NEWARK, NJ – University Hospital was recently honored with an Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Award from the New Jersey Department of Health.

The award was announced at the annual N.J. Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative Conference.

Each year, more than 700,000 people worldwide die due to antimicrobial resistant infections. Antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats facing healthcare on a national and global level. Antimicrobial stewardship is the effort to measure and improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients.

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The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program is a New Jersey Department of Health Program that recognizes institutions for their antimicrobial stewardship programs.  These stewardship programs foster optimal therapies, protect patients from dangerous antimicrobial resistant infections, and safeguard a vulnerable drug supply. 

Thursday's Bronze Award recognized University Hospital as a local leader in antimicrobial stewardship practices to improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

“We recognize the important role we play in promoting best practices in antibiotic use so they are used appropriately,” said Dr. Debra Chew, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  “We are committed to fighting antimicrobial resistance and improving patient care.  We can do that though responsible stewardship so that patients can get the right antibiotic, at the right dose, by the right route, for the right duration.”

“Antimicrobial resistance is a global public health concern.  The misuse of antibiotics results in not only increased antibiotic resistance, but to poorer health outcomes and increased mortality rates,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, CEO and president of University Hospital. “I am proud of the work that we have done here at University Hospital to lead in being responsible stewards of these life-saving drugs.”

University Hospital is part of one of the nation's leading academic medical centers and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, University Hospital is a teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties. 

For more information about University Hospital, visit www.uhnj.org.