Alaris Health at The Chateau Joins UnitedHealthcare Network

Jersey City, NJ, May 24, 2017 – In an effort to continuously expand its in-network providers, Alaris Health at The Chateau is now a participating provider with UnitedHealthcare (UHC).

Alaris Health at The Chateau joins 10 other Alaris Health Member Centers that are already in network with UnitedHealthcare: Alaris Health at Castle Hill, Cedar Grove, Essex, HarborView, Kearny, Passaic County, Rochelle Park, Riverton, St. Mary’s and West Orange.

Regional Director Provider Relations Raquel Pecillo-Mulligan said of the opportunity, “We are excited to be expanding our market with one of the strongest healthcare networks, which will enable UnitedHealthcare members to access 11 of our 16 Member Centers.”

For more information about UnitedHealthcare, visit www.uhc.com. For a full list of Alaris Health Member Centers, visit www.alarishealth.com/find-a-location.

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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 Welcomes Araceli Mendoza as Regional Vice President of Alaris Health Dialysis Services

Araceli Mendoza

(Regional Vice President of Alaris Health Dialysis Services Araceli Mendoza)

Jersey City, NJ, May 23, 2017 – Alaris Health is excited to welcome Araceli Mendoza as the regional vice president of Alaris Health Dialysis Services. She will lead dialysis services at select Alaris Health Member Facilities, including Alaris Health Dialysis at Essex, Irvington, a state-of-the-art dialysis facility opening in five-star sub-acute rehab center Alaris Health at Essex in spring of 2017.

For dialysis patients, Alaris Health Dialysis at Essex will offer new and enhanced services with highly skilled staff and leading nephrologists. The facility is centrally located near major hospitals and highways and has 17 dialysis stations and 1 separation room.  It will also boast deluxe amenities, such as heated chairs, Internet access, patient education, custom individualized lighting controls and high-tech multimedia and entertainment capabilities and will be open Monday through Saturday.

Araceli joins Alaris Health with more than 35 years of dialysis and nurse administration experience in addition to impressive leadership and awards accolades. After earning her Master of Science in Nursing at Columbia and MBA in Health Systems Management at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Management and organizational leadership at the University of Phoenix. She has worked in a number of healthcare settings and capacities, most recently at East Orange General Hospital as the Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and previously Carepoint Health, St. Barnabas Hospital, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

Araceli will be instrumental in the planning, designing and the expansion of the dialysis services in all Alaris Health Member Facilities. She is responsible for its overall clinical and operational activities. “Alaris Health Dialysis Services will primarily improve our residents’ qualities of life and eliminate long wait times to be transported to local out-patient dialysis clinics,” she said. “For the staff, that means more time attending to each resident’s personal needs, like giving them medications and meals and providing therapy services. For residents, they get to enjoy their favorite TV shows and spend more time with family and friends.”

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(Alaris Health Dialysis at Essex)


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.

Jennifer Puleo From Alaris Health at Cedar Grove Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

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Jennifer Puleo Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award

Washington, DC – April 26, 2017 – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored Jennifer Puleo, MSRD, LNHA, Administrator of Alaris Health at Cedar Grove in Cedar Grove, New Jersey with the 2017 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award.  The leadership award was celebrated during the awards luncheon at ACHCA’s 51st Annual Convocation and Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Fewer than 9% of facilities nationwide qualify. This year, 1,288 facilities met the selection criteria. Two hundred and six administrators were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.

Based on the premise that facility excellence reflects leadership excellence, this award recognizes the administrator of record who provided that leadership throughout the award year.  Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also includes an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of ABILITY Network.

This award is in memory of Eli Pick who was a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s post-acute and aging services leaders. Focused on advancing leadership excellence, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the ACHCA Staff at (202) 536-5120 or visit www.achca.org.

 

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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 Celebrates National Nursing Home Week

NNHW Banner 2017.jpgJersey City, NJ, May 16, 2017 – May 14th through May 20th is the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) National Nursing Home Week (NNHW), when skilled nursing care facilities across the country unite to recognize and appreciate the important role that skilled nursing staff provide for seniors and those with disabilities.

