ANNUAL REPORT 2013

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Partnerships and Affiliations

In 2013, Hackensack University Health Network continued to build upon existing partnerships, while also developing new opportunities for growth.

Hackensack University Health Network engaged in two major joint ventures with the LHP Hospital Group, a for-profit organization, to expand its footprint, both within Bergen County and into Essex County.


Opened in June of 2013, HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley is a 128-bed, full-service, acute-care community hospital, providing the same nationally recognized quality care for which HackensackUMC is known. The hospital features: all private patient rooms, a state-of-the-art obstetrical unit, an intensive/critical care unit, five operating rooms, one special procedure room, and a cardiac catheterization laboratory.


In May of 2012, HackensackUMC and LHP received approval for the Certificate of Need application with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services for a transfer of ownership of Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., from Merit Health Systems, LLC. HackensackUMC Mountainside is a 365-bed community hospital that delivers personalized care while also serving as a learning center via its nursing school and residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine and dentistry. The hospital has served Montclair, Glen Ridge and surrounding communities for more than 120 years.


 

Hackensack University Health Network has current clinical collaborations, partnerships and affiliations with:


In September of 2013, Hackensack University Health Network entered into a groundbreaking alliance with six other health systems to form AllSpire Health Partners. Altogether, these seven health systems have a total of 25 hospitals, with a service area of more than six million people—making AllSpire the largest healthcare consortium in the country. The member systems are: Atlantic Health System (Morristown, NJ); Hackensack University Health Network (Hackensack, NJ); Lancaster General Health (Lancaster, PA); Lehigh Valley Health Network (Allentown, PA); Meridian Health (Neptune, NJ); Reading Health System (Reading, PA); and WellSpan Health (York, PA).

The new consortium will carry out joint activities in the areas of patient care services, research and education to improve patient and population health and create more affordable healthcare. This partnership is not a merger; it is an alliance with some of the nation’s best health systems to achieve very specific goals.


HackensackUMC and CentraState Healthcare System, located in Monmouth County, NJ, entered into an affiliation agreement for oncology services in November 2013. The purpose of this agreement is to identify opportunities for each medical staff to collaborate on the provision of oncology services to their respective communities, integrate clinical programs and share services and resources.


In June 2013, HackensackUMC announced a new cardiac services alliance with Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center (GSRMC), a member of Bon Secours Charity Health System, in Suffern, NY. The alliance, between HackensackUMC’s Heart & Vascular Hospital and the Active International Cardiovascular Institute at GSRMC, increases collaboration among the award-winning cardiac and vascular centers. HackensackUMC physicians provide clinical support and direct patient care at the GSRMC Active Cardiovascular Institute’s facility. This affiliation marks the only complete cardiovascular program in the Lower Hudson Valley.


MinuteClinic, the retail healthcare division of CVS Caremark, partnered with Hackensack University Health Network in May of 2012, in a clinical affiliation that expands access to convenient, affordable healthcare services in northeast New Jersey. Under the agreement, HackensackUMC physicians serve as medical directors for seven MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic and counties. MinuteClinic and HackensackUMC collaborate on patient education and disease management initiatives, and refer patients to one another when clinically appropriate. HackensackUMC accepts patients requiring a level of care not provided by MinuteClinic; while MinuteClinic offers patients walk-in services for common family illnesses and wellness and prevention services, such as health condition monitoring.


The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC announced its collaboration with the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery in February of 2012. As part of this collaboration, a team of three physicians from NYU Langone Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Surgery joined an advanced practice nurse and a pediatric surgeon from HackensackUMC’s pediatric surgery team to provide the highest quality of surgical care to patients.


In June of 2012, Hackensack University Health Network signed an affiliation agreement with Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ, to collaborate and expand clinical programs and services, further improving the high-quality medical care Palisades provides patients in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. This partnership benefits patients by strengthening and supporting Palisades’ existing programs and brings additional state-of-the-art care and specialized diagnostic and medical treatments to the surrounding residential and business communities. The agreement fosters a closer working relationship between the medical staff and physicians at both hospitals, both complementing and supplementing the medical and surgical services already available at Palisades, a 202-bed hospital in Hudson County.


In March of 2012, Hackensack University Health Network and the North Shore-LIJ Health System announced an agreement to establish a strategic alliance. The alliance explores opportunities for joint programs and initiatives, including but not limited to: establishing cooperative programs to promote quality and patient safety; improving care management programs in preparation for migration to new health reform-based care models; promoting and supporting co-operative programs associated with community health needs; developing joint clinical research projects and programs to advance education and medical science; establishing referral arrangements for specialty clinical care; developing joint information technology programs, such as application hosting or data storage; and jointly exploring the establishment or expansion of affiliated federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). North Shore-LIJ is the nation’s second-largest, nonprofit, secular healthcare system, comprised of 15 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 200 ambulatory care centers throughout New York City and Long Island.


Hackensack University Health Network enjoys various models of employment partnerships with 500 physicians throughout the region. Ranging from sub-specialists to pediatric specialists to primary care, these medical groups help to improve efficiency and streamline care, strengthening the core of its provider base. The Hackensack University Medical Group is the largest member of the HackensackAlliance ACO, which was one of the first 27 selected accountable care organizations (ACOs) by Medicare.


