Health & Wellness

Jessica Israel, MD, Named Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for RWJBarnabas Health

Dr. Jessica Israel, Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for RWJBarnabas Health Credits: RWJBarnabas Health

WEST ORANGE, NJJessica Israel, MD, a resident of Matawan who has been a practicing geriatrician with RWJBarnabas Health since 2002, was recently appointed as Corporate Chair of Geriatrics for RWJBarnabas Health. 

In this new role, Dr. Israel will be working alongside geriatricians and interdisciplinary teams from across the system to develop innovative, cohesive programs with a specialized focus on geriatrics and senior care across RWJBarnabas Health.

According to Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for RWJBarnabas Health, Dr. Israel has proven to be “an exceptional leader in geriatric care” through her work at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, where she established the first outpatient palliative care program in New Jersey and a nationally recognized geriatric medicine program.

Sign Up for E-News

“Her compassion, dedication and full understanding of the spectrum of physical, psychological, medical, social, and spiritual issues that older adults and their families face make her well suited for this additional leadership role,” said Ostrowsky. “Under her guidance and her compassionate vision, we will enhance and grow our geriatric services to help improve the health and wellness of our senior community.”

According to RWJBarnabas Health, Dr. Israel has served as both the vice chair and interim chair of the Department of Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center.  In 2015, she became the regional director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, expanding her program to Monmouth Medical Center’s Southern Campus, where she developed and served as the director of The James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute.  

The Maida Institute is a landmark program in geriatrics incorporating both inpatient and outpatient care in the same location and providing evidence-based best practices through on site physical and occupational therapy, audiology, specialized nursing, pharmacy, social work and education. The Maida Institute is also home to the Better Health senior membership program focused on bringing both educational and social programming to more than 1800 Ocean County residents.   

As Corporate Chair of Geriatrics at RWJBarnabas Health, Dr. Israel will take what she has cultivated at the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute and use it as a model program for enhancing geriatric services and senior care across the system.

Dr Israel said it was her grandparents who inspired her work in geriatrics. As a young woman, she said her grandmother, Mary, founded United Cerebral Palsy in Philadelphia with the help of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

“She helped so many people through her work, but as an older woman she suffered from Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Israel. “None of her doctors knew of her previous work or understood the kind of person she was—and she couldn’t tell them herself. This is what fuels my passion in caring for older adults: I know, first hand, how important it is to really see the person in front of you.

“It allows us, as providers, to take the best care of the lives entrusted to us. I am so excited for this new opportunity and I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to provide meaningful and personalized care to our aging population. I look forward to improving care for New Jersey’s seniors as a whole, and to establishing RWJBarnabas Health as a leader in this important work.”

Dr. Israel completed her medical school training at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY where she also completed her internship and residency in internal medicine as well as a fellowship in Geriatrics and Adult Development with a focus in palliative medicine.  She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. 

She also co-authored the textbook “Medicine: A Competency Based Companion,” a medical student and resident text that focuses on medicine in the context of competency in communication skills, professionalism and system based practices. Additionally, she has been a contributing writer to The New York Times sharing cases of patients near the end of life and the life-lessons each teaches.

Dr. Israel has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Oksana Korzenowski Award for Clinical Excellence from the Drexel University College of Medicine, and is the past recipient of the Hospice Medical Director of the Year award from the NJ Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing Association. She has been recognized as “Best Doctor” from both New Jersey Magazine and Inside Jersey Magazine for Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, and Cancer Care and has been named a Castle Connolly Top Physician.

Her areas of clinical interest included geriatrics, dementia and behavioral management, palliative care, end of life care and doctor-patient communication.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

SOMA

Time to Shine

This time of year it is time to shine!

We all know holiday parties are among us and we have just the right stuff to get you all dolled up. From sparkly skirts to beautiful locally made jewelry & vegan perfumes. Sequins not your look? We have pants and dresses to complete your look and make you stand out. I know I will be heading out in my white waffle knit sweater and black ...

SOMA and The New Menstruation Equity Campaign

Menstruation, which has long been an awkward topic for most men, and an embarrassing subject for many women, has lately been part of the conversation in SOMA.

Maplewood attorney and author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf's book Periods Gone Public: Taking A Stand For Menstrual Equity was just published.

The South Orange-based non-profit Girls Helping Girls. Period. focuses solely on ...

AtlantiCast: Episode 008

On this week’s AtlantiCast, you’ll learn about a groundbreaking new clinical trial in the fight against pancreatic cancer, meet an award-winning child neurologist at Goryeb Children’s Hospital and hear about the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center at Atlantic Orthopedic Institute – plus stay tuned at the end to see our debut episode of the AtlantiCast Medical ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

December 14, 2017

December 5 - Burglary; Sometime during the afternoon hours, a home on Woodside Rd was entered and cash was removed.

December 6 - Theft from Auto; An unsecured auto on Bowdoin St was entered and headphones were removed.

December 5 - Bicycle Theft; During the daytime hours an unsecured bicycle was removed from a bicycle rack at Jefferson School.

December 7 - Burglary; Sometime during the ...

