs have been named finalists in the 2010 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. The Medical Center’s Cardiac program was named in the Innovation Hero-Organization category and its Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery is a finalist in the Education Hero-Organization category. The Healthcare Heroes awards program recognizes excellence and innovation and honors the efforts of individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

The Healthcare Heroes awards finalists will be recognized and the winners in each category will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 25, 2010 at The Palace in Somerset Park.

Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Allison DeBlois, New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute; Terrance F. Cahill, Seton Hall University and Sherise Ritter, Mercadien Group.

For more information about the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program or to register for the event, please visit www.njbiz.com/events or contact Sarah Spangler via e-mail at sspangler@njbiz.com or by phone at (732) 246-5713.

About the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Cardiac Program

Englewood Hospital’s cardiac program has achieved national recognition as one of the best in the country. Encompassing cardiac surgery, cardiac electrophysiology and interventional cardiology, the program has achieved consistently excellent patient outcomes, with rates of success among the highest in New Jersey and the nation. The significance of these excellent outcomes is underscored by the fact that Englewood Hospital accepts a high proportion of high-risk, complex cardiac cases, treating patients who could not be helped at some other facilities. With mortality rates for coronary artery bypass graft surgery among the lowest in the state, Englewood Hospital has had a 100% survival rate on the last four consecutive New Jersey Cardiac Report Cards. The Medical Center’s “door to balloon” time (the time from when a patient arrives at the hospital to when a cardiac interventional procedure is started) has been 20 minutes below the national average for the last six years. This has been accomplished, in part, by embracing patient blood management, which helps prevent bleeding and transfusion. Approximately 80% of cardiac surgeries are performed without blood transfusion at Englewood Hospital, which has become a model for other centers. Consistently on the leading edge of medical advancements, the Medical Center is the only hospital in Bergen County treating irregular heart rhythms with the Sensei robotic system, providing cardiac specialists enhanced stability and control, even in hard-to-treat areas of the heart.

About the Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

The Institute for Patient Blood Management & Bloodless Medicine and Surgery is a pioneer and world-renowned leader in Patient Blood Management (PBM), an initiative that seeks to reduce the risks and costs associated with blood transfusions by providing effective transfusion-free alternatives. Formed in 1994 in response to the need among Jehovah’s Witnesses for transfusion-free medical care, the Institute has gained recognition in the U.S. and throughout the world for its comprehensive bloodless medicine and surgery program, which has become the standard of care at the Medical Center. Today, 95% of elective surgeries and approximately 80% of cardiac surgeries performed at Englewood Hospital are transfusion-free. Patient blood management has played a significant role in improving patient outcomes at Englewood Hospital by reducing the increased risk of infection, complication and death rates associated with blood transfusions. The Institute’s leaders are active teachers and ambassadors of Patient Blood Management, with leading institutions here and abroad looking to Englewood Hospital as a model. Physicians from such healthcare leaders as the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins hae come to Englewood Hospital to learn the effective and proven PBM techniques. Representatives from the government of Australia visited Englewood Hospital and subsequently based its own comprehensive blood management effort on Englewood Hospital’s program. Recently, the Institute was awarded $4.69 million in funding by the federal government to train military and civilian physicians and other healthcare providers in using PBM during conflicts or natural disasters when blood is often limited or unavailable. The funding is yet another confirmation of Englewood Hospital’s status as a world leader in the practice of bloodless medicine and surgery.

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides patients with the highest level of compassionate care through a broad range of state-of-the-art clinical programs and the most advanced treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Englewood Hospital is home to a Vascular Fellowship Program that has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of the medical staff at Englewood Hospital serve as faculty members at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the six percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned twice by its nursing staff.