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'Take 2, Bergen': Bergen LEADS to Present the County's History and Future in the Film Industry on June 14

(Bergen County, New Jersey; June 13, 2016) -- Nearly a century ago, Bergen County, New Jersey was a powerhouse in the motion picture business.  At one time, Fort Lee boasted 17 studios and a who's who of leading actors and actresses making films in the borough, including Pearl White, Fattie Arbuckle, Mary Pickford, members of the Barrymore family and many others.  In recent years, Law & Order SVU filmed several episodes in various locations in Fort Lee.

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Newark, Trenton to Receive Millions in Federal Grants to Reduce Lead Hazards

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker announced today that Newark and Trenton will receive millions in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce lead hazards in public housing and protect children and families from the health risks associated with exposure to high levels of lead.  

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Horizon named to Diversity MBA Magazine’s "Best Places for Diverse Managers and Women to Work"

(Newark, NJ, June 9, 2016)  - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has been named by Diversity MBA Magazine as one of the nation’s top employers for diverse managers and women.  The magazine ranked Horizon BCBSNJ No. 9 among its national list of Best Places for Diverse Managers and Women to Work.  This is the seventh consecutive year that Horizon BCBSNJ has been honored by Diversity MBA Magazine for its diverse workplace policies and programs.

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The Valley Center for Health and Wellness Creating a “Health Hub” to for the Community

RIDGEWOOD, NJ, June 9, 2016 — Valley Health System is pleased to announce the development of an innovative health and wellness center in Mahwah. The Valley Center for Health and Wellness will promote the next generation of healthcare delivery by focusing on improving the health for the community and keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.  Much more than a gym, the new facility will serve as a convenient “health hub” for the community.

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DAISY Award Founders Present First DAISY Award at Valley

RIDGEWOOD, NJ, June 9, 2016— Margaret Valenti, a medical/surgical nurse at The Valley Hospital, was recently recognized with the Daisy Award for her exceptional and compassionate patient care.The Daisy Award is presented to recognize extraordinary nurses for doing ordinary things in their daily practice. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, and was founded in memory of Patrick Barnes by his family. Mr. Barnes died at the age of 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
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Third Annual IKEA Life At Home Report Reveals Consumer Sentiments On What Makes A Home

Survey Results Indicate that Home Extends Beyond the Physical Space and that People Consider the Home Primarily a Place for Relationships   CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (June 8, 2016) – IKEA U.S. announced today the results of the third annual IKEA Life at Home Report, which explores the life at home of people all over the world.  Surveying more than 12,000 people in twelve cities across the globe, this year’s Life at Home Report explores people’s definition of what makes a home from four basic perspectives: Space, Things, Relationships and Place. The results reflect global perceptions, both anticipated and surprising, of what ingredients form a home, what is happening within these areas, and how people really think and feel about their homes.
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Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County now recruiting yearlong AmeriCorps member

RIVER EDGE, NJ, June 7, 2016 – Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County (Habitat Bergen) is looking for a motivated and qualified candidate to serve locally during the 2016-2017 service year, which begins in September. Habitat AmeriCorps members serve in full-time, stipend positions, helping to meet the housing needs of communities and low-income families across the U.S.

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Research Institute at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Hosts 7th Annual Research Day

PATERSON, NJ [June 8, 2016] – The 7th Annual Research Day at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) highlighted the research findings of physicians from various specialty areas throughout the hospital. This year, 22 abstracts were submitted for the competition and St. Joseph’s own Robert V. Madlinger, DO, MPH, FACOS, FACS, Maj. US Army Reserves, Director of Trauma and Surgical Critical Care and General Surgery Residency (DO) Program, delivered the keynote address entitled, “The Role of Research in a Trauma Center” Guidelines by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) combined military-civilian trauma training: A research study.
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Valley Recognizes Emergency Services Staff at Gala and Awards Dinner

RIDGEWOOD, NJ, June 8, 2016 — The Valley Hospital held its annual Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Gala and Awards Dinner last week to recognize years of service and  life-saving rescues by paramedics, registered nurses and emergency medical technicians At the event, three survivors of cardiac arrest were reunited with the paramedics who revived them in the field before transporting them to Valley.  Seated from left to right: Lawrence Turner (Succasunna); Kathleen Giannantonio (Hawthorne); Deith Dietel (Waldwick).  Standing from left to right: Lafe Bush, Director of Emergency Services; Donald Bogert; Christina Pratti; Francis Gildea; Robert Woessner; Michael Macksoud; Kevin Veenstra; Johnathan Sharo; Joanne Piccininni, Clinical Coordinator;  Chitta Sikder; Joseph Ventrella; Kevin Veenstra;  Shafeq Zarif; Douglas Torres; John Sharo.  