Dec. 16 is Final Saturday of Activities at Dickens Village in Maplewood

December 14, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - This is the third, and final, Saturday when the "little houses" of Dickens Village are open for viewing in Ricalton Square in Maplewood Village. While the houses remain throughout the holiday season, this Saturday is the last chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, take a horse & wagon ride, or visit the petting farm.

Here's the full schedule for this ...

Holiday Celebrations in South Orange and Maplewood

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood have been celebrating the holidays with tree lightings, Santa visits, and more. Here's a recap of last week's SOMA holiday happenings.

POP 'N SHOP GRAND OPENING

At noon on Thursday, Dec. 7, there was a ribbon cutting and opening of the South Orange Village Center Alliance (SOVCA) Pop 'n Shop, which is located ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, December 20, 12:00 PM

Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, South Orange

The Purposes and Rhythms of Jewish Living

Education Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_982bc8344531b1a37c85_par_440

Fri, December 22, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_af1b89eae735bf536426_par440_promo

Fri, December 22, 7:00 PM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

The Extra Rich In Class Dinner Show with E.R.I.C.

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_1386eee123016576bfb7_breakfast_with_santa_2

Sun, December 24, 11:30 AM

Par 440 Restaurant & Lounge, Short Hills

Breakfast with Santa at Par 440

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink Religions And Spirituality

Family Health

When a Stroke is Possible, Experience Makes the Difference

When it comes to accurately diagnosing whether someone has suffered a stroke, “one can never be too smart,” says Dr. Gary Belt.

Belt, a stroke neurologist at Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Overlook Medical Center, has more than three decades of experience in making those tricky diagnoses. He knows that superficial signs that seem to indicate a stroke can’t always be ...

The Mommy's Review - Coco

Corre, no camines (that’s “run, don’t walk!”) to see Coco, the newest animated feature film from Pixar Animation Studios/Disney. This beautiful movie is something that families will cherish seeing together. Like Moana last year, I took my family (ages 7 to 70+) to see Coco over Thanksgiving weekend, and everyone was delighted by the splendor of this wonderful cinematic ...

Essex County Opens New Sheriff's Patrol Headquarters in City's West Ward

December 17, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - It was a who’s who of state, county and local officials at the Essex County Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters on Thursday, where the new, modern facility for county police patrol operations was officially opened in Newark’s West Ward.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr., and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura were joined by Newark ...

Local Family-Friendly Events to Enjoy Over the Holidays in the Essex County Area

ESSEX COUNTY AREA, NJ — Residents looking to fill their week with holiday cheer are in luck, as many local celebrations are in full swing.

From family-friendly events to kid-centric story times, and senior citizen dances to adults-only happy hours, there is something on the calendar for every member of the family from now until Dec. 25 and beyond.

Dec. 15

Mountain Creek ...

Judge Rules that Addams Tavern in Westfield Must Close for Now

December 15, 2017

WESTFIELD, NJ — A judge has ordered Addams Tavern at 115 Elm St. downtown to close as of Friday, Dec. 15, and not re-open without further court order.

Superior Court Judge Katherine Dupuis wrote that the court is convinced based on the testimony of four expert witnesses that the building is not compliant with the applicable building code, and that the court finds that there is ...

Union Police Department Auctioning Off Rolex Watches

UNION, NJ – Looking for a Rolex? 

The Union Police Department is auctioning off three Rolex watches seized during a narcotics arrest.  According to Union Police Lt. Robert Perez, the watches were part of the contraband awarded by the court.

The watches being auctioned are a Rolex 18K Gold and Stainless Steel Submariner Watch Model #116613, a Rolex Stainless Steel Yachtmaster ...

New Technology Available to Enhance Visits to NJ State Parks

December 16, 2017

TRENTON - The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry on Thursday, November 16 officially launched a new smart device tool to enhance visits to state parks by helping users plan visits around the state park system's vast network of trails.

The Trail Tracker application, demonstrated by the Park Service during a news conference today at Allaire State Park in Monmouth County, may be ...

Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated Plans to Share A Hug, Share A Scarf

December 17, 2017

The Essex County (NJ) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated are planning their first Share A Hug, Share A Scarf initiative; taking on a concept that is quickly spreading across the country. The Hugging Trees trend that began in Seymour, Indiana, has people from all across the nation, taking old, new and handmade scarves, and tying them around trees in parks and neighborhoods, with messages of ...

Weekly Specials for Ashley Marketplace & Cafe - Dec. 15 to Dec. 21

Shop Ashley Marketplace & Cafe for your everyday needs!

This week's specials are:

Live Lobster $12.99lb (Ashley Fish Market)
Driscoll’s Strawberries  $3.99
Vegetarian Sandwich $5.99 (Deli)
Sabra Hummus 17oz $3.99
Black Angus Boneless Beef Steak $9.88lb (Meat)
Locatelli Romano $9.99lb (Cheese)
Martinelli Sparkling Cider 25.4floz $3.99

See all ...

Bee Hive Rescued in Short Hills

SHORT HILLS, NJ - A beehive 50 feet above Oakview Terrace was saved last Wednesday through a coordinated effort of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum staff, Millburn Township Shade Tree workers, and beekeeper Joe Lelinho of Hilltop Honey. Thousands of regional honey bees built the exposed hive, but with temperatures plummeting the bees could have died.

Community member Amy Sherman Gotsch first ...