Category Archives: Somerset County

Annual Shriver Cup Unified Soccer Tournament Huge Success

On Sunday, Special Olympics New Jersey hosted its annual Shriver Cup Unified Soccer Tournament at the Player’s Development Academy in Somerset, NJ.

Competitors with and without intellectual disabilities competed side-by-side on each team, and hailed from colleges and high schools from across New Jersey. Teams competed in college and high school divisions.

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Marcus Lozano, the Special Olympics and Project Unify coordinator at Union Hill Middle School, describes his team’s experience – the first soccer tournament for many of his players. “We played our first game and lost. Everyone was so disappointed but we knew there was another game left. We then competed in the Bronze medal game and won! We were all ecstatic, knowing that we would be receiving a medal. Seeing our players walk across the stage and having a medal placed over their head was the proudest moment of my coaching career. The smiles were bigger than any I had ever seen. The players even wore their medals and shirts at school on Monday. Other teachers told me that they were ‘walking much taller’ that day.”

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More Than $70,000 Raised at the Seventh Annual Steeplechase Distance Run

More than 1,000 cancer survivors, physicians, local residents, family and friends gathered for the seventh annual Steeplechase Distance Run at Amsterdam Elementary School in Hillsborough on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Every year, the event honors the lives lost to cancer and celebrates those in recovery, and this year the run raised more than $70,000 for the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. The event, organized by Somerset Health Care Foundation, featured a 10K run, 5K run, 2-mile walk, kid sprints, music, refreshments, face painting and more, over a scenic course through Hillsborough.

Dr. Delia Figueroa, center, with members of Team Jonathan who participated in the 2015 Steeplechase Distance Run to benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.
Dr. Delia Figueroa, center, with members of Team Jonathan who participated in the 2015 Steeplechase Distance Run to benefit the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

“I’m proud of the team we have here at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and our local neighbors for their relentless ambition in helping us continue to develop superior support services and educational programs that help our patients live longer and healthier lives” said Brian D. Agnew, Chief Development Officer, Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “The funds raised from this year’s Steeplechase Distance Run/Walk will enable us to continue to offer a wide range of complementary medical oncology programs for cancer survivors and host educational events to keep our community healthier and happier. We are thankful for all of the generous people who joined us at the event to celebrate life and honor those who have been affected by cancer.” Continue reading More Than $70,000 Raised at the Seventh Annual Steeplechase Distance Run

RWJUH Expands its Health Professions Scholars Program for H.S. Students to its Somerset Campus

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is expanding its Health Professions Scholars Program (HPSP) to the Somerset campus to inspire and motivate high school students to explore and plan for advanced education in Allied Healthcare professions upon graduation. The HPSP program introduces healthcare careers to high school students with an aptitude for math and science, through healthcare career and specific topic presentations, visual and hands-on tours in clinical areas, certification classes, Allied Healthcare career-shadowing opportunities and senior internships with Allied Healthcare professionals and healthcare department teams.

The Health Professions Scholars Program launched at RWJ New Brunswick in 1992 with 48 New Brunswick high school students in partnership with the New Brunswick Board of Education. In 2000, the New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School opened on land donated by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Today, under the leadership of Rosanne Tully, RN, Health Professions Outreach Manager, the HPSP program with the New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School has expanded and grown to 200 students.

Due to the success of the program at RWJ New Brunswick, the hospital has launched a similar program at its Somerset campus, which will be referred to as the Somerville Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA). Like the program in New Brunswick, the joint venture between Somerville public schools and RWJUH provides a unique opportunity for high school students to learn first-hand about the many healthcare careers available and gain valuable knowledge, skills and experiences in a hospital setting that cannot be duplicated in a traditional high school classroom. SMSA students will receive an exclusive opportunity as freshmen and sophomores to attend Allied Healthcare education presentations with RWJ Somerset staff which will progress to junior and senior year individual career shadow/internships with individual Allied Healthcare professionals and healthcare departments, similar to what is offered to New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School students at RWJ’s New Brunswick campus. Continue reading RWJUH Expands its Health Professions Scholars Program for H.S. Students to its Somerset Campus

Golf Outing Benefits Seriously and Terminally Ill Children-Golfers and Sponsors Needed

Get in the swing to help children with serious and terminal illnesses in need of end-of-life care as well as provide support for their parents. Golfers and sponsors are needed for the 6th Annual Circle of Life golf outing, Monday, September 28, 2015, at Basking Ridge Country Club, 185 Madisonville Ridge, Bernards Township, New Jersey 07920. 

