Category Archives: Health

FREEHOLDERS PROCLAIM NOVEMBER ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH

In an effort to raise awareness that help is available for persons suffering with the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders has proclaimed November as Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month.

“Statistics show that there are 170,000 people aged 65 and older in New Jersey suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. “It is vital that we raise awareness and educate residents on how to care for those who are diagnosed with the disease.” Continue reading FREEHOLDERS PROCLAIM NOVEMBER ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS MONTH

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

Mesothelioma Awareness Day takes place on September 26 every year. It is a nationally-designated awareness day for the rare cancer caused by asbestos and known as mesothelioma. Affecting thousands of people every year, mesothelioma is much less well-known than other types of cancer, but it is mostly preventable. With greater awareness, more people can avoid the asbestos exposure that leads to developing the disease.

Awareness also brings in funding for important research that aims to eradicate mesothelioma or to transition from a deadly cancer to a manageable chronic illness. There are many ways to get involved and to participate in Mesothelioma Awareness Day, for those with the disease or those who are interested in supporting patients.

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Free Clinical Health Screenings Available to Women in Ocean County

Community Medical Center’s Community Health Services, a RWJBarnabas Health facility, through a grant provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, coordinates the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program in Ocean County. Currently, free clinical health screenings are available to uninsured women in Ocean County.

The program provides free clinical breast examinations, mammograms, cervical exams and pap smears to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64. To qualify for the program, participants must meet specific income requirements.

Clinics will be held at the Family Planning Center in Lakewood, 290 River Avenue on Thursday, October 5 and on October 19, from 12 to 2:30  pm and at the Ocean County Health Department, 175 Sunset Avenue, Toms River  on Friday, October 6, from 1 to 3:30 pm.

An additional clinic will be held at the Ocean Gynecologic and Obstetrical Associates (OGOA), 475 Route 70, Lakewood on Friday, October 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Appointments are required. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please call 732.557.3202.

The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Theresa Berger, President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI)

Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are facing a severe loss in funding. On September 30, 2017, the Community Health Centers Fund, which accounts for 70% of Federal Funding for our programs and services, will expire. This potential loss could greatly impact their ability to deliver critical services to the patient populations of not only New Jersey, but the nation.

As Board Chairwoman of the New Jersey Primary Care Association, which represents all 23 Health Centers throughout the state of New Jersey, and President and CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI), an FQHC with nine locations in New Jersey, I am gravely concerned for the future of our health care institutions. We are looking for support to help educate Congress about this dire situation, assuring that Health Centers can overcome this potentially catastrophic funding loss and remain safety net providers for underinsured and uninsured Americans. We are all part of a mighty voice that can be generated with the aid of patients and supporters, pushing forward our message urging Congress and our leaders to fix this funding cliff before it is too late. Continue reading The Importance of Federally-Qualified Health Centers

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings Offered for Children Five Years and Older

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will provide free cardiac and concussion screenings to children ages five and older on Saturday, October 14 from 8 am to noon at Community Medical Center in Toms River.

Free concussion screenings are for children 5to 18 years old and cardiac screenings are offered for children 6 to 18 years of age. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register for the screening and to schedule an appointment time, please email teamlink@rwjbh.org.

When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. Ninety percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities and hidden heart conditions are often the cause. This cardiac screening will help to identify children, age six to 18 years of age, who may require further testing or intervention.

The concussion baseline screening is for children, ages five to 18 years old. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) can help identify issues in the future. Children five to 11 will be tested on an iPad which is much more game-like and makes the testing fun. If a child is believed to have suffered a head injury, this screening test may be used to evaluate the severity of the head injury and determine when it is safe to return to normal activities.

The screenings are being offered at Community Medical Center in collaboration with the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, both part of RWJBarnabas Health. The Morahan Center provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings.

Screenings are free of charge and a parent or guardian is asked to be present.

