Like many in the medical profession in New Jersey, Dr. Deven Unadkat is concerned about the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, especially in Hudson County.
Since flattening out over the summer, the number of new positive COVID-19 cases has been steadily climbing. On August 28, Hudson County’s seven-day average was 17. This week, the seven-day average rose to 249.
But Dr. Unadkat, the chair and medical director of the Emergency Medicine at Jersey City Medical Center, also sees a ray of hope.
Stefan Balan, MD is the director of Oncology Services at Jersey City Medical Center. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. We sat down with Dr. Balan for a one-on-one discussion about his background, why he chose to practice at JCMC and what he sees for the future of oncology services at the hospital.
Q: You have an interesting background. You did a medical fellowship in hematology and oncology at New York University, then you left the big city for Vermont and quickly found yourself in academia at an Ivy League medical school. How has your journey influenced your practice?
Jersey City, NJ, October 12, 2020 – Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, recently opened a new physical therapy and rehabilitation practice in Newport. In addition to physical therapy services, the Newport location offers convenient, close to home access to the hospital’s leading orthopedic program at the same location.
Jersey City, NJ – Paul Vega remembers exactly what he was doing when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center as if it were yesterday. Except it was 19 years ago this month.
Vegas was driving an ambulance, with a patient he picked up a few minutes earlier, to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), where he was employed as an EMT.
He recalls seeing smoke billowing from the tower, but his two-way radio wasn’t working, and he had no idea what had happened. Like many people in the initial moments after the tower was struck, Vega thought it was an accident – a small plane or news helicopter that had collided with the building.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Only NJ Hospital to Receive 17 Consecutive “A” Ratings
Six RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded with “A” Hospital Safety Score ratings by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Among the A-rated hospitals is Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, which received its 17th straight “A” and Monmouth Medical Center which is the only hospital in the southern region to receive an “A” for 11 consecutive rating periods. In addition to Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, the RWJBarnabas Health facilities who also received an “A” include Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton, and RWJUH Somerset. Community Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center, RWJUH New Brunswick and RWJUH Rahway all received a “B” rating.
The spring scores mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 17th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 32 in the country to earn an “A” in each report since the Leapfrog Surveys began.
The Center for Sleep Disorders at Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is officially open and serving the needs of Hudson County residents. The state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located at 410 Jersey Avenue and adjacent to the main hospital campus, provides professional consultation, diagnostic and treatment services for patients age 5 years and older, for all types of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy.
Inability to get a good night’s sleep and failure to address a sleep disorder can have a serious effect on one’s health. Hudson County residents can now turn to the Center for Sleep Disorders at JCMC to help identify the underlying conditions causing sleep disorders, using a series of non-invasive tests, and offer treatments to address them. After testing, a Board- Certified physician will review the results and recommend a customized treatment program.
Over 900 residents attended Health Fair and received free backpack in time for the upcoming school year
Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville (JCMC-Greenville), part of RWJBarnabas Health and located at 1825 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, held its 2nd Annual Backpack of Health Wellness Fair on Saturday, August 17. Over 900 attendees enjoyed family-friendly activities, free health education, health screenings, raffle prizes and healthy light refreshments.
Participating JCMC-RWJBarnabas Health service lines educated community members about their services, including JCMC EMS, JCMC Patient Navigation, JCMC’s Project Hudson (Helping Us Develop Strength in Our Neighborhoods), JCMC’s MASSH (Medical and Social Services for the Homeless), Special Child Health Services, Children’s Specialized Hospital, and the Barnabas Retail Pharmacy which opened at JCMC-Greenville this past month. Local community organizations also shared health-related resources.
Jersey City Medical Center commemorated Veterans Day on Tuesday with a special flag raising ceremony to honor hospital staff that served or are in service in the United States Armed Forces. Michael Prilutsky, President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center led the ceremony and recognized a dozen veterans from the different military branches.
“Thank you to all our veterans for your courage, sacrifice, and invaluable service to our country,” said Michael Prilutsky, President and CEO, Jersey City Medical Center. “To all the veterans on staff, Jersey City Medical Center is fortunate to have such highly talented and dedicated individuals serving our patients and families every day and providing the highest level of care to our community.”
Paint fest- Saturday, February 3rd from 8:00am-1:00pm at Jersey City Medical Center cafeteria and Conference room 5/6 come join us for Paint fest. A time to relax, de stress and paint! In order to reserve a spot, you must RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information please contact Josh Remland: 201 309 2739.
Free Job Training Support Group– On Monday, February 5th at 350 Montgomery St. from 3:00PM-4:00PM join Jersey City Medical Center staff for a free job training support group. This is designed to prepare individuals for the workplace. Classes will include resume building, mock interviews and job readiness. For further information contact: Kenneth King 201-273-1847
Diabetes Support Group- On Tuesday, February 6th from 2:30pm to 4:00pm a diabetes support group will be help at Jersey City Medical Center Conference room5. For more information contact Sandy Moreau at 201.915.2000 ext. 3923
Heart & Crafts Heart Health: Presented by Dr. Praganesh Gadhvi- On Wednesday, February 7th, from 10am-11am. Please join this free informational and health screening at Jersey City Medical Center at Greenville, 1825 Kennedy Blvd. Jersey City, NJ. Contact Kimberly Dawson for further information: 201-388-6000.