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Proceeds from this golf outing will directly benefit the Circle of Life Children’s Center where all services are free.*

Lisa Gallicchio, co-chairwoman of the event and the director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, is urging golfers and sponsors to register now.

BARD Medical Products is one of the major sponsors of this event along with PHHC. Sponsorships range from $15,000 to $150. Other supporters are Circle of Life trustees Joel Markel, president and CEO of PHHC, and Todd Thiede, CPA, CFO of PHHC.

Circle of Life Children’s Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation located in Magnolia House, Elizabeth, less than five minutes from University Hospital in Newark where the pediatric palliative care team is located.

The fee per golfer is $300 ($1200 for a foursome) and includes lunch, cocktails and dinner at 6:30 p.m.; golf contests; awards; prizes; an auction; and a 50/50 raffle. The fee for cocktails and dinner only is $100. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.; shotgun start is 12:30 p.m. 

To register or for questions, contact Celeste Layton at 908-353-5061 or email clayton@CircleOfLifeNJ.org.

Red Cross Issues URGENT Call for Most Needed Blood Types

The American Red Cross is facing a looming shortage of the blood types most needed by patients and is calling on eligible donors with O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Blood donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Overall, blood donations in the Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region have been approximately 2,085 fewer per month in June and July this year than the previous 10 months of the year. When demand for the most needed types begins to outpace donations, the Red Cross alerts donors to help restock the shelves.

Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Types B negative and A negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients. Eligible donors are encouraged to donate double red cells – a process where two units of red cells are collected while most of the plasma and platelets are returned to the donor – where available.

“Summer blood shortages are not uncommon, but they can be prevented when generous volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives,” said Nick Gehrig, senior communications director, Red Cross Blood Services. “Many donors have already given this summer. We’re now asking donors who haven’t donated, and those who are eligible again, to make an appointment to give now to help ensure blood products are available for patients.”

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Platelets and type AB plasma also needed

Platelet donors and those with type AB blood are also continually needed to help ensure patients receive the lifesaving blood products they need. Platelets – a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, surgical patients and bone narrow recipients – must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Donors with type AB blood are urged to give blood or platelets to restock the plasma supply. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types.

Individuals who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again and help patients like an expectant mother at a Red Cross-supported hospital who is currently receiving nearly 100 units of blood products a week until she delivers. Her need alone could add up to 1,100 units.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

Hunderton:

Flemington
8/10/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., YMCA Hunterdon, 144 West Woodschurch Road

Mercer:

Lawrenceville
8/13/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fortis Institute, 2572 Brunswick Pike

Princeton
8/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 506 Carnegie Center, 506 Carnegie Center Drive
8/14/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton, 5000 Windrow Drive

Middlesex:

East Brunswick
8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Post 133, 485 Cranbury Road
8/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boston Properties, One Tower Center Boulevard
8/12/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wilkin & Guttenplan, PC, 1200 Tices Lane

New Brunswick
8/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Parlin
8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aquatics & Fitness Center, 333 Cheesequake Road

Monmouth:

Freehold
8/4/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Adelphia Fire House No. 2, 993 State Route 33

Middletown
8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road

Neptune
8/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Word of Faith Church of God, 108 Fortunato Place

Red Bank
8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chapin Hill, 100 Chapin Avenue
8/11/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard

Ocean:

Manahawkin
8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane
8/15/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vitamin Shoppe, 237 Stafford Park Boulevard

Toms River
8/5/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East
8/12/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street
8/14/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ramada Inn, 2737 Route 9

Whiting
8/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530

Somerset:

Basking Ridge
8/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pulte Group/ Pulte Homes of NJ, 222 Mount Airy Road

Hillsborough
8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillsborough Fire Department 2, 375 Route 206

Somerset
8/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Turkish Cultural Center, 300 Franklin Square Drive

Union:

Summit
8/17/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

How to donate blood

The free Blood Donor App – available in app stores by searching for American Red Cross or by texting BLOODAPP to 90999 – not only makes appointment scheduling easy, but donors can also access their digital donor card and be notified when their donation is distributed to a hospital. Donors can also visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Every Two Seconds Someone Needs Blood: Red Cross Urges Blood Donations

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.

