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The Center for Korean Health & Wellness at Englewood Hospital Names New Manager

Prisca Leigh, Manager of The Center for Korean Health & Wellness at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. (Photo Courtesy: Englewood Hospital)

(Englewood, NJ, July 23, 2013) – Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Prisca Leigh as Manager of its newly named Center for Korean Health & Wellness. 

Ms. Leigh previously served as the Deputy Executive Director at the Korean Community Center in Englewood, New Jersey, where she oversaw strategic planning and program development, fundraising, and operations of healthcare services and cultural and educational services.  Joining in Ms. Leigh’s efforts at Englewood Hospital are full-time Korean student interns and Korean community volunteers.

“We are pleased that Prisca will be at the helm of our Korean community outreach efforts,” said Michael Pietrowicz, Senior Vice President of Planning and Program Development at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “We are dedicated to providing Bergen County’s Korean‐American community with access to the highest quality healthcare.  We have proudly partnered with local organizations throughout the region to offer screenings and education to ensure that area Korean-Americans have access to healthcare at our hospital with ease and comfort.”

In her new role, Ms. Leigh will lead the Medical Center’s efforts in providing the highest quality health care to the Korean community without cultural and language barriers and supporting Korean physicians and patients to dedicate themselves together for the best health and wellness.  

“I am delighted to have this wonderful opportunity,” said Ms. Leigh. “We recognize the need to expand and enhance our Korean services and outreach in Bergen and neighboring counties and we have many exciting plans on the horizon.”

According to the latest market share data, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has the region’s second highest Korean-American patient admissions among the area’s six hospitals.  Approximately 70 Korean-American physicians in numerous disciplines are affiliated with Englewood Hospital. Also, more than 80 Korean-speaking adult and junior volunteers provide comfort, support and translation for patients and families during their visit. 

A Korean menu is available daily for patients and their families featuring MSG-free choices such as seaweed soup, seasoned baked fish or cucumber salad.  Korean menu choices also are available in the café.

A Korean Community Outreach Task Force at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center formed last fall to ensure that its policies, programs and medical services were known to the Korean-American Community through the translation of hospital signage, patient forms, program brochures and special event information. The committee, which includes Korean-American board members and physicians, meets regularly to evaluate existing and new programs to enhance outreach efforts.

Recently, the Medical Center hosted a Korean Wellness Festival offering free health screenings, wellness services and healthy lifestyle information. The event, sponsored by BankAsiana, drew hundreds of visitors who availed themselves of the free glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, pulmonary and depression screenings, fitness and nutrition information and opportunity to meet Korean physicians on staff.

Additionally, the Medical Center launched a Korean Behavioral Health Seminar Series last spring.  A well-attended program on stress and stress-related illness as they relate to the Korean-American community and culture was presented at Englewood Hospital. Presentations were conducted in Korean by bi-lingual health and medical experts who answered questions at the program’s conclusion.  The next seminar will be scheduled this fall.

Englewood Hospital also has expanded in publicity and marketing efforts in the Korean community by launching a Korean language section on the Medical Center’s website and expanding its advertising presence in several local Korean newspapers.

To learn more, visit Englewood Hospital’s Korean language website at www.EnglewoodHospital.com or contact The Center for Korean Health & Wellness at 201-608-2341.  

New Korean community volunteers are welcome to assist Medical Center staff, patients and their families by calling the Volunteer Office at 201-894-3066.

 

 
About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
 
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, 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 acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.  Its Vascular Fellowship Program has trained a generation of world-class vascular surgeons.  Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty 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 three times by its nursing staff.