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Young Stroke Victim Triumphs Thanks to Overlook Neuroscience Institute's Care

May 9, 2021

SUMMIT, NJ - Nearly 800,000 Americans each year suffer a stroke, an acute condition that can prove devastating for many, and fatal for one in six victims.

Thanks to the unparalleled expertise at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center and Atlantic Neuroscience Institute in Summit, then 26-year-old Joe Slota outcome was one of hope, success, and triumph over a condition that ...

No New COVID-19 Cases in West Orange -- First Time Since October 2020

According to Mayor Robert Parisi, “There are no additional COVID-19 related deaths to report. The Township total stands at 228 of our neighbors that have succumbed to the virus.” Today is the first day since October 1, 2020, that the Township had no new cases to report.

West Orange's total intake of cases is still 5,201. One resident is currently ...

Mountainside Medical Center: What You Need to Know About Revision Spine Surgery

Montclair, NJ — Spine surgery may sound scary, but for many people living with failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), revision spine surgery is a welcomed procedure that may improve their quality of life in ways they have not experienced in years.

Medical Director of Mountainside Medical Center’s Spine Program, Robert F. Heary, M.D., is a board-certified neurosurgeon, who ...

Latest COVID-19 Essex County Statistics Show Slight Improvement

The latest COVID-19 statistics show that the number of cases is slowly decreasing.

A little more than 3 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated, which is almost half of the 6.9 million adults. The state's objective is to vaccinate 70%, or 4.7 million, residents by June 30. 

Another 4.2 million (61%) NJ residents have had one vaccine.

The Department of Health recently ...

Saint Barnabas is Only NJ Hospital to Achieve Consecutive “A” Ratings from Leapfrog Group

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 Livingston, is the only hospital in the state and one of only 27 in the ...

Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29th at Colgate Park in West Orange

Essex County, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the Essex County Board of County Commissioners, West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi and the Township Council and St. Barnabas Medical Center will present an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Thursday, April 29th at Colgate Park in West Orange to help families negatively impacted by the Coronavirus. The 1,000 boxes of food ...

Second Mobile Vaccination April 28, Must Register April 23

Town Council President Cindy Matute-Brown announced that the second mobile vaccination is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28 at Bethany Church, 30 Ashford Terrace in West Orange.

Those who want to be vaccinated on April 23 MUST register at Colgate Park between 3:30 and 6:00 pm on Friday, April 23.

The vaccine being administered is Moderna, and residents will receive a second ...

Drug Prices are Draining Our Families, Time for Trenton to Step Up

Prescription drug prices are too high, any New Jerseyan can tell you that. This was true before the global Coronavirus pandemic, during the pandemic, and without action from our leaders it will still be true after. That countless families must struggle to afford basic life-saving medication is a tragedy. The New Jersey Legislature must pass A2418/S1066 to lower drug prices.

One of the most ...

West Orange's COVID-19 Death Tally Reaches 224

West Orange, NJ — According to Mayor Robert Parisi’s April 14 COVID-19 update, a 67-year-old West Orange resident passed away on April 9, bringing West Orange’s COVID-19 death tally to 224.

Parisi extended condolences to everyone who’s lost a loved one to COVID-19. “Our sympathies to the families and all those impacted by this virus.” 

There are 19 ...

New Jersey Pauses Delivery of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Awaiting Further 'Guidance' from Federal Government

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 Administration.

The health agencies today issued a pause in the vaccine’s ...

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da Vinci Xi Surgical System now at Mountainside Medical Center – Contest to Name New Surgical Robot

May 8, 2021

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has launched a “Name the Robot Contest” for the hospital’s new da Vinci XI system. The hospital is asking local community members to put their creative thinking caps and suggest a nickname for the robot.

The entry form can be accessed on the hospital’s website ...

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Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Mercer Street Friends, and Norwescap Confer Grant Awards to 292 Community Partners Across 18 Counties

May 9, 2021

HILLSIDE, NJ -- The Community FoodBank of New Jersey (CFBNJ), Mercer Street Friends and NORWESCAP  announced the selection of 292 partner food pantries, soup kitchens and other local food assistance charities to receive grants through a $3.5 million investment in network capacity. Awards ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 were ...

da Vinci Xi Surgical System now at Mountainside Medical Center – Contest to Name New Surgical Robot

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center has launched a “Name the Robot Contest” for the hospital’s new da Vinci XI system. The hospital is asking local community members to put their creative thinking caps and suggest a nickname for the robot.

The entry form can be accessed on the hospital’s website ...

Impact100 Essex Announces Start of 2021 Grant Cycle for Local Nonprofits

MORRISTOWN, NJ — Impact100 Essex has announced the availability of a $100,000 Impact Grant and kicked off its 2021 grant cycle with an information session for Essex County nonprofits.

On April 20, more than 60 organizations attended to learn about the grant application process.

"We were pleased to see so many faces at our virtual information session--both familiar organizations ...

Walk-In Vaccination Appointments Now Available at Two Essex County Sites

May 5, 2021

NEWARK, NJ — Two Essex County Vaccination Centers, including Kmart at 235 Prospect Avenue in West Orange and Essex County College at 177 West Market Street in Newark, are now open for walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday to anyone who resides, works or attends school in Essex County.

As of this week, the county vaccination centers at Sears in ...

New Artistic Director for Wildflower Sculpture Park

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Lisa Sanders, an artist with two permanent pieces in the Wildflower Sculpture Park in South Mountain Reservation, has been appointed as Artistic Director/Curator of the park.

She replaces Tricia Zimic who served in the position for ten years.

Sanders holds an MFA from The New York Studio School and has exhibited in New Jersey, Brooklyn, New ...

Latest COVID-19 Essex County Statistics Show Slight Improvement

The latest COVID-19 statistics show that the number of cases is slowly decreasing.

A little more than 3 million New Jerseyans are now fully vaccinated, which is almost half of the 6.9 million adults. The state's objective is to vaccinate 70%, or 4.7 million, residents by June 30. 

Another 4.2 million (61%) NJ residents have had one vaccine.

The Department of Health recently ...

Do or Do Not? Parenting the Star Wars Way

Two very important events occurred in 1977. One, I was born.  Two, Star Wars came out. I’ll let you contemplate which was more important, but I am willing to concede that my birth may not be number one.

Thirty-five years later when I found out that my wife was pregnant, one of the first things to enter my mind was...what order to show my child the Star Wars movies? I ...

Atlantic Health System Celebrates 25 Years of Building Healthier Communities

25 years after establishing one of the first integrated health care systems in New Jersey, Atlantic Health System has become a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of high-quality, innovative health care.

Founded in 1996 through the merger of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital, Mountainside Hospital, and soon after, the General Hospital Center at Passaic, Atlantic Health ...

Community Conversations: Vaccine Updates and Variant Testing

Approximately 4 million people in New Jersey have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine! On the next Community Conversation, Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO, and Steven Sheris, MD, SVP, Physician Enterprise, Atlantic Health System, discuss New Jersey’s new eligibility guidelines and Atlantic Health System’s vaccine program along with the ability to rapidly screen ...