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Medical center launches first hospital-based medical program for Filipino-Americans

Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J., has launched the first hospital-based Filipino Medical Program in the U.S. Under the umbrella of Holy Name’s Asian Health Services, the program is designed to meet the medical needs of this community in a culturally sensitive environment and provide healthcare amenities to make Filipino-American patients and their families feel welcome and comfortable, according to a news release.

“Holy Name Medical Center’s Filipino Medical Program continues the hospital’s mission to provide culturally-sensitive care,” Holy Name Medical Center President and CEO Michael Maron said in a news release. “The hospital’s Asian Health Services program has become a national model for building sustainable initiatives that improve population health by partnering with physicians, volunteers and charitable donor.”

Customized services include Filipino cuisine items added to the hospital menu for inpatients, Filipino newspapers and cable television channels in patients’ rooms, a translated patient guide, translation services, a dedicated community hotline and a network of Filipino-American physicians.
The FMP also is offering a series of free community health events in northern New Jersey, providing health education resources, assistance with Affordable Care Act enrollment and health screenings for diabetes, hepatitis B, and BMI/body composition.

In New Jersey, the Filipino population increased by more than 23% between 2000 and 2010, and continues to grow, according to the release. More than 116,341 Filipino-Americans live in New Jersey, with the largest groups living in Hudson and Bergen counties. The largest concentrations of Filipinos are in Bergenfield in Bergen County (4,569) and Jersey City (16,213) in Hudson County.

“Holy Name honors the uniqueness of every individual,” Kyung Hee Choi, vice president of Asian health services, said in the release. “Personalizing care for our Filipino patients engenders trust and a sense of security, making patients feel at home. Offering medical services with culturally appropriate healthcare amenities has made patients feel more comfortable at the medical center, encouraging them to undergo preventive screenings and helped them to be more proactive in maintaining their health.”

Holy Name Medical Center’s Asian Health Services also includes the Korean Medical Program established in 2008, the Chinese Medical Program launched earlier in 2015.

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By | 2015-12-08T18:12:34-05:00 December 8th, 2015|Categories: Nursing News|7 Comments

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    marilynn December 13, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    We here in the U.S. are supposed to be a united country, but these days more and more we are being torn apart by singling out certain people in this Country. The U.S. has its own culture. This program is segregation. What about all of the other nationalities that have come to America? Are they all going to get special treatment? What a nightmare for medical staff.

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      kevin December 27, 2015 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      Correct. Healthcare is to bring about the highest level of well being for each patient. It is not meant to cater to specific ethnicities. By doing so you single out other ethnic groups. Irish and Italians have been in this country from the beginning, but there has never been an intiative to cater to their health care needs. Yes Irish people do speak Irish and English, and do have television programs focused on their heritage as do many other ethnic groups. There has been a trend to cater to certain religions such as the jews by providing kosher meals and areas that can only be used by people of the Jewish faith in the hospital setting. Now we can see this trend happening with the muslims. again we forget to cater to other religions such catholics, coptic, protestant, Lutheran etc. Providing health care should be just that. It is not meant to be politically correct. However each provider should be cognizant of religious and cultural beliefs, and accommodate them as much as we can without catering to them or singling them out.

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      walter December 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      @MARILYN You obviously lack information and needs to be educated. You have no place in a medical
      community if all you think about is being torned apart or singled out. Medical staff wouldn’t have a nightmare but rather be grateful for having a job that requires culturally sensitive attitude and professionalism.

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    Jim December 27, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Catering to one segment of society is not new especially in nursing. I have seen it a lot in Texas where Filipinos are brought to this country by the sponsoring hospital. This act alone served to lower wages for all nurses across the board a few months later. This of course was followed by a mass exodus of all clinical staff a few weeks later.

    Hospitals want indentured servants that have no voice to work as slave labor because Americans won’t be treated like that. Eventually these foreigners become US citizens and move on from the hospital in the end. We end up competing with these Filipino nurses and they usually take over hospitals by having their Filipino friends move in. What you have in the end is hospitals full of Filipino nurses speaking their own vernacular language rather than English. American citizens end up listening to this while they are trying to recover in the hospital.
    In my experience, hospitals and doctors want these type of nurses because they worship doctors like Gods but fail in effectively collaborating with the interdisciplinary team. Foreigners will eventually take over this country unless our government does something about it. I am against bringing these outsiders in from any nation to fill
    positions in nursing or medicine because I feel Americans are more deserving.

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      Vikaye January 2, 2016 at 3:22 am - Reply

      These Filipino nurses who were brought in by hospitals were the ones who worked evenings and nights because nobody wanted to. I don’t know where you practice, but where I am, hospitals and doctors respect Filipino nurses because they work rather than whine, they do not call out for a toothache, they go back to graduate school because they have to prove themselves 2 or 3 times as much to get the respect of someone like you. It’s a shame that other nurses demand more when all they did was go to school for 2 years and call themselves a professional.Pharmacists and physical therapists now have doctorate degree as entry level to practice, while nurses are still at the associate level.
      Do your own research because in addition to providing culturally sensitive care, organizations do this as a strategic plan, and if you don’t know why, you may need to read more. If you are competing with the Filipino nurses, I wonder what you did to compete with them. If you’re not happy with what you are getting, maybe that’s your worth, slaves, like what you call the Filipino nurses may deserve better.
      I am currently a nurse executive, earned my masters degree in nursing, my doctorate degree, and now earning my MBA, class of 2017, all courtesy of my hospital, who brought me here from the Philippines, along with 50 other nurses, many years ago. They invested in us and they’ve been reaping the benefits because of our commitment, dedication and work ethics.
      Half of us are still in the same hospital, in various clinical and leadership roles. Their ROI (return on investment, in case you don’t know) has been thousand fold. And we are one of the 100 best hospitals in US News and World Report and number 5 in HCHAPS in my state. My hospital is a Magnet facility, we double the national average of bachelor’s prepared RNs, and specialty national certification rate. Next time you go back to work, do a secret survey on how many of your Filipino nurse colleagues have bachelors degree. You may not believe what you discover. And care provided by BSN prepared nurses has been proven to be favorable compared to those who are not. I wish you luck in your quest to get what you deserve and instead of looking outward to Filipino nurses, you may need to look inward and make yourself a better person to those around you rather than ranting insensitive public comments.

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    Nancy December 28, 2015 at 3:02 am - Reply

    My sentiments exactly, Marilynn! What about the other immigrants i.e. from India, Egypt, Syria, Central America, Italy, Nigeria, etc? What if the census is low on the “Filipino Floor” – are they going to intermingle other nationalities or keep empty beds? How is that for respect for all? What if a preponderance of filipinos are hospitalized and need to be admitted to the non-filipino area? What about staffing? Are non-filipino staff going to be sent to work on this floor if the filipino staffing is insufficient? I believe one of the benefits of being in America is just that – being here and living the American way. English is the American language – how about providing interpreters if needed? How about those who come to this country learn English? Otherwise, the hospital is basically discriminating against all other cultures who are not filipino. And I have known many filipinos who work hard and learn our language and assimilate into the american way happily and do well. Did anyone ask them if they prefer this concept?

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    Medical Center Philippines July 8, 2016 at 6:16 am - Reply

    It was nice to here that privileges such as these are being offered to our fellow Filipino. It was with great honor to be recognized as likely to be aided instead of one being the one asked for help. Seriously! thank you for warming my heart with this gem.

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