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Congratulations to JFK Family Medicine Center: Center for Pregnancy for being selected as a 2015 Community Leader of Distinction!

JFK Medical Center Named Screening Center of Excellence

Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.


Dr. Haralabos Zacharatos of JFK Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke & Neurovascular Center Discusses Meningitis

Attending physician at JFK Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke & Neurovascular Center Dr. Haralabos Zacharatos discusses the signs and symptoms of meningitis and the need for prompt diagnosis and proper treatment to reduce the spread of the infection. Meningitis is an infection around the brain that can cause seizures, hearing loss, or possibly death if not treated quickly. Some of the symptoms are fever, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, or a change in your behavior. If anyone exhibits these symptoms or has been around someone who has bacterial meningitis, should see a doctor as soon as possible to get tested.

Wellness Woodbridge: A visit to JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute

Physicians from JFK Johnson’s The Center for Sports and Spine Medicine (CSSM) department provide insight on the comprehensive services offered to individuals who are suffering from musculoskeletal injuries or chronic pain conditions. From diagnosis and evaluation to treatment and rehabilitation, our goal is to help you return to the highest level of function while improving your overall quality of life.

JFK Neuroscience Institute’s Dr. Thomas Steineke discuss Virtual Brain Surgery

JFK Neuroscience Institute’s chairman, Dr. Thomas Steineke, discusses the use of virtual reality and easing the patients’ anxiety about brain surgery.

JFK Medical Center Recognized for Excellence with ACC Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI


The American College of Cardiology has recognized Hackensack Meridian Health JFK Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac cath lab for care, including diagnostic catheterizations and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. JFK Medical Center was awarded Cardiac Cath Lab Accreditation with PCI in May based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who come to the cardiac cath lab. JFK Medical Center is proud to be the only cardiac cath lab in New Jersey to achieve this prestigious designation.

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Not Just Football, Athletes in Summer Spring Sports Also At Risk for Concussion and 'Sub-Concussion' Injuries

'Sub-Concussive' Blows in Lacrosse, Soccer, Volleyball, Frisbee and Other Sports Can Add Up to Injure Young Brains

EDISON, NJ — Although football attracts the most attention when it comes to concussion, a prominent brain injury specialist warns that other sports — such as baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee and soccer — also put young athletes at risk for brain injury — from both concussion and sub-concussive/repetitive head injuries.

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Hackensack Meridian Health Co-CEOs speak with Imus in the Morning

Co-CEOs from Hackensack Meridian Health speak with 77 WABC Radio, Imus in the Morning about the state of health care in New Jersey, the role of Hackensack Meridian Health and the new and exciting merger with JFK Medical Center.

JFK Health Joins Hackensack Meridian Health and Expands New Jersey’s Most Comprehensive and Integrated Health Care Network to 16 Hospitals

Edison, NJ, January 3, 2018 – Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network, is proud to announce that JFK Health in Edison, a leading hospital system that is nationally recognized for its pediatric and adult neuroscience and rehabilitation Institutes, is joining the network which will expand to 16 hospitals. With now more than 160 patient care locations, Hackensack Meridian Health is the largest health network in the state.

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Healthgrades names JFK Medical Center a five-star recipient for bariatric surgery

HG Five Star for Bariatric Surgery Image 2018JFK Medical Center is proud to announce that it has achieved 5 stars for its performance in Bariatric Surgery from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 34 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions.

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Denise Marra DePekary Joins JFK Foundation Board

The JFK Foundation is proud to announce the recent appointment of Denise Marra DePekary, Esq. of Warren Township, to its Board of Directors.


JFK Johnson Among 16 'Model System' Sites

Carol Ann Campbell, Campbell Health Media

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute one of just 16 Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) sites in the nation, a designation that includes a $2.1 million grant to conduct brain injury research over the next five years.

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October is National Audiology Awareness Month


Active toddler, Arav Naik with JFK Johnson Audiologist, Dr. Sarah Kader, during his quarterly follow-up tests at JFK Johnson Speech and Audiology. Photo: Insight Photography.