ABOUT MATTHEW J. MORAHAN III
Before finding his true athletic calling on the links, Matthew participated in little league, recreational football, and swimming. In addition to becoming a golfer, Matthew went on to be an enthusiastic sports viewer as well as a devoted runner. To ensure child athletes can safely enjoy the same experiences Matthew did, his family and friends helped to create the Matthew J. Morahan III Memorial Health Assessment Center for Athletes. Young athletes can be screened for otherwise undetectable brain and heart conditions at minimal or no cost. For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, please visit our website at www.barnabashealth.org/morahan or call 973.322.7913.

 

About Community Medical Center:
Opened in 1961, Community Medical Center (CMC) is a fully accredited acute care hospital and offers a comprehensive array of services including advanced cancer care, sophisticated neurology and neurosurgery services including a neuro-interventional lab with a bi-plane, a level 3 Epilepsy Program, and cardiac care featuring three cardiac catheterization labs. CMC’s surgical service features the latest generation daVinci Si robotic surgical platform, the only program in Ocean County. The hospital’s commitment to technology is evidenced by access to advanced radiologic technology and one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy and a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors. As one of the area’s most trusted providers of maternal and children’s services, superior obstetric care, a Level 2 special care nursery with 24/7 on site neonatologists for newborns requiring special care, a dedicated pediatric unit and a pediatrician in the Emergency Department are provided.

Local Heart Disease Survivor Shares Story to Support Heart Walk in Asbury Park

“I had no symptoms whatsoever. I felt no chest pain, and was fit and healthy. It was like someone hit me on the side of the head with a 2×4 when I found out,” sextuplet bypass survivor Howard Schoor shares his story this year as the Survivor Ambassador for the 2017 Shoreline Heart Walk.
Howard Schoor, 78 years young, of Asbury Park never expected to battle heart disease.  Although his father had a valve replacement at age 88, Schoor had no other family history of heart disease.  Despite this, he had a nuclear stress test done every five years, just to be sure.  In October of last year, his test showed some irregularities and his cardiologist requested a catherization.
In mid-December, Schoor underwent the catherization as planned, “expecting the worst-case scenario would be a stent or two.”  But afterterwards, he received the news that he would need bypass surgery to open six arteries in his heart.

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Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Forked River

Are you a person with Medicare living with diabetes or know someone who is? Take control of your health through a free and fun program.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), is continuing its partnership with Meals on Wheels of Ocean County and the Ocean County Office of Senior Services and will provide free diabetes workshops as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program. The EDC program is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program offers free self-management workshops that are open to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. Continue reading Free Diabetes Self-Management Workshops Offered in Forked River

Free Clinical Health Screenings Available to Women in Ocean County

Community Medical Center’s Community Health Services, a RWJ Barnabas Health facility, through a grant provided by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, coordinates the New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection program in Ocean County. Currently, free clinical health screenings are available to uninsured women in Ocean County.

The program provides free clinical breast examinations, mammograms, cervical exams and pap smears to uninsured women between the ages of 40 and 64. To qualify for the program, participants must meet specific income requirements. Continue reading Free Clinical Health Screenings Available to Women in Ocean County

RWJBARNABAS HEALTH AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATING THE STATE’S PREMIER ACADEMIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University today announced plans to partner and create the state’s largest academic health care system dedicated to providing high-quality patient care, leading-edge research and world-class health and medical education that will transform and advance health care in New Jersey.

Rutgers University President Robert Barchi, RWJBarnabas Health President and CEO Barry H. Ostrowsky and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Chancellor Brian Strom provided details of the new partnership outlined in a formal Letter of Intent during a ceremony at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick.

The new venture will enhance the delivery and accessibility of evidence-based health care across the state; boost the recruitment of prominent academic, research and clinical practitioners; and strengthen the advancement of health science innovation and education. Continue reading RWJBARNABAS HEALTH AND RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERSHIP CREATING THE STATE’S PREMIER ACADEMIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM