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Fertility Center Named a Nursing Center of Excellence
The Valley Hospital Fertility Center was proud to once again be named a Nursing Center of Excellence by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). This designation indicates that at least 50 percent of the Fertility Center’s registered nurses and nurse practitioners are experienced in reproductive endocrinology nursing and have completed additional training through ASRM.
Remarkable Elder Care
Congratulations to Nancy Barrett-Fajardo, Director of Medical Surgical Services, Lynn Tampac, Manager of 4 East, and Kelly Kennedy, APN, for working to enhance outcomes and quality of life among our older patient population.
Exemplar Recognition from NICHE
The Valley Hospital earned the 2022 Exemplar recognition from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE). Exemplar is the highest level of recognition and shows Valley’s success in the implementation of high-quality, system-wide interventions and initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to the care of older adults. Click here to read the full announcement!
“The 4 East nursing team is truly dedicated to providing and improving the quality of care for our older adult population,” – Kelly Kennedy, MSN, RN-BC, NP-C, Advanced Practice Nurse and NICHE Coordinator
A Trailblazer in Elder Care
The Valley Hospital earned the 2022 Trailblazer Award from Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) and the ABIM Foundation Choosing Wisely®.
The Trailblazer Award recognizes clinical teams for their outstanding achievement in improving the quality of care for older adults by reducing tests and treatments that have little or no benefit, prioritizing patient safety and preferences, and improving care coordination.
“It is an honor to be recognized by NICHE for the work we do at Valley for our elder population,” – Nancy Barrett-Fajardo, RN, BSN, MS, NE-BC, OCN, Director of Medical Surgical Services
Celebrating 200,000 Vaccines!
In May 2022, Valley’s Vaccine Center at 599 Valley Health Plaza celebrated the delivery of over 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines. To date, the interdisciplinary team has administered over 206,000 COVID-19 vaccines.
“There was a palpable feeling of purpose among the staff working at the vaccine center at 599. This was a place for Valley to come together to care for our patients, our colleagues, and their families. We adapted to many changes and saw each new eligible patient population as an opportunity to serve,” – Josh Gregoire, MS, MPH, RN, LSSBB, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President of Quality/Performance Improvement and Clinical Operations for Valley Medical Group.
“The development of the COVID-19 vaccines was a game-changer. It allowed us a sense of freedom and hope during the pandemic. The teams that assisted in administering over 206,000 vaccines over the past two years at our Valley sites are nothing short of exceptional. They are part of history and have saved hundreds of lives,” – Bettyann Kempin, DNP, RN, NP-C, FACHE, Vice President, Administration
Congratulations to the 2022 Nurses Week Award Winners!
- Nurse of the Year – Kate Amin, BSN, RNC-MNN, Mother/Baby
- Nurse Leader of the Year – Sobeida Santana-Joseph, MSN, RN, NE-BC, OCN, Executive Director of Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care
- Rising Star of the Year – Nicolette Albano, BSN, RN, CPAN, PACU
- DAISY Nurse of the Year – Erin Frohlich, BSN, RN, CMS-RN, VP Minimally Invasive Surgery - Gynecology
2022 Nurses Week Events
Thanks to the Nurses Week Committee for putting together a great week of events for our nurses!
Kick-Off Ceremony and Nurses Rock Wellness Event
Vendor Day and Dunk the VP/AVP
Community Partnership With Ridgecrest
Ridgecrest Senior Housing is an independent living, affordable housing community for older adults and people with disabilities in Ridgewood. The Valley Hospital’s Community Health Department has been partnering with Ridgecrest since 2016 to improve the overall health of their residents. A dedicated team of nurses and a dietician foster this important relationship.