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HackensackUMC Honors and Recognizes Trauma Survivors and Care Teams

November 5, 2012 is a day that Pritam Grewal and his family will never forget.  During Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Pritam, of Mahwah, had been providing fuel from one of his retail sites to first responders and hospital workers at HackensackUMC by designating a special refueling line for them so that they could get back to work quickly.  As he was driving home on Route 17 North, Mr. Grewal was in a car accident and he was taken to HackensackUMC.  An MRI was performed, which showed a spinal cord contusion at the C2 and C3 levels of his spine.  The accident left Mr. Grewal paralyzed from the neck down.
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Stop & Shop Customers to Again Offer Support for Pediatric Cancer Research

Stop & Shop has raised over $15 million for Memorial Sloan Kettering since 2001

Purchase, NY (June 8, 2016)  – Beginning Friday, June 10th, Stop & Shop customers will have the opportunity to help support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) by purchasing a book of discount coupons at checkout. Customers will receive more than $85 worth of coupons for just a $3 donation. Coupon books will be available at all Stop & Shop stores in the NY Metro region.

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Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Annual Walk June 19th in Overpeck Park

BINGHAMTON, NY— The Scleroderma Foundation / Tri-State Chapter will hold its will hold its annual Stepping Out to Cure Scleroderma Ridgefield Park walk in Overpeck Park (199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park) on Sunday, June 19, 2016.   Registration and check-in start at 9 a.m. and the 1.5 mile walk begins at 10:30 a.m.    

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Brigadier General (Ret.) Salutes WW II Sergeant (Ret.) At Paramus Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Fundraiser For Veterans

Paramus Sunrise Rotary Golf Tournament Fundraiser Brigadier General Ray Doyle celebrated the veterans attending the golf tournament dinner at Seasons Catering in Washington Township. Most impressive was his respect for a World War II veteran, Mel Fabrikant. As Mel approached the lectern, the Brigadier General saluted him. In return, he received a highball back, also a sign of respect. General Doyle traveled to Paramus from the outermost tip of Long Island to help the Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club raise funds for the veterans. Military service is of the utmost importance to the general.
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HackensackUMC Hosts 25th Annual Emergency Medical Services Excellence Awards Program

On Monday, May 16, HackensackUMC recognized and honored the dedication of the men and women who respond to life saving emergencies.  This year’s theme was “EMS Strong:  Called to Care.”  Award recipients included nurses, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters from more than a dozen Bergen County municipalities. Many recipients are HackensackUMC employees.
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HackensackUMC Heart & Vascular Hospital Visits Hovnanian School

Recently, members of the Heart & Vascular Hospital team at Hackensack University Medical Center visited the Hovnanian School in New Milford, NJ to instruct students on emergency situations, dialing 911, recognizing signs of a heart attack and learning what to do in an emergency situation.  Students took the Early Heart Attack Care Oath and were awarded certificates after performing mock 911 drills.

Pictured here are the students in Grade 5 through 8 in front of the Hovnanian School in New Milford with members of the Heart & Vascular Hospital team at HackensackUMC.
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Father’s Day Spending to Reach Record-High $14.3 Billion

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2016 – Consumers say they will spend more than ever on Father’s Day this year as they shower dads with everything from power tools to trips to the ballpark, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics.

Consumers are expected to spend an average $125.92 for the holiday, up from last year’s $115.57. Total spending is expected to reach $14.3 billion, the highest in the survey’s 13-year history but still below this year’s Mother’s Day total of $21.4 billion.

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Bergen County Artist Marsha Heller Selected to Exhibit at Ceres Gallery in New York City

"The Meadow" by artist Marsha Heller
--Artist Marsha Heller's work will be exhibited from June 22-July 15, 2016.--

 (June 6, 2016; Bergen County, New Jersey) -- Artist Marsha Heller has been selected to show her work in the Ceres Gallery's exhibition 'Summer Serenade'.  Ceres Gallery, the first gallery in New York City devoted to showcasing and promoting the work of women artists, will present Heller's paintings in the annual group show of member artists from June 22 to July 15, 2016.

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Educating, Engaging and Empowering Patients

The Valley Hospital Launches Interactive Patient Care System
RIDGEWOOD, NJ, June 6, 2016 – The Valley Hospital has launched a new interactive patient care system to help educate, engage and empower patients in their care. The system, helps patients and their families take an active role in their health journey, which leads to improved patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes.
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Bergen County Graduates Receive Diplomas From Berkeley College

Graduates from Oradell, Paramus and River Edge in Bergen County, NJ, were awarded diplomas at the 2016 Berkeley College Commencement ceremony, held on April 29, 2016, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The graduating class included 140 military and veteran students and 200 international students. More than 800 students graduated with honors and nearly 400 students earned their degrees online. 
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Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Horizon BCBNJ Enter Into Multifaceted Value Based Care Collaborative

--Congestive Heart Failure Episode of Care Will Launch Effort that Will Grow to Include Diabetes, Medicaid and Integrated Behavioral Health--

(June 6, 2016 –Newark, NJ)  -- Expanding upon a long history of partnership, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth are entering into a strategic collaborative to increase quality and access, and reduce costs.  The new collaborative will integrate Horizon’s patient-centric, value-based care models into Trinitas’ existing efforts to improve the health and well-being of Elizabeth residents and the surrounding communities. 

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