The Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation raised $50,000 for nursing scholarships June 4 at the Prosperity Awards: Investing in the Future of Nursing at The Palace at Somerset Park, Somerset, N.J., to honor nurses at Hunterdon Medical Center.
The 2014 award recipients were Jackie Allen Hale, RN, APNC, MSN, AOCN, APNG, program coordinator of the family risk assessment program in the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center and Melissa Hanscin, RN, BSN, evening nursing supervisor. Hale and Hanscin each were presented with a custom-made necklace, according to a news release.
Attendees were entertained by Bravo TVs Top Chef, Fabio Viviani, as he demonstrated how to prepare his favorite recipes from his new cookbook, Fabios Italian Kitchen.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the Hunterdon Medical Center Foundations Friends of Nursing fund, which allows the hospitals nurses to attend conferences and educational seminars nationwide.
ED nurse Cynthia Martinez, RN, said the fund helped her take part in an outstanding learning opportunity.
As a result of the prosperity awards, I got to be one of the recipients of a scholarship that allowed me to attend a national-level conference for the Emergency Nurses Association, Martinez said in the release. These conferences are important because you get to take away a lot of ideas that will help facilitate a higher level of care that you can give to your patients.
Hunterdon Healthcare employs nearly 600 nurses.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Somerville, N.J.: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are expanding their gynecologic oncology program to the Somerset campus at the Steeplechase Cancer Center.
The new program will take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of and clinical research on cancers of the female reproductive system, including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, vulvar, fallopian tube, primary peritoneal and endometrial cancers, in addition to gestational trophoblastic disease; vulvar, vaginal or cervical dysplasia; and complex benign surgical conditions.
The program will offer a full spectrum of care, including diagnosis, surgery, radiation oncology, chemotherapy, psychosocial services, genetic testing, palliative medicine, hospice care, educational programming, support and counseling.
Bellevue Hospital Center, Manhattan: The Breast Care Service at Bellevue, part of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, has been awarded Center of Excellence accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American College of Surgeons.
This full three-year accreditation demonstrates that Bellevue Hospital provides the highest level of breast cancer treatment and management that you can attain nationally, Kathie-Ann Joseph, director of the breast services, said in a news release. The patient can be assured that she is receiving the highest level of care by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and support staff.
The NAPBC accreditation program challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of care against national standards.
The clinical team is supported on-site by an oncology trained nursing team, psychiatry, social work, chemo pharmacists, patient navigators, therapeutic artists, a legal health attorney and trained volunteers.
The Breast Care Service has 2,678 visits a year 12% of the Bellevue Cancer Center volume, according to the release.
The NAPBC also selected three Bellevue Hospital patient education components, available in English, Spanish and Mandarin, to be included in the NAPBC National Best Practice Repository and shared with other healthcare providers around the country: Bellevue Hospital Breast Care Service patient education videos, which include three animated videos that allow patients to see a mastectomy, sentinel lymph node dissection and a lumpectomy; Bellevue Hospital Breast Care Service patient-centered notebook, which is given to patients whose care can be customized based on the patients diagnosis and type of surgery and includes a Bellevue Hospital map and glossary; and Bellevue Hospital Breast Care Service patient care summary, a checklist given to patients at the end of their visit that lists which provider they saw, diagnosis, what tests were ordered, contact numbers and next appointment.