Sunday, May 19, 2013
HUMC-Pascack Valley CEO Chad Melton wants the hospital to increase bed counts within the next few years, according to northjersey.com. Melton said he doesn't think Bergen competitors will "lose volume" as a result.
With Valley Hospital struggling to modernize its own facilities through a controversial expansion project, a major competitor announced it too has visions of expansion – and it's not even open for business yet. According to a Sunday report on northjersey.com, Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley is optimistic its new facility will drum up enough business to quickly expand. Pascack Valley Hospital declared bankrupcy in 2007 and has been dormant since. “If we truly have the volume here and the support we think, within the next three years we’ll be looking to add inpatient rooms,” Chad Melton, chief executive of the 128-bed hospital, told the news website. HUMC-Pascack Valley, scheduled to open June 1, is the first for-…
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Anne Brennecke among the nurses up for a "Healthcare Hero" award by NJ Biz.
A long-time Valley Hospital nurse has been nominated as a "Nurse of the Year" in New Jersey by business publication NJ BIZ. Anne Brennecke was nominated by colleagues at Valley Hospital "in recognition of her outstanding achievements at Valley and the contributions she has made to providing quality care to patients at the Valley Hospital and within the Wound Ostomy and Continence Center," Valley wrote in a news release. Brennecke, a nurse at the hospital for nearly 30 years, manages the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Center. "Anne is a respected staff member at Valley and is consulted for her expertise by nurses, physicians, and administration," said Ann Marie Leichman, Chief Nursing Officer at The Valley Hospital in the release. "She is …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Ridgewood mayor says the impending re-opening of Pascack Valley changes the hospital landscape. Valley says an aging population's medical needs will offset patient losses to its Westwood rival.
Despite years of lawsuits and public statements claiming Bergen County is beset with hundreds of unused hospital beds on a nightly basis, Valley Hospital says the reopening of a competitor will not change its own expansion needs. Challenged by Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn over what he called "inconsistencies" in Valley's position on bed needs, the hospital Monday night argued the medical needs of an aging population will offset any losses in market share to 128-bed HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood. Citing algebraic projections on demographics, Valley Hospital planning expert John Downes, of Stroudwater Associates, testified that Valley would need to increase its bed count from 451 beds to 485 beds had the Westwood hospital not…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
George Chickering turned 100 last Monday, and treated himself to some cake with staff from the hospital's Health and Fitness Center.
Ridgewood's George Chickering celebrated his 100th birthday with staff from the Valley Hospital Health and Fitness Center on Monday, April 8. According to Valley, Chickering has been a member of the center's After Care Fitness program for five years, and exercises twice a week at the facility. "After Care Fitness is a closely supervised physical conditioning program designed to pick-up where formal rehabilitative therapy leaves off," the hospital stated in a news release. "After Care Fitness sessions provide individual clients with the professional guidance to continue on the road to recovery and improved fitness, building on the progress made during rehabilitation."
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is set to open at the former Pascack Valley Hospital June 1.
HackensackUMC at Pasack Valley CEO Chad Melton recently sat down with a crew from WCTV for an interview and took them on a tour of the soon-to-open hospital. The hospital's renovations are "99 percent complete," Melton said in the video on Washington Township's local cable channel. They are scheduled to open June 1. In the video, Melton shows WCTV's crew many of the hospital's new operating rooms, waiting rooms, "Bistro 250" cafe and other renovated areas. As the opening date approaches, hospital officials are planning to hold some celebratory events, including a community day for the public on May 18 and a visit from Governor Chris Christie May 23, Melton said in the video. Melton previously told Patch they are already looking forward to …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Ridgewood hospital was found to be "high performing" in five adult specialties.
A U.S. News and World Report 2013 survey ranks The Valley Hospital as the 12th best hospital in New Jersey. Using American Hospital Association's most recent data, Ridgewood's hospital was classified as "high performing" in five adult specialties: gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, orthopedics and urology. It did not receive a ranking in cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; nephrology; pulmonology; cardiology and heart surgery; ear, nose and throat; or neurology and neurosurgery. The 451-bed hospital is also ranked as the #28 medical facility in the New York metropolitan area. Valley had 30,552 admissions in the most recent year reported, 72,188 visits emergency room visits, and performed 8,355 annual inpatient and 10,187 outpatient …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Councilman Tom Riche personally pledged to find $8,150 to fund an updated emergency preparedness guide.
The funding for a new emergency preparedness guide won't be coming from Valley Hospital after council members determined it would violate the spirit of the "gift ordinance." The last emergency preparedness guide was issued to citizens in 1999 but recent storm situations demonstrate a need for an update, Village Manager Ken Gabbert said Wednesday night. The hospital funded the current guide and agreed to do so once more. The booklet was proposed to be available online, with postcards sent to older residents to sign up for the e-notice system. Some books would be printed. But the request was pushed back, and came through just days after the hospital officially submitted plans for another proposed expansion at the planning board. "Perhaps if…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The first H-Zone meeting is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Monday, March 11 at B.F.
Valley Hospital will be returning to the planning board to unveil new expansion plans on March 11. According to a report in The Ridgewood News, the first meeting has been set up for 8 p.m. at B.F. Middle School's auditorium. Per the report, public comment will not take place until April 2. In dismissing a lawsuit filed by citizen's opposition group Concerned Residents of Ridgewood (CRR), Superior Court Judge Alexander Carver called for the planning board to reach a decision by the end of June. Preliminary plans submitted by the hospital to the board this week don't appear drastically different from its quashed "Renewal" plan. The hospital seeks to increase its floor space to 910,000 square feet, with increased setbacks on some borders. "…
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Three live bands performing March 10.
The Valley Hospital is raising money to assist employees who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the organization said in a news release. On March 10, the hospital will host "Rock for Relief," featuring three bands. Two of the bands feature Valley Hospital staff, Plaza North and Code Blues. The concert, to be held at the hospital's auditorium, is limited to staff and costs $10. Proceeds benefit Valley Hospital's Compassion Fund.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Philanthropist David Bolger offered up $1 million to purchase a state-of-the-art surgical imaging system.
Wednesday, February 20
The following was submitted by Valley Hospital. The Valley Hospital is the first and only hospital in northern New Jersey to offer brain and spinal surgery with a state-of-the-art surgical imaging system, purchased through a generous $1 million grant from The Bolger Foundation. The O-arm® Imaging System is a complete multi-dimensional surgical imaging system that provides detailed, multidimensional images and is optimized for use in spine, orthopaedic and trauma-related surgeries. During back or spine surgery, precision is everything. O-arm® technology allows the surgeon to view clear, real-time images of the body during surgery. These images allow the surgeon to see precisely where to place instruments and to make the best decisions …