With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

Hunterdon

Flemington

8/10/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., YMCA Hunterdon, 144 West Woodschurch Road

Ringoes

8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Living Waters Lutheran Church, 11 Old York Road

Mercer

Lawrenceville

8/13/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fortis Institute, 2572 Brunswick Pike

Princeton

8/1/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, 237 N. Harrison Street

8/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 506 Carnegie Center, 506 Carnegie Center Drive

8/14/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Atrium Post Acute Care of Princeton, 5000 Windrow Drive

Middlesex

East Brunswick

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Post 133, 485 Cranbury Road

8/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boston Properties, One Tower Center Boulevard

8/12/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wilkin & Guttenplan, PC, 1200 Tices Lane

New Brunswick

8/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Parlin

8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aquatics & Fitness Center, 333 Cheesequake Road

Monmouth

Freehold

8/4/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Adelphia Fire House No. 2, 993 State Route 33

Middletown

8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road

Neptune

8/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Word of Faith Church of God, 108 Fortunato Place

Oakhurst

8/1/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Raymour and Flanigan, 1606 Highway 35

Red Bank

8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chapin Hill, 100 Chapin Avenue

8/11/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard

Ocean

Manahawkin

8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Parish Center, 100 Bishop Lane

8/15/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Vitamin Shoppe, 237 Stafford Park Boulevard

Toms River

8/1/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1500 Hooper Avenue

8/5/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

8/12/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street

8/14/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Ramada Inn, 2737 Route 9

Whiting

8/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., The Pines at Whiting, 509 Route 530

Somerset

Basking Ridge

8/2/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

8/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pulte Group/ Pulte Homes of NJ, 222 Mount Airy Road

Hillsborough

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillsborough Fire Department 2, 375 Route 206

Union

Roselle Park

8/1/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place

Summit

8/17/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

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How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Red Cross Seeks Blood Donations to Offset Seasonal Decline

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to help offset a seasonal decline in donations and prevent a shortage this summer by giving blood.

 

During June, July and August, there are about two fewer donors than needed at each Red Cross blood drive. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer. Many schools that host blood drives are out of session, and vacation schedules can make regular donors less available – both contributing to the seasonal decline.

 

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer. Type AB donors have the universal plasma type, which can be given to patients of all blood types. Plasma helps maintain blood pressure and supplies critical proteins for clotting immunity. It is often needed for burn, trauma and cancer patients.

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To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

 

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

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Hunterdon

Flemington

8/10/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., YMCA Hunterdon, 144 West Woodschurch Road

Ringoes

8/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Living Waters Lutheran Church, 11 Old York Road

Mercer

East Windsor

7/18/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Weichert Realtors, 417 Route 130

Hamilton

7/29/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 1200 Klockner Road

Hamilton Square

7/21/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Nottingham Fire Company, 200 Mercer Street

Lawrenceville

8/13/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Fortis Institute, 2572 Brunswick Pike

Pennington

7/31/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, One Capital Way

7/31/2015: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m., Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell, One Capital Way

Princeton

8/1/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad, 237 N. Harrison Street

8/11/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Boston Properties, 101 Carnegie Center Drive

8/14/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Pavilions at Forrestal, 5000 Windrow Drive

Princeton Junction

7/16/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Princeton Junction Firehouse, 245 Clarksville Road

Titusville

7/16/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

Trenton

7/23/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saint Bartholomew Lutheran Church, 1746 S. Clinton Avenue

Middlesex

Cranbury

7/19/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Jeevar Ashram/Jet USA, 222 Dey Road

East Brunswick

7/18/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Brunswick Hills Obstetrics & Gynecology, 620 Cranbury Road

7/18/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Certifications for Life, 4 Cornwall Drive

8/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Boston Properties, One Tower Center Boulevard

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Post 133, 485 Cranbury Road

Edison

7/26/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 50 Raritan Center Parkway

New Brunswick

7/25/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, 39 Morris Street

8/6/2015: 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Rutgers University Student Center, 126 College Avenue

Parlin

8/15/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Aquatics & Fitness Center, 333 Cheesequake Road

Monmouth

Freehold

8/4/2015: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Adelphia Fire House No. 2, 993 State Route 33

Neptune

8/8/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Word of Faith Church of God, 108 Fortunato Place

Oakhurst

8/1/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Raymour and Flanigan, 1606 Highway 35

Red Bank

8/11/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chapin Hill, 100 Chapin Avenue

8/11/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lunch Break, 121 Drs. James Parker Boulevard

Somerset

Basking Ridge

8/2/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

8/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Pulte Group/ Pulte Homes of NJ, 222 Mount Airy Road

Hillsborough

8/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Hillsborough Fire Department 2, 375 Route 206

Raritan

7/16/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

Skillman

7/16/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Johnson & Johnson South, 199 Grandview Road

