Dr. Omidvari is a critical care intensivist at Hackensack University Medical Center and a married father of two children. He tested positive for COVID-19 after presenting to the Hackensack University Medical Center’s Emergency Department on April 7, 2020, with shortness of breath, fatigue and fever. During his hospital stay, Dr. Omidvari was intubated twice and received convalescent plasma therapy and a medication through his participation in two clinical trials.
“Throughout our network, we have expanded our capacity to safely and effectively care for COVID-19 patients by providing them with access to the latest clinical trials and treatment options,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, who attended the event. “Although the fight against COVID-19 is not yet over, achieving these milestones provides a much-needed dose of hope and optimism to members of our staff, as well as to residents of the communities we serve.”
New Jersey is among the U.S. states that have been hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. At the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the northeast, Hackensack University Medical Center — which is Hackensack Meridian Health’s flagship facility located in Bergen County, New Jersey — has successfully treated and discharged more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in the state. Hackensack University Medical Center was also the first hospital in New Jersey to treat COVID-19, admitting the state’s first COVID-positive patient on March 4, 2020.
“Although this event is certainly an important recognition of Dr. Omidvari’s successful recovery, it is also a time to recognize the ongoing commitment and dedication of our team members who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mark D. Sparta, President and Chief Hospital Executive at Hackensack University Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Population Health at Hackensack Meridian Health. “The celebration of Dr. Omidvari’s discharge is evidence that our hospital and team members remain prepared to offer the best available COVID-19 care to members of our community.”
The event also served as a reminder of the lifesaving impact of COVID-19 research, which has led to the development of new treatments and tools that are now being used throughout the Hackensack Meridian Health network.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, Hackensack Meridian Health researchers have been pursuing innovative approaches to COVID-19 care,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health's Northern Market and the chief research officer of the network. “Backed by the full support of our network, our researchers and clinical teams remain optimistic about future advancements in the treatment of COVID-19 and are proud of how much has been accomplished in such a short amount of time.”
Advancements in COVID-19 care Hackensack Meridian Health include:
A rapid-response coronavirus test developed by researchers at the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, which has reduced the time it takes to diagnose COVID-19 from days to hours.
Access to the ID NOW™ Diagnostic Tool developed by Abbott Laboratories, which is a point-of-care COVID-19 diagnostic test that uses molecular technology to deliver positive results in as little as five minutes and negative results in 13 minutes.
Participation in convalescent plasma research and treatment, which involves infusing plasma — a part of the blood that contains high levels of COVID-19 antibodies — donated by COVID-19 survivors into seriously ill COVID-19 patients to help support the immune system as it fights the virus.
Clinical trials, which are studying the effectiveness of several medications that may have the potential to combat COVID-19 infections, such as remdesivir, sarilumab, and tocilizumab.
In addition to Dr. Omidvari and Hackensack University Medical Center team members, the Hackensack University Medical Center Color Guard and EMS Honor Guard also attended the event.
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ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.
Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.
Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
photo caption: Surrounded by his Hackensack University Medical Center care team , Karan Omidvari, M.D.– the hospital’s 1000th COVID-19 patient discharge – is reunited with his family.