The commemorative week always begins on Mother’s Day and has a different theme each year. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of America”, and residents, volunteers and staff are gearing up for a packed agenda of themed events at Member Centers to celebrate the week.

Alaris Health at Boulevard East will host a series of travel-themed days, including Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and New York Days with trivia, costume contests, themed food, games and activities. There will also be a very special Hawaii Day in partnership with the students at Anna L. Klein Elementary School in Guttenberg, NJ.

Chateau Carnival Updated Flyer“The Spirit of America” will come to life at Alaris Health at Kearny with an Imagination Travel to New Orleans (with Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks), bingo marathon, an All-American Day and Journey to Texas events. At The Chateau, they’ll host an indoor/outdoor carnival featuring Anna O’Connor, a fire hoola-hooper, and an Atlantic City blackjack event, which will be hosted by a professional Atlantic City Casino dealer from Atlantic City Poker Entertainment.

Alaris Health at Jersey City and Riverton will host fun events like a costume party, cook-off, mixology competition, scavenger hunt, human knot and unit competition, American history trivia contest, melting pot luncheon, patriotic music event, Hollywood Squares game and an employee appreciation event.

Over at Alaris Health at Belgrove, Cedar Grove, Hamilton Park, St. Mary’s, The Fountains – South Campus and West Orange, they’ll enjoy events like live music concerts, a talent show, a magic show, a taco Tuesday bar, a Trinidad gourmet food demonstration, a balloon send-off, a fashion show, various Mother’s Day events (such as the Mother’s Day Luncheon), various games and BBQs (with apple pie of course).

To learn more about NNHW, visit www.nnhw.org. For a full list of 2017 NNHW events, visit http://alarishealth.com/events/. And to see photos from last year’s NNHW events, visit http://alarishealth.com/bwg_tag/national-nursing-home-week-2016/.


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 Celebrates National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week 2017 LogoJersey City, NJ, May 10, 2017 – The week of May 6th is the American Nurses Association (ANA) National Nurses Week, a time when those in the nursing field are celebrated for their commitment to providing the highest quality patient care. The ANA has designated 2017 as the “Year of the Healthy Nurse”.

Each year, the commemorative week ends on May 12th, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded the modern nursing profession. Through courage, compassion and fierce dedication, she set high standards for patient care and opened the first nurses’ training program, among many other achievements. Nurses often recite “The Nightingale Pledge”, a variation of the Hippocratic Oath, upon completing their studies to pledge their commitment to the ethics and principles of the nursing profession.

It’s Nightingale’s lasting impact on the nursing field that makes it possible for our nurses to do what they love, and each decides to go in to the nursing field for different reasons.

national nurses week“My passion for nursing started when my mom was diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer almost 20 years ago,” said Alaris Health at Belgrove Assistant Director of Nursing Genevive Diaz, who has been with Alaris since 2012. “I paused my studies so that I could give her the very best care until her last breath. Every time I see and take care of my patients, I remember my mom. It’s an intrinsic motivation to help them recuperate, brighten their days and help them get through tough times.”

In 2002, Criselda De La Pena became a per diem nurse at Alaris Health at Essex and progressed to a staff nurse, unit manager, MDS coordinator, assistant director of nursing and finally, director of nursing. “I came from a family of medical professionals, so nursing was my destiny. Throughout my 15 years here, I’ve had invaluable management teams, nursing staff and CNAs. Our chemistry at Alaris Health at Essex is unparalleled and has earned us a five-star rating in quality of care for the last six years, which is a reflection of our teamwork and dedication to provide the best possible resident care.”

Ruth Amiths joined Alaris Health in 2013 and is the director of nursing at Alaris Health at Kearny. “I became a nurse because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people I touched. Still today, that is why I am a nurse. The fulfillment always outweighs the challenges and frustrations and I feel thankful and blessed to be given such an opportunity. Nursing is not just a profession; it is a vocation.”

