Health & Wellness

May 11, 2021

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Three staff members from Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) and RWJBarnabas Health were recently honored for their outstanding service to the Livingston community when the Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI) teamed up with the Livingston Township Council to ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The nearly 1,600 attending physicians at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected leaders among the group to serve two-year terms as Medical Staff Officers. Inducted at the Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting in April were Alan Garten, MD, who will serve as Medical ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) has been awarded its 19th consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score rating by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. SBMC, an RWJBarnabas Health facility located in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Department of Health has directed all New Jersey vaccination sites to cancel or put on hold appointments for the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine following recommendations by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The upcoming summer will be the second one on which the COVID-19 pandemic has an effect on nearly all aspects of our daily lives.    Pods, social distancing, masks, remote learning, hybrid schedules, cohorts, hand sanitizers, quarantining, capacity limits and Zoom are all ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — On March 15-16, Dr. Paul Wichansky visited Washington School in West Caldwell, New Jersey, to share his experiences with his disabilities: cerebral palsy and hearing loss. Dr. Paul is a motivational speaker who travels between different schools to speak about his disabilities ...

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In five weeks, variant cases rose 830% in NJ, and only 2% of cases are tested for new virus strains. Special to TAPinto. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read ...

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CALDWELL, NJ — In a virtual awards ceremony last month to honor volunteers in a variety of fields across New Jersey, Caldwell resident Dave Whetton won the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards Honoree for Volunteer Leadership. Whetton's focus is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Findings from two national surveys appearing in the Alzheimer’s Association “2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report reveal that discrimination is a barrier to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. According to the report, more than one-third of Black Americans (36%) and ...

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Patchwork registration and sign-up systems, already inadequate, must deal with tens of thousands of newly eligible residents. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Monday Feb. 22 due to lack of vaccines.  Residents with appointments for Feb. 22, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 and Sun. Feb 21 were canceled ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - Essex County has canceled all first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Sunday Feb. 21 due to lack of vaccine availability. Residents with fist dose appointments for Feb. 21, will have those appointments rescheduled for some time next week. Appointments for Sat. Feb. 20 ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — First vaccination dose appointments scheduled for Sat. Feb. 20 have been canceled in Essex County.  According to Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, the county did not receive their shipment of vaccines.  The appointments for FIRST DOSE originally scheduled for Feb ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy emerged from his self-quarantine Tuesday wearing not one but two face masks. Last week, despite testing negative for COVID-19, the governor entered a self-quarantine when a family member confirmed they had contracted the virus. His office said he was entering a ...

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WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — There were 25 new cases of COVID-19 reported in West Caldwell between Feb. 1 and Feb. 8, according to data released by Essex County. West Caldwell has had a total of 770 confirmed coronavirus altogether in the 11 months since the pandemic was declared. In the last week, ...

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ESSEX COUNTY, NJ -- Following the proper guidance on shoveling snow can help prevent injury or even death. With Essex County in the midst of a snowstorm that could dump between 1 and 2 feet of snow on the ground, these tips are critical. Dennis Van Atta, director of the Scotch Plains OEM in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Residents can now access a new coronavirus vaccine hotline with 250 New Jersey-based staff members currently on hand to answer common questions, help connect people to centers providing shots and clear up eligibility rules. More than 17,000 people called in within the first hour - ...

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NEW JERSEY - Looking to answer questions and seeing a "bright light" at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, New Jersey healthcare leaders spoke about how they've dealt with the pandemic while offering hope for the future, at a virtual event held by TAPinto on Thursday evening. The first-ever TAPinto ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected Rahul V. Pawar, MD, Neuroradiologist, as its newest member. According to Board Chairman Bruce Schonbraun, who has known Dr. Pawar for many years, Pawar’s “clinical expertise, active community ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — At the stroke of midnight on Friday, Ella Andrea became the first baby born at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 2021.  Ella, the second child born to Jose and Juliana Miranda Sucuzhanay of Kearny, weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 20 inches at the time of her ...

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WEST ESSEX AREA, NJ — There were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported in West Caldwell, and six in Fairfield on Wednesday, according to data released by Essex County. Roseland had five new confirmed positive cases, Caldwell had two, and Essex Fells and North Caldwell each had one on Wednesday.

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NEW JERSEY — Following Christmas weekend, New Jersey confirmed 2,745 cases Monday afternoon (for a total of 463,965) and 21 new deaths (a total of 18,651 deaths with 1,945 considered probable). As of Monday, the positivity rate is 10.98 and the rate of transmission (rT) is 0.96. Saturday's rT of ...

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The borough of West Caldwell is currently seeking volunteers to assist at Essex County vaccination centers, including one at West Caldwell Tech, which is anticipated to vaccinate approximately 1,000 people per day for about three to six months. Five appointment-only ...

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FLORHAM PARK, NJ — In the wake of the shortest day of the year, better known as the winter solstice, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater New Jersey (AAGNJ) has begun preparing for The Longest Day, an annual worldwide initiative that brings thousands of people together to “fight the darkness of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- The start of the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine to people in long-term care facilities has been delayed until next week in New Jersey because the state did not fill its paperwork in time. The delay was discussed during Gov. Murphy's COVID-19 press briefing on Monday ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — Following weeks of preparation, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) in Livingston administered its first Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at 6:30 a.m. on Monday, marking the opening of its COVID-19 vaccination clinic for high-risk, frontline employees. Administrative, medical and ...

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NEW JERSEY- The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall of Nestle Lean Cuisine Baked Chicken meals for “possible extraneous materials, specifically pieces of white hard plastic.” The baked chicken meals were produced and packaged on September 2, 2020 with a “Best Before” date of ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, has once again awarded Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) an “A” for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety, marking the hospital as on of only 29 in the country to be awarded an “A” in every ...

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CEDAR GROVE, NJ — “You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it,” said the mother of 8-year-old Nicholas Storms of Cedar Grove, concerning her son’s battle with cancer.  After a long year of hardship, Nicholas’ parents, Brian and Jaclyn, are happy to announce that Nicholas ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but he’ll have to physically distance when he gets here. Medical Director at the New Jersey Department of Health, Edward Lifshitz, said Monday that among other COVID-19 health protocols, this year children should not be permitted to sit on Santa’s ...

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