In April 2012, HackensackAlliance ACO announced it was selected to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (Shared Savings Program) ACO. It was one of 27 ACOs that entered into agreements with Medicare to take responsibility for the quality of care furnished to individual beneficiaries in return for the opportunity to share in any savings with the Medicare program for improved care. The HackensackAlliance ACO has 575 affiliated physicians covering more than 13,000 lives with an estimated $10 million in cost savings.


Hackensack University Health Network’s helicopter, AirMed One, completed its 100th flight in September of 2012. The helicopter, which is stationed at Greenwood Lake Airport in West Milford, first became operational in April. To achieve 100 flights in less than six months shows what a valuable resource AirMed One is to the community in providing critical care in the air. As Hackensack University Health Network continues to grow, it looks forward to continuing to provide life-saving services, such as AirMed One, to its affiliate hospitals and beyond.


In late 2013, HackensackUMC opened a brand new wellness center on Route 17 in Maywood, NJ. HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness: Powered by the Giants is an 112,000-square-foot center that offers everything to get and keep our community well, and is one of the largest of its kind in New Jersey. In addition to the state-of-the-art gym and aquatic center, 35,000 square feet of space is dedicated solely to wellness/medical offices. This includes the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation equipment, behavioral health, our Health Awareness Regional Program, the Molly Diabetes Education/Management Center for Adults and Children, and the Institute for Breast Care. A world-class kitchen for demonstrating healthy eating options and community education rooms are also offered.


In September 2012, Hackensack University Health Network teamed up with the New York Red Bulls professional soccer team for a six-year partnership. As part of this partnership, physicians from HackensackUMC provide medical treatment to the Red Bulls’ players, and Hackensack University Health Network receives in-stadium branding at the Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country.


In 2012, HackensackUMC secured an extension of New York Giants partnership to 2020. In 2009, HackensackUMC teamed up with the legendary New York Football Giants to form The Touchdown Fund: Score for Kids, Cardiac and Cancer. This exclusive charitable partnership between the NY Giants and HackensackUMC has raised more than $1.8 million for our Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Heart & Vascular Hospital and the John Theurer Cancer Center. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital for the NY Giants.


In 2013, Hackensack University Health Network was honored to secure "Official Medical Services Provider" status by the Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. We were one of three – and the only hospital in New Jersey – selected to support the Host Committee’s Medical needs leading up to – and during the Big Game. We welcomed the hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world that attended the Super Bowl, and numerous people received medical treatment throughout the week. We were proud to provide some of the finest emergency resources available, such as our Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (NJ-MSED) and AirMed One.


 

Research Initiatives


The David & Alice Jurist Research Center, opened in 2000, has significantly expanded since to strengthen and support various HackensackUMC research initiatives at both clinical and basic/translational levels. Today, the David & Alice Jurist Research Center is home to the Department of Research’s administrative offices, its scientists’ research laboratories, and the Department of Biological Resources (DBR). HackensackUMC is New Jersey’s top independent hospital recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funds. It has 12 basic and translational scientists and 95 clinicians actively involved in clinical research. We are proud to participate in: 610 active research studies, 12 federally-funded grants, and 10 private foundation grants.


The John Theurer Cancer Center’s Division of Research consolidates all of the basic science research and clinical trials conducted at the John Theurer Cancer Center and the David Joseph Jurist Research Center for Tomorrows Children. Clinical trials focus on evaluating the safety and effectiveness of new medications, treatment methods, surgical techniques, medical and surgical technology, imaging studies, protocols for treatments, and medical devices in human volunteers. At the John Theurer Cancer Center, there are clinical trials for almost every type of cancer and many serious blood disorders and immune deficiencies.

HackensackUMC’s Technology Transfer Office bridges the gap between inventors and the commercialization process. It provides support with: research; intellectual property (IP); venture capitalist collaboration and transferring of skills; and new products or services that directly benefit society, create jobs and generate revenue to help support the research mission of HackensackUMC. The fundamental mission of the Technology Transfer Office is to facilitate and promote the development of IP by investigators at or associated with HackensackUMC. The office provides oversight and management of IP, and ensures the rights and obligations of the medical center and individual faculty and staff members with respect to inventions, patents and transfer of technology produced with the use of funds administered by HackensackUMC. Core Initiatives include: Cellular Medicine, Information Technology, Immunotherapy, Novel Image Guided Technologies, and Personalized Molecular Medicine.


In January 2011, the MOLLY and LINDSEY Diabetes Research Foundation and the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI)—a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School—joined forces to find the cure for type 1 diabetes.

Together, the Hackensack-Miami DRI Federation Project was formed. It is a think tank of East Coast specialists who will fast-track the best research ideas coming out of the labs and put them to the test in clinically meaningful ways, thus shortening the path to a cure for those with type 1 diabetes.


 

Academic and Medical Education


In early 2013, Hackensack University Health Network announced new innovative partnerships with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Georgetown University School of Medicine and Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

On June 20, 2012, Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and HackensackUMC partnered to introduce joint biomedical educational programs that provide undergraduate and graduate students with advanced clinical education experience.

In August 2010, HackensackUMC formed an academic partnership with St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.

In December of 1989, HackensackUMC formed an academic affiliation with Rutgers Medical School (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey).