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Valley Hospital eyeing UPS Paramus site


Valley Hospital eyeing UPS Paramus site
Monday, January 27, 2014    Last updated: Monday January 27, 2014, 7:00 PM
The Record

The Valley Hospital is in negotiations to buy the site in Paramus that global parcel distributor UPS is vacating, several commercial real estate sources said Monday.

The Ridgewood-based hospital, which has been scouting for land in Bergen County to expand its services, is looking to purchase UPS’ data-processing and software development facility on Winters Avenue, sources said.

The parcel distribution company’s site is at 640, 650 and 670 Winters Ave., not far from Route 17. That location is near a 128,000-square-foot facility Valley Hospital already has in Paramus, the Robert and Audrey Luckow Pavilion at 1 Valley Health Plaza, behind the Fashion Center shopping mall.

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Hybrid Procedure Offers New Option for Those with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

Hybrid Procedure Offers New Option for Those with Persistent Atrial Fibrillation

January 6, 2014 — For two years, entrepreneur and recreational hockey player Deron Siddons was unable to take to the ice, and even considered quitting his job, because an arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation caused his heart to beat erratically for up to 48 hours every week.

Today, thanks to an innovative minimally invasive hybrid ablation procedure that represents a new treatment option for patients with chronic or difficult-to-treat atrial fibrillation, Deron’s heart is beating normally.  He’s also back on the ice, touring with his Hockey North America team and coaching his son’s Montclair (NJ) Hockey Club team.

Deron underwent his innovative procedure at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, the first in New Jersey and one of the few hospitals in the New York metropolitan area to offer this new approach.  The hybrid approach combines the skills of a cardiac surgeon and an electrophysiologist, who work side-by-side to block the abnormal electrical signals emanating from the heart’s left atrium.  It is a combination of the catheter and surgical approaches to cardiac ablation, and is done through minimally invasive incisions, not open-heart surgery, in the cardiac electrophysiology suite.

“Three other types of ablation procedures had failed to put my heart back into a normal rhythm, so I was almost ready to quit my job” says Deron.  “I couldn’t exercise, my quality of life was terrible, and the fear of a stroke loomed over me at all times.  Now, I have my life back to enjoy with my wife and four children.”

Cardiac surgeon Jason Sperling, M.D., and electrophysiologist Jonathan Steinberg, M.D., Director of the Valley Arrhythmia Institute (part of The Valley Heart & Vascular Institute) performed Deron’s procedure — called a hybrid ablation — together.

“This is an exciting advancement for the treatment of atrial fibrillation because it targets long-suffering patients who may have failed other forms of treatment,” says Dr. Sperling.

Atrial fibrillation (also called AFib) is a quivering or irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) that can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.  An estimated 2.7 million Americans are living with AFib, according to the American Heart Association.

In most cases, normal heart rhythm can be restored with medication or a standard catheter ablation procedure.  But sometimes, the AFib is more persistent and does not respond to these first-line treatments.  The persistent AFib interferes with the patient’s quality of life and can even lead to feelings of depression.  To date, effective options in these patients have been limited; thus, for many this has meant learning to live a life with AFib.

“Through ongoing clinical research with industry partners and other heart centers, we are working toward best practices to define the correct amount of ablation needed to treat all forms of atrial fibrillation optimally,” notes Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at The Valley Hospital.

For more information, or to find out if you are a candidate for the hybrid ablation procedure, please call 201-HEART DR (201-432-7837) in NJ or 212-HEART DR (212-432-7837) in NYC.

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New Outpatient Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program Launched


Shown here seated, left to right, are: preceptor Lindsay Buldo and infusion fellow Alyssa Duerr Hatler.  Shown standing, left to right are: Valerie Quigley, interim clinical shift coordinator, Outpatient Infusion Center; infusion fellow Caree Guzman; Ann Marie Leichman, vice president, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer; preceptor Veronica Monroy; and Sandy Balentine, director, Clinical Oncology.

New Outpatient Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program Launched
January 15, 2014

Ridgewood NJ,  Congratulations to two Valley nurses, who are forging a new path as the hospital’s first outpatient oncology nursing fellows. Caree Guzman, RN, and Alyssa Duerr Hatler, RN, are piloting a new program that offers Valley RNs an opportunity to become trained in oncology care and chemotherapy delivery, and to provide patient care in the Outpatient Infusion Center at the Blumenthal Cancer Center.