"Ridgecrest is a truly special place. As a nurse, providing care to those who need it the most reminds me of why I became a nurse. It is extremely rewarding to be able to assist the residents in navigating the healthcare system and educating them on how they can live a healthier life.” – Rachelle Morales, MSN, RN-BC, CTN-A, Community Health and Community Benefit
Valley has several programs at Ridgecrest. One of them, The Circle of Love, is comprised of Ridgecrest residents who volunteer their time and talents to knit, crochet, sew, and craft items for those in need, friends, and family. Items that are frequently made include hats, scarves, baby blankets, lap blankets, prayer shawls, and flower crafts. Through the generosity of The Valley Hospital’s Community Benefit Department, the Circle of Love receives special yarn to make baby blankets and hats for newborns in Valley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – also known as the “Baby Love” project. Ridgecrest residents are always excited to show their friends and neighbors the beautiful creations that they have made and are equally excited to celebrate the creations of their friends and neighbors. The different style of stitches and patterns are a true celebration of Ridgecrest’s diversity. Circle of Love volunteers really like that, as some of Ridgewood’s oldest residents, they are making special keepsakes for the youngest!
The addition of Ridgecrest’s new 65-inch television, generously donated by The Valley Hospital’s Community Benefit Department, has been a game changer for Ridgecrest’s social programming. The TV is large enough to allow residents to watch from anywhere in the community room. Residents can continue their lifelong learning with health and wellness videos from Valley’s Tune in To Health video library, do tai chi and yoga, travel around the world with special movies about their home countries, explore the wonders of the world with National Geographic, enjoy weekly movie nights, and sing along and dance to musical concerts.
Other highlights from Valley’s partnership with Ridgecrest include:
- A monthly wellness clinic where residents receive blood pressures checks, medication reviews, health counseling, and nutrition counseling by Valley nurses and a dietitian
- Art therapy
- The Legacy Project, in which residents share their life stories and memories with the goal of assisting residents to document their autobiographies.
Celebrating Certified Nurses
Certified nurses joined together for group photos at The Valley Hospital, Luckow, and Kraft!
49% of The Valley Hospital nurses are certified!
Congratulations, Nursing Residency Graduates!
In February and August, graduation ceremonies were held to celebrate 55 new nurse residents who graduated from The Valley Hospital’s Nurse Residency Program! The rigorous six-month program, accredited with distinction as a Practice Transition Program by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation in Practice Transitions Programs, is designed to ease the transition of new graduates from student nurse to practicing nurse.
Graduates are hired into nurse residency positions at the hospital and provided an opportunity to advance their patient care knowledge of various clinical areas, including critical care, medical-surgical services, the Emergency Department, the Post-anesthesia Care Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Since 2005, the Valley President’s Scholarship program has recognized employees who, in furthering their education, have dedicated themselves to advancing the field of healthcare. President’s Scholars are recognized in our organization for high performance, a commitment to quality, and potential for leadership. Congratulations to two nurses who were 2022 recipients!
Manpreet Narula, BSN, RN, RN-BC, HN-BC
Manager of Patient Care Services, VH Ortho
Justine Norton, BSN, RN, NE-BC, HN-BC
Clinical Shift Supervisor, VH Emergency Department
Most Babies Delivered in One Month
In August 2022, Valley’s Center for Childbirth helped 370 mothers deliver 375 babies – the most babies delivered in one month in Valley’s history. Check out some photos of employees as they celebrated this remarkable achievement together.
Most Babies Delivered in One Year
On December 28, 2022, Valley’s Center for Childbirth welcomed Dafnne, Valley’s 4,000th baby and daughter of Julio Carpio Huanca and Evelyn Joshua Tejada Rivera of Paterson. Valley’s care team gathered together to celebrate this record milestone!
Rebecca Basso Honored as One of Emergency Nurses Association’s 20 Under 40
Congratulations to Rebecca Basso, DNP, RN, CEN, CPEN, EMT-B, HN-BC, NEA-BC, Director of the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services, on being named a 20 Under 40 honoree by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA).
Congratulations, Anne Brennecke!
Anne Brennecke, APN, Manager of Valley’s Wound, Ostomy and Continence Center, was honored as a New Jersey Fifth District Hometown Hero by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer.
Anne was recognized in particular for her 50 years of service to Valley and for her role in establishing the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Center – the only nurse-run outpatient facility of its kind in northern New Jersey.
Congratulations, Anne, on this outstanding recognition!
Charles Vannoy Honored With Rutgers Outstanding Alumnus Award
Charles Vannoy, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, HN-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, has been awarded the Rutgers School of Nursing Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumnus Award.
