Kearny High School Girls Basketball Teams Enjoy Bingo & Ice Cream Social with Alaris Health Residents

Pictured left to right: Keziah Mitchell, Nayely Carolina, Gianna Nigro, Arianna Cevallos, Isabel Fernandez, America Bourdoin (resident), Bernice Marshall (Rec. Dir.), Gladys Muniz (resident); Jillian McCourt, Emilee Marshall, Diana DeSousa, Janitza Aquino (volunteer coach), Savannah Iverson, Estephania Delone, Beatrice Dybus (resident)

Pictured left to right: Keziah Mitchell, Nayely Carolina, Gianna Nigro, Arianna Cevallos, Isabel Fernandez, America Bourdoin (resident), Bernice Marshall (Rec. Dir.), Gladys Muniz (resident); Jillian McCourt, Emilee Marshall, Diana DeSousa, Janitza Aquino (volunteer coach), Savannah Iverson, Estephania Delone, Beatrice Dybus (resident)

Kearny, NJ, March 21, 2016 – The Kearny High School girls basketball teams certainly know how to bring excitement on the court. On the evening of January 13th though, they carried excitement off the court to Alaris Health at Kearny, where the athletes enjoyed a night of bingo, crafts and eating ice cream with about a dozen of the Center’s senior residents.

The entire varsity and JV girls basketball teams shared their evening socializing and making new friends with the residents. The athletes shared stories about work, school and basketball and listened to the residents recount stories about when they were the girls’ age. The residents could not have been more delighted with the time spent and truly enjoyed each other’s company. Emilee Marshall, who plays forward on both the JV and varsity teams, said, “We enjoy giving back to the community and this was such a fun experience for everyone involved.

Though the basketball season is now over, Coach Jody Hill plans to bring the basketball teams back each season to spend time with Alaris Health at Kearny residents.

You can view more pictures either by going to the January 2016 album on our Events Gallery, or by visiting the Alaris Health at Kearny Google+ page here.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health at St. Mary’s Resident Achieves Goal of Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Family

(Pictured left to right: Marsha Cill and Kathleen Gahles)

(Pictured left to right: Marsha Cill and Kathleen Gahles)

Orange, NJ March 17th, 2016 – There are plenty of reasons to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: parades, corned beef, Guinness, green everything. For Kathleen Gahles, an Alaris Health at St. Mary’s resident, 65-years-young and extremely proud of her Irish roots, this year’s holiday was even more special. It motivated her to set a goal of attending her sister’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Scotch Plains last Saturday.

With help from her dedicated nurses, Ms. Gahles has made exceptional progress at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s since being admitted to the ventilator care unit in February of 2015. By November, she had progressed and moved to the rehabilitation care unit and has been off the ventilator and using an oxygen mask. With regular physical therapy, she has been able to sit up in her chair for longer and longer stints at a time, but nothing compared to her St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Accompanied by Director of Nursing Marsha Cill, with whom Ms. Gahles has become very close, she went to her sister’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Not only did she enjoy multiple helpings of cabbage, corned beef and potatoes, she sat up in her chair for more than five and a half hours! Ms. Gahles told Marsha the following day, “I can’t stop smiling from my experience yesterday,” and later, “Lately I’ve been so happy.”

Ms. Gahles continues to make progress and has set a new goal for herself: to return home to live with her daughter within four months. With her tenacity and the excellent nursing care she receives at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s, that goal is well within Ms. Gahles’s reach.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

Alaris Health at HarborView Residents Sing and Dance during Kindness Visit from Happy Face Day Care

happy face pic2Jersey City, NJ, February 29, 2016 – February can be a particularly frigid month in New Jersey, but for a group of Alaris Health of HarborView residents, February 8th was an especially warm and fuzzy day. Children from Happy Face Day Care Center in Jersey City paid a special visit to residents at Alaris Health at HarborView for an afternoon filled with fun, laughter, singing and dancing.

The children gave each of the 30 residents “kind cushions”, pillows that they had sewn, stuffed and decorated themselves by hand. After the kind cushions had been handed out, one little girl was overheard asking the residents, “Did every grandma and grandpa receive a kind cushion?” which got a good laugh.

Along with the kind cushions, the group of enthusiastic children gave lots of hugs and even sang and danced with the residents. The Center continued to buzz with energy and chatter well after the students left, as residents exchanged stories and reflected upon the visit and good company.

Children from Happy Face Day Care Center visit residents at Alaris Health at HarborView twice a year, typically once in the winter and once in the summer. The residents are looking forward to the daycare’s next visit this summer, when they will be doing an arts and crafts project.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.

At Alaris Health at West Orange, the Difference is in the Details

west orange staffWest Orange, NJ, March 14, 2016 – In the day and age of instant gratification and vying to get the best 10-second soundbite, practicing what you preach requires time, dedication and holistic teamwork. At Alaris Member Health Centers, commitment to superb patient care, attention and respect is the norm, not the exception.

Erik Glover realized this when his 78-year-young mother, Helen Glover, recently became ill. He took her to a nearby medical center, where she was diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. It took his family by complete surprise, and he became responsible for making decisions concerning his mother’s care.

interiorSeeking the best for his mother’s transitional care, he transferred her to Alaris Health at West Orange for sub-acute rehabilitation to supplement her treatment plan. He immediately noticed a difference. In a personal letter he wrote to the Center, he said, “The care and professionalism that staff exhibits to patients and family members is outstanding and second to none. I want to thank the multi-disciplinary staff at the facility for the excellent care and service they have provided to my mother, from Cheryl, the head nurse, to the physical therapists, floor nurses, cooks and aides.”

Erik, a U.S. Army veteran who served for more than 22 years and health care executive himself for a large teaching hospital, understands that providing excellent service is no small task. “I can appreciate the considerable effort it takes to ensure good quality care and services to patients in a clean, safe and comfortable environment,” he said.

Helen, her family and her team of physicians coordinated an excellent treatment plan, and she has made exceptional progress. She is expected to be discharged soon and return to Erik’s home in Philadelphia.


About Alaris Health

Alaris statewide network of independently owned and operated Member Health Centers offers a wide variety of services across a continuum of care, ranging from short-term post-hospital rehabilitation and long-term care specialized care.

Each Member Health Center is licensed to use the Alaris Health name and receive non-health related services. All health care related services are provided solely by each independently owned and operated Member Health Center.

For more information, please visit www.alarishealth.com or call (855)7-ALARIS for more information.