Arav Naik is your average toddler, talking, playing, and curious about the world around him. Two and a half years ago, however, his future looked very different. His parents, Mahesh and Shantala, of Edison, NJ, look back at his first few months, grateful for the fast action by the audiology team at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.


JFK Nurse Chronicles Recovery After Coding Own Stroke

By Phillip Castillo, Contributor


After suffering a stroke, 30-year-old JFK Medical Center nurse Phillip Castillo was pulled back from the brink of death by a team of JFK surgeons, medical physicians, nurses and rehab specialists, then accomplished his goal of running a 5K this summer.

A healthy, 30-year-old male nurse working in the stroke unit at JFK Medical Center in Edison had a stroke and called his own code. Along with a team of JFK surgeons, medical physicians, nurses and rehab specialists, he was pulled back from death and eventually achieved a full recovery. This summer, he accomplished his goal to run a 5K. Following is his story, in his own words.

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Comedian Tracy Morgan Presents Award to Nurse Juan Ramirez

Comedian Tracy Morgan gives first annual award for rehabilitation nursing to JFK Johnson nurse, Juan Ramirez.

JFK Emergency Department Patient Arrival Pavilion Named after Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti


Photo: (Left to right) Donna Meade, President of the JFK Medical Center Foundation, Helen Paterniti, Carmen Paterniti, and Raymond Fredericks, President & CEO, JFK Health, stand in front of the entrance to the newly dedicated Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti Patient Arrival Pavilion.

On Friday, September 22, a signage dedication ceremony was held at JFK Medical Center as the Emergency Department’s Patient Arrival Pavilion was named after former Edison mayor and long-time member of JFK’s medical/dental staff, Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti. To honor the memory of his brother, Carmen Paterniti and his wife Nan made a $500,000 contribution to the JFK Foundation to establish the Dr. Thomas H. Paterniti ED Endowment Fund, to support the needs of JFK Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

JFK Medical Center Awarded the Labor and Delivery 5-Star Excellence Award and Named in the Top 10% in the Nation by Healthgrades


JFK Medical Center is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and a 5-Star rating, according to Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This distinction places JFK Medical Center in the top 10% of all hospitals evaluated for the exceptional care of mothers during labor and delivery.


The Auxiliary of the JFK Foundation hosts trip to 'CHIHULY Nights' at New York Botanical Garden

The Heather Twig, a committee of the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation, is proudly hosting a trip to the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) after hours adventure at the CHIHULY Nights exhibit on Thursday, September 14th. The cost per person is $80 and includes: an unforgettable self-guided tour of the New York Botanical Garden at night, a stop at Little Italy’s Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (leisure time for shopping and dinner on your own) and round trip transportation to and from JFK Medical Center’s campus in Edison.


JFK Medical Center Honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized JFK Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.


JFK Medical Center Celebrates 50th Birthday with First Baby

David DeSantis has always liked to be first. It began with his birth — the first at the just-opened maternity ward at JFK Medical Center — on Jan. 15, 1968.


JFK Medical Center Again Named 2017 Most Wired Using Technology to Partner with Patients on Healthcare

Technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health, according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. JFK is proud to be named a ‘Most Wired’ hospital for demonstrating a commitment to technology that increases patient safety and communication.


New JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Opens To Speed Recovery and Extend Lives for Patients with Heart and Lung Disease

The new JFK Johnson Center for Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation opened this week to speed the recovery and extend the lives of people with heart and lung disease. The newly expanded and renovated center provides highly specialized, closely monitored exercise programs as well as nutritional counseling, stress management and behavioral modification.


Suffering stroke has changed the way this JFK nurse will treat patients

"This is the worst headache of my life."

 Those are the eight words nurse Philip Castillo texted his wife Robin shortly before a searing pain ripped through his body. The 31-year-old was working his last shift in JFK Medical Center's stroke unit one Friday afternoon in November.


Exceptional Nurses Lead The Way To A 5-Star Rating


JFK Medical Center's golden anniversary year has been marked with numerous commemorative events and highlights. Most recently, the labor and delivery team was recognized for their outstanding performance in women's care with the prestigious 2017 Labor and Delivery Excellence Award™ and in the top 10 percent of all hospitals by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.