This award is given annually to nursing alumni who have made a significant impact in the world of nursing. In receiving this award, Charles was recognized for his proven clinical expertise, his commitment to excellence in clinical practice, and his leadership. He was also recognized for enhancing staff communication via the use of innovative technology that allows all members of a patient’s care team – nurses, doctors, respiratory therapists, case managers, physical therapists, and pharmacists – to communicate more efficiently and effectively.
Congratulations, Charles, on this outstanding honor!
Thankful Thursdays at Valley!
Thanks to an idea from Brianne de la Rosa, BSN, RN, HN-BC, Manager of Patient Care Services on Bergen Surgical (2B), Valley introduced a System-wide campaign in an effort to spread kindness and gratitude to each other.
Each Thursday, employees are encouraged to thank someone – whether it be someone they work closely with each day or someone from another department.
Employees consistently show us how they’re thanking others at Valley! The following photos have been featured on our social media and internal communications platforms to inspire others.
Charles Vannoy Honored as Unsung Black Healthcare Hero
Charles Vannoy, DNP, RN, NCA-BC, HN-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, was nominated as a Bergen County Unsung Black Healthcare Hero by the Bergen County African American Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Charles!
Watch as Charles talks about his career at Valley; his role in establishing Valley’s Social Equality Council; his efforts to bring healthcare access and education to underserved communities; and his work as a mentor.
Josh Gregoire Recognized by the Organization of Nurse Leaders of NJ
Congratulations to Josh Gregoire, MS, MPH, RN, LSSBB, NEA-BC, Assistant Vice President of Quality/Performance Improvement and Clinical Operations for Valley Medical Group, on receiving the 2022 Innovation in the Continuum of Care Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders of NJ (ONL NJ).
Award-Winning Stroke Care!
Nurses from the Emergency Department, Medical/Surgical Units, Critical Care Units, and the Rapid Response team, play an important role in caring for stroke patients.
One of America’s 100 Best for Stroke Care!
The Valley Hospital announced that it is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care, according to research released by Healthgrades. This achievement reflects Valley’s outstanding clinical outcomes for Stroke Care and puts Valley in the top five percent 5% of hospitals nationwide.
Valley has also once again received the Neuroscience Excellence Award and the Cranial Neurosurgery Excellence Award.
Gold Plus Stroke Care!
The Valley Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Valley also received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduces the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
Emergency Department Receives Lantern Award
The Valley Hospital Emergency Department (ED) was honored with the prestigious Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Lantern Award – the only award dedicated to showcasing EDs for their outstanding work.
Valley Introduces the Career Engagement Program
To encourage professional development, Valley introduced the Career Engagement Program (CEP), led by Charles Vannoy, DNP, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, HN-BC, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer; Margaret Pogorelec, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, HN-BC, Assistant Vice President of Women’s, Children’s and Emergency Services; Nancy Barrett-Fajardo, RN, BSN, MS, NE-BC, OCN, Director of Medical Surgical Services; and Sharon Tanis, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Manager of Labor and Delivery. The CEP strives to give more licensed clinical professionals (LCPs) a voice – on their teams, in their departments, and in the organization at large – and to encourage participation in a formalized way. The CEP rewards LCPs on their efforts to be more engaged members of their teams – something that benefits themselves, their colleagues, the patients we serve, and the entire organization.
Each year, we recognize a monthly winner from The Valley Hospital, and a quarterly winner from Valley Home Care, with the DAISY Award.
A special congratulations to the DAISY Nurse of the Year, Erin Frohlich, BSN, RN, CMS-RN, VP Minimally Invasive Surgery - Gynecology.
Good Vibes Only!
Building off the success of last year’s Nurses Week events, the Vibe Committee was formed by Margaret Pogorelec, DNP, RN, CEN, NE-BC, HN-BC, Assistant Vice President of Women’s, Children’s and Emergency Services, to keep the fun going at Valley year-round!
The Vibe Committee is an inter-professional committee that arranges events and resilience-based activities to improve the overall employee engagement and retention. The purpose of the committee is to develop and implement events to continually improve employee morale; create a space for resilience and relationships to grow within the workplace to improve retention; and to create a space where employees feel valued. The committee also raises money to support Valley’s Nurse Resilience Fund.
The best part: All employees are invited to participate in Vibe Committee events! Check out some photo highlights from this year’s events.