7/21/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Orchard, 23 Orchard Road, Town Hall

Union

Rahway

8/14/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Ebenezer Africian Methodist Episcopal Church, 253 Central Avenue

Roselle Park

8/1/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 113 Chiego Place

Summit

7/20/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross, 695 Springfield Avenue

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

RWJUH Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for New 3D Mammography Screening Program

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of the expansion of its breast cancer screening program with the introduction of 3D mammography. As of June 15, 2015, the hospital now offers its patients the option to get 3D mammography, the latest and most advanced technology in breast cancer screenings and detection, at the Sanofi US Breast Care Program in the Steeplechase Cancer Center, located at 30 Rehill Avenue in Somerville. Traditional mammography is only two dimensional, taking images of the breast from two angles. 3D mammogram moves in an arc over the breasts to capture multiple images of the breast from various angles that create a clear, 3D reconstruction of the breast, which allows radiologists to examine the patient’s breast tissue in far greater detail. The 3D mammogram picks up invasive tumors and abnormalities more easily, increases accuracy, avoids false alarms and detects breast cancer at its earliest stages when it is the most treatable. For more information or to schedule an appointment for a 3D mammogram, please call 908-704-3740.

Angela Lanfranchi, MD, breast surgeon and co-director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; Myra Wedmid, MD, radiologist and co-director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; David Fernandez, vice president of the Cancer Hospital, Perioperative Services and Neuroscience Center at RWJUH; Diane Siglin, assistant director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; Katrina Losa, administrative director of the Steeplechase Cancer Center; Anthony Cava, chief administrative officer of RWJUH Somerset; and Michael Antoniades, executive vice president and chief operating officer, RWJUH.
Angela Lanfranchi, MD, breast surgeon and co-director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; Myra Wedmid, MD, radiologist and co-director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; David Fernandez, vice president of the Cancer Hospital, Perioperative Services and Neuroscience Center at RWJUH; Diane Siglin, assistant director of the Sanofi US Breast Care Program; Katrina Losa, administrative director of the Steeplechase Cancer Center; Anthony Cava, chief administrative officer of RWJUH Somerset; and Michael Antoniades, executive vice president and chief operating officer, RWJUH.

Red Cross Urges Blood Donations to Maintain Summer Blood Supply

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American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

 

Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood donors to be less available to give during the summer. However, hospital patients still depend on volunteer donors to receive lifesaving transfusions – the need for blood does not get a vacation.

 

To encourage more people to donate around Independence Day, all those who come out to donate blood July 2-6, 2015, will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat, while supplies last.

 

Eligible donors are encouraged to choose their day to make a difference. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

 

American Red Cross Blood Donation Center:

Central New Jersey Donor Center

707 Alexander Rd., Suite 701, Princeton Township
Mondays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (platelet pheresis)

Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Fridays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (whole blood & platelet pheresis)

Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. (whole blood)

NJ

Mercer

East Windsor

7/6/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 395 Route 130 North

Hamilton

7/3/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Chick-Fil-A Hamilton Marketplace, 555 Marketplace Boulevard

7/3/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Chick-Fil-A Hamilton Marketplace, 555 Marketplace Boulevard

Princeton

7/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Princeton University, Olden and Williams Streets, Friend Center

Titusville

7/9/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Johnson & Johnson Titusville Campus, 1125 Trenton-Harbourton Road

 

Middlesex

Iselin

7/5/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Dunkin Donuts, 801 Green Street

 

Monmouth

Manasquan

7/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., South Wall Fire Department, 2605 Atlantic Avenue

Neptune

7/8/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., The FoodBank of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, 3300 Route 66

Tinton Falls

7/6/2015: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Jersey Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/9/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/9/2015: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m., American Red Cross, 1540 W. Park Avenue

7/15/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., American Red Cross Chapter, 1540 W. Park Avenue

 

Ocean

Lakehurst

7/8/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street

7/8/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Lakehurst Community Center, 207 Center Street

Manahawkin

7/2/2015: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Moose Lodge, 120 Route 72

Toms River

7/1/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

7/15/2015: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., TR Hotel, 290 Route 37 East

 

Somerset

Basking Ridge

7/5/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. James Roman Catholic Church, 184 S. Finley Avenue

Raritan

7/9/2015: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.-Raritan Campus-Janssen, 1000 Route 202 South, OMP Building

Skillman

7/9/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Johnson & Johnson North, 199 Grandview Avenue

Union

Cranford

7/2/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Avenue East

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.