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To celebrate National Nurses Week with its residents, Member Centers will host events, like Atlantic City blackjack on May 11th  at Alaris Health at The Chateau, as well as hand massages for nurses at Alaris Health at St. Mary’s, provided by Grace Healthcare Services. For more information on Alaris Health Member Centers’ National Nurses Week events, visit http://alarishealth.com/events/.

Alaris Health would like to thank all of its nursing staff who make the excellent level of care we provide possible. For more information about National Nurses Week, visit http://www.nursingworld.org/FunctionalMenuCategories/National-Nurses-Week-2017.

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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 to Sponsor 2017 New Jersey Women in Leadership Symposium

(Regina Figueroa, Regional VP of Operations)

(Regina Figueroa, Regional VP of Operations)

Jersey City, NJ, May 8, 2017 – Alaris Health Member Centers understand how important it is to be active and involved in its surrounding communities and holds and participates in various local events each year.

For the first time ever, Alaris Health will be a sponsor of the National Diversity Council’s annual New Jersey Women in Leadership Symposium on May 11th at the Wyndham Worldwide Hotel in Parsippany, New Jersey. Moreover, Alaris Health is excited to have one of its own, Regional VP of Operations Regina Figueroa, be a panelist at the event. Regina was nominated by Dr. Meika Roberson, CMO at Hoboken Medical Center and was chosen for her inspiring leadership in the community.

Each year, the theme of the symposium changes. This year’s theme is “Be fearless: Influence, Innovate and Inspire.” Regina will be one of five other female panelists who will speak about different topics that affect female leaders at all levels, both in their professional and personal lives. The topics will range from dealing with social media to strategies on leading with authenticity. The topics will be followed by an open discussion for attendees to ask questions.

“I’m hoping what people take away from this symposium is that there isn’t a perfect answer to effective leadership in the workplace,” Regina said. “I hope they see the different panelists’ views, have their questions answered and learn tips that they can take back and apply to their own lives.”

The New Jersey Women in Leadership Symposium is open to the public and tickets are available online at https://nationaldiversitycouncilregistration.org/ts/wil. To learn more about the National Diversity Council, visit http://www.nationaldiversitycouncil.org/.

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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 Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day

NHDD LogoJersey City, NJ, May 3, 2017 – April 16th was National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), an initiative of The Conversation Project. This year, NHDD was a week-long event from April 16th to April 22nd when those in the healthcare industry strive to encourage, educate and empower both the public and providers about the important role of advance care planning.

Talking about end-of-life planning is often difficult or avoided for families and friends, causing them the stress and burden of making hard decisions. Although 90% of people agree that discussing end-of-life planning with those closest to them is important, only 27% actually have.

the conversation project logoThe goal of NHDD and The Conversation Project is to start the discussion at the kitchen table — not in the intensive care unit — before it’s too late. By having an open conversation in which loved ones feel comfortable expressing their end-of-life requests, those closest to them can understand and respect their wishes and even bring them closer together.

POLST LogoIn 2011, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into legislation the Practitioner Orders of Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. This document, when signed by a patient’s attending physician or advanced practice nurse, includes instructions for personnel to follow for various life-prolonging interventions and becomes a part of the patient’s medical records.

Alaris Health at Essex Transitional Nurse Care Practitioner Maria Christina Errazo said of POLST, “Providing dignity and decency is fundamental to our patients’ care. As clinicians, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to talk to them and help them make informed choices about their healthcare based on their values, beliefs and goals. It is then our duty to ensure that those wishes are honored in any healthcare situation.”

For more information about the POLST form, visit www.state.nj.us. Click here to view the POLST form on our website, or click here to directly download a copy of the NJ POLST form. And to download the Conversation Starter Kit and learn about how to talk to your doctor about advance care planning, choose a health care proxy and more, visit www.nhdd.org or www.theconversationproject.org/starter-kits.