Specially Trained Pediatric Nurses and Physicians Staff Pediatric Emergency Department

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A trip to the hospital Emergency Department can be stressful no matter at what age or the reason for the visit. That stress can be even greater for a child who doesn't know what to expect, and who can be overwhelmed and frightened by the sights and sounds of an Emergency Department that serves patients of all ages.


Dr. Kirmani Receives American Heart Association - NJ Physician of the Year Award

Robotic Surgery at JFK Helps Patients Avoid Chemotherapy

Michael Lasser, MD, Urologist, consults with robotic surgery patient Martin Joseph of Old Bridge, after prostate procedure.

Martin Joseph of Old Bridge wasn’t alarmed when he was told that his annual physical showed his PSA (prostate-specific antigen) was elevated from the year before. He went to see a urologist, who recommended a biopsy of his prostate.


JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Sign Definitive Agreement to Merge

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Today, the Boards of Trustees of JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced that the two not-for-profit health networks signed a definitive agreement to merge. The agreement follows more than five months of due diligence where a thorough review of clinical, regulatory, service, and financial issues occurred. The agreement now undergoes regulatory review with the state Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission.


Parkinson's Patient Can Control Treatment with iPod

By Briana Vannozzi, Correspondent

You can’t see tremors in Paul Detlefsen’s hands now, but a decade ago, the outlook for this 43-year-old Parkinson’s disease patient looked a lot different. “My symptoms were mostly in the right arm, sever tremors,” he said. Detlefsen underwent what’s called deep brain stimulation surgery.

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Career Options Day

The Johnson Rehabilitation Institute at JFK Medical Center invites you to the 35th annual Career Options Day on April 7, 2017 from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.

Career day features workshops for career and job seekers and provides and opportunity to meet and discuss positions and career paths with company reps.

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JFK Adult Medical Day Program Client Celebrates 102 Years Young


Eva Gemma Curcione (pictured on the left) wanted to celebrate her special (102nd) birthday by honoring the memory of her four brothers, who were firefighters. Eva was quite touched and surprised when an entire Fire Department came parading in behind the Edison Mayor along with former Councilman, Dr. Prasad. 


Life without limbs: Amputees bond at 'Ampuversary'


It's what they are missing that brings them together. Every year, nearly 2,000 amputees from across the tristate area visit the JFK Johnson Institute for treatment.


JFK Nurses Provide Hats with Hearts


The nursing staff at JFK Medical Center are gifting newborn babies born in the month of February and their moms handmade red hats in honor of Heart Month and an in support of the American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts™ program.


JKF Medical Center Goes Red for Women to Support the American Heart Association


JFK Medical Center staff wore red in honor of Wear Red Day on Feb 3, 2017 to promote awareness for women and heart health. Women’s heart attack symptoms differ from men’s, as does their heart health risk. 


Olympian JFK Doctors Helps Swimmer Get Back in the Pool

BC freshman swimmer Devon Black overcame a serious back injury and the catalyst in her return to the pool was a 1992 Olympic swimmer and JFK doctor:


Teaching Life and School Lessons at the Keith Wold Johnson Childcare Center

Teachers at the Keith Wold Johnson Childcare Center in Edison strive to create activities that help build character skills and connect teachers to children and their parents.

Once Kindergarten teacher Erin Sullivan learned of "The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive" a program spearheaded by Scholastic, she knew she wanted to incorporate the aspect of charity in her classroom.

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JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Receives Top Five-Star Rating for Residency Program

JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute has received Five Stars — the highest rating — for its Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program from Doximity, the leading network for American physicians.


JFK Medical Center Earns the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

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JFK Medical Center was recently awarded the 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). JFK Medical Center is one of a select group of 20 U.S. accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed January 1 – June 30, 2016.


JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Announce Letter of Intent For Proposed Affiliation

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Today, JFK Health and Hackensack Meridian Health have announced the execution of a Letter of Intent (LOI) between the organizations regarding a potential affiliation.