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 Recognizes National Stress Awareness Month

april is national stress awareness monthJersey City, NJ, April 28, 2017 – Since 1992, The Health Resource Network (HRN) has recognized April as National Stress Awareness Month, a time when health professionals across the industry aim to increase public awareness about stress causes and resolutions.

Whether brought on by work, family, anxiety, finances or other factors, stress affects everyone in varying ways. Stress not only affects the mind, but overall health as well. Prolonged or chronic stress can lead to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke. stressThat’s why learning stress triggers and adopting effective techniques to manage stress is so important for maintaining overall well-being.

Stress triggers can come in various forms, but the most common are increased heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels. If a stressful situation cannot be changed, you can manage its effects by adopting healthy stress-relievers, such as:

  • Recognizing when things are out of your control and letting go or delegating
  • Avoiding getting anxious about situations you cannot change
  • Refocusing on something that makes you feel calm and in control
  • Setting realistic goals to help achieve your vision
  • Practicing healthy living and wellness

Additionally, there are many activities that can help relieve stress, including:

  • Reading a book
  • Exercising
  • Meditating
  • Doing yoga
  • Spending quality time with family/friends

To learn more about Stress Awareness Month, visit www.stressawarenessmonth.com. And to learn more about recognizing and relieving stress, visit www.foh.psc.gov/calendar/stress.


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 Recognizes National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

National Parkinson’s Awareness MonthJersey City, NJ, April 19, 2017 – April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and Alaris Health aims to promote awareness of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and recognize all of its neurologists who care for people with the disease.

Parkinson’s disease, also known as PD, is a neurodegenerative brain disorder in which the brain over time stops producing dopamine, an important neurotransmitter. The lack of dopamine causes a person with PD to slowly lose the ability to regulate his or her movements, body and emotions. In most people, it usually progresses slowly and can take years for symptoms to develop.

Although the disease itself isn’t fatal, there are many complications that can result from it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assessed such complications as the 14th cause of death in the United States.

Though there is currently no cure for the disease, neurologists are crucial to working with people with Parkinson’s disease to help treat and manage their symptoms to provide them with the highest quality of life possible. Each year, neurologists caring for people with PD save approximately 4,600 lives in the U.S. That number could rise to 7,000 lives saved with better access to care.

To learn more about the National Parkinson Foundation and National Parkinson’s Awareness Month or find out how you can help promote awareness, visit http://www.pdf.org/. And include the hashtags #Together4PD and #EndParkinsons on social media to join the conversations and fight against Parkinson’s.

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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 Celebrates National Occupational Therapy Month

OT month 3Jersey City, NJ, April 7, 2017 – April is the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) National Occupational Therapy Month, organized by the fund to promote awareness of occupational therapy, and Alaris Health is honoring the occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants and students in practice, education, research and science who dedicate their lives to this important work.

Helping to improve peoples’ lives is at the heart of everything that our Alaris Health Member Centers do, and occupational therapy is a critical part of that. Occupational therapists develop strategies, solutions and modifications that are customized to each individual’s unique habits, behaviors and lifestyles to empower them to live their lives to the fullest and thrive in their environments. The goal is to improve an individual’s overall health as well as prevent or help them live better with an injury, illness or disability.

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Occupation therapy is deeply rooted in science, data, experience and best practices and looks at the big picture, taking into account individuals’ psychological, emotional and physical factors and their environment to:

  • Reach goals
  • Maintain the highest level possible of function
  • Focus on what matters most to them
  • Sustain or rebuild their independence
  • Engage in daily activities that the have or want to do.

Occupational Therapist Doctor Neil Dave said, “One of the best feelings as an occupational therapist is helping people get back to what they love to do. Working for Alaris Health has given me the support and structure to make this happen”.

Alaris Health is grateful for and appreciative of all of its occupational therapists for their dedication and hard work. For more information about the American Occupational Therapy Association and National Occupational Therapy Month, visit www.aota.org.  To learn more about the fund to promote awareness of occupational therapy, visit www.promoteot.org.

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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.