JFK Medical Center Recognized as Top 10% in Nation for Stroke Care by Healthgrades

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Stroke Care at JFK Medical Center is among the top 10% in the nation as measured by volume-weighted performance according to this year's evaluation from Healthgrades, the leading online resource helping consumers make informed decisions in order to find the right doctor, the right hospital for the right care.


Piscataway Man Regains Health with JFK for Life Surgical Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program


For Juan Key, the benefits of participating in the JFK for Life Surgical Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program at JFK Medical Center go far beyond the pounds he lost to the things he gained. Among those gains, the Piscataway resident counts increased energy, an enhanced sense of self, and a new ability to engage in workouts and outdoor activities with his teenaged son.


JFK Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Awards

JFK Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures for patients who suffer severe heart attacks. In addition, JFK has been recognized as a recipient of Mission: Lifeline's Silver-Plus award, which recognizes the hospital's achievement score of 75 percent or greater for treating ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) transfer patients from other facilities within 120 minutes.


N.J. Olympian Shakur Stevenson Fulfills an Old Boxer's Final Wish on his Special Day

The old boxer had three requests when the volunteers at his hospice told him they could make his "wishes" come true. He wanted to sit ringside and see one more fight. He wanted to tour the city where the learned the sport generations ago one more time.

And, maybe most of all, he wanted to meet the young fighter from that city who went to the Rio Olympics this month and came home with a silver medal. He wanted to meet Shakur Stevenson.

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JFK Medical Center’s Plainfield Health Connection Improves Health

For Steven Rhim, the problem was no medical coverage for 40 years. For Patricia Lee, the daily struggle was chronic bronchitis. Both adults made frequent panicked visits to the ER due to their unignorable and seemingly unfixable problems.

And they aren't alone. Many uninsured and underserved individuals live out a similar story when it comes to health care, focusing on short-term care for long-term problems.

Plainfield Health Connection is a program within the Edison-based JFK Medical Center that works to change that story, by bridging the gap between ER visits and aftercare.

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JFK Medical Center is Honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized JFK Medical Center for excellence in lactation care.


Teenagers Attend Nursing Boot-Camp at JFK Medical Center

High school juniors attended nursing boot-camp at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing from June 20 through the 24

Parents do not always have to ship their children off to boot-camp against their will. At least, that was the case for the parents of 15 high school juniors who attended nursing boot-camp at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing in Plainfield from June 20 through the 24.  The camp is called the Judy Travis Health Careers Camp. Rising juniors and seniors from high schools in the Plainfield and Edison area spent five days voluntarily attending the five day camp, to experience nursing life.

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Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation Provides Strong Support to Hospital

Fran Yorey, left, Judith L. Spiegel co-presidents, Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation

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Established in 1962, the Auxiliary of the JFK Medical Center Foundation has worked to support the hospital by conducting fundraisers, holding community service programs and promoting health education. NJ Advance Media recently spoke with Co-Presidents Fran A. Yorey and Judith L. Spiegel about the Auxiliary and its efforts to support JFK Medical Center.


JFK Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

American Heart Association recognizes JFK Medical Center's commitment to high quality stroke care.

JFK Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


JFK Medical Center Honored with Mission: Lifeline Achievement Award

JFK Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.


Nursing Boot Camp Teaches High School Students About the Profession

By Briana Vannozzi

There’s no push-up requirement here, but this boot camp is just as rigorous. Fifteen high school juniors are scrubbing in for a week of nursing boot camp.

“I think the biggest impact it has on them is they understand what a nurse is, and what all that we do, and that there’s so much more than they realized,” said Kim Seaman, professor at JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing.

The JFK Muhlenberg Snyder School of Nursing started the free course six years ago. Since then more than 100 students have circulated through, all from the Plainfield and Edison area..

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JFK Brain Tumor Center Dr. Discuss Brain Tumor Therapy

JFK Brain Tumor Center's Dr. Joe Landolfi discusses a new gene and immunotherapy for the treatment of brain tumors.