The new Outpatient Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program was developed through a collaboration among Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center and the departments of Patient Care Services and Education to meet a need for high-quality specialized care for oncology patients, says Sandy Balentine, RN, MSN, OCN, director of Clinical Oncology.

“As our volume of infusion patients grew, we had difficulty in filling positions for experienced infusion nurses who can administer chemotherapy,” she says.  “We modeled our new fellowship program after our successful graduate nurses residency program and posted application information internally to Valley Health System RNs. Our nurses are already familiar with our Valley culture and vision, so this program became another avenue to train our own as we meet a need for specialized cancer care.”

The fellowship is a four-month program developed and managed by Sandy as team leader; interim clinical shift coordinator Valerie Quigley, RN, OCN, as unit resource coordinator; and educator Colleen Bardi, RN. Preceptors for Caree and Alyssa are Outpatient Infusion Center nurses Lindsay Buldo, RN, OCN; Veronica Monroy, RN, OCN; and Cheryl Taylor Butcher, RN, OCN. The program’s curriculum includes daily meetings and weekly summations; journal-keeping; education on cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy; clinical experiences; and tumor conferences. Competencies must be completed following chemotherapy administration and documentation.

The fellows also visit the Valley pharmacy to watch how chemotherapy medications are compounded, and they spend time shadowing the Cancer Center’s physicians and meeting with oncology social workers and clerical staff.  They also observe port placements and other surgical procedures in the OR.

“At the completion of the program, our fellows can take the course for a chemotherapy certificate by the national Oncology Nursing Society,” adds Sandy.

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Reader says time to end Mayor’s Monthly Column in the Ridgewood News


Reader says time to end Mayor’s Monthly Column in the Ridgewood News

Seriously, whether you like our mayor or don’t, Boyd has a very good point. Why should the newspaper provide a forum for Mayor Aronsohn to highlight the accomplishments while ignoring the major problems? This is a non-partisan government, so there cannot be an official reply from those opposed to the leader’s views on things. But we do know that at least one letter in which Mayor Aronsohn was not being portrayed favorably was squelched by the newspaper…….and this was due to the mayor himself interfering.

I wish the Mayor would man-up and address all the issues that have been controversial and have not been resolved. For example……what ever happened to the Graydon Ramp? For example…….what is the resolution on the Christie fundraiser (even The Record wrote an editorial blasting the council’s attendance at this event). For example…..why was a personnel matter (Mr. Riche) discussed in open session when there is a strict policy that individuals are to be discussed in closed session? Lines of people jumped up to protest his actions on this, yet no apology or explanation ever came from him. I am betting that the Hope Street poles will be the same thing, never any official follow-up from him because the outcome is not good.

He sweeps controversy under the carpet and we never get a final report on these matters. The Mayor’s Column in the newspaper enables him to continue to do this, by painting a rosy picture with absolutely no space allocated to controversies and problems.


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Valley Hospital named in Becker’s Hospital Review Names 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs

Valley Hospital named in Becker’s Hospital Review Names 100 Hospitals with Great Orthopedic Programs
Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) July 29, 2012

Valley Hospital of Ridgewood named in Becker’s Hospital Review 100 hospitals with great orthopedic programs across the country.

The editorial staff of Becker’s Hospital Review recognizes these hospitals as leaders in orthopedic treatment and research. To develop this list, the editorial team analyzed data from U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades and Thomson Reuters, as well as the American Nurses Credentialing Center for Magnet status and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for Blue Distinction status.

After examining rankings and accolades, the team performed additional research into each hospital and analyzed the list with industry experts. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals from across the country that have demonstrated continual innovation in orthopedic treatments and services. Additionally, the hospitals included emphasize patient-centered care and forward-thinking research.

About Becker’s Hospital Review Becker’s Hospital Review is a bimonthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Our content is geared toward high level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision makers. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs and CFOs.

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Ridgewood News editorial: Hitting the restart button

>Ridgewood News editorial: Hitting the restart button
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Ridgewood News

The scene at Tuesday night’s Village Council meeting to formalize the governing body’s opposition to The Valley Hospital’s “Renewal” plan was far from the raucous display at last year’s Planning Board meeting, when an amendment to the Master Plan was approved.

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Pascack Valley Hospital:Stakes are high as hospital hearing starts

>Stakes are high as hospital hearing starts

Monday, June 8, 2009
Last updated: Monday June 8, 2009, 6:30 AM

The people who live near the former Pascack Valley Hospital say their health will be jeopardized if it doesn’t reopen.

But some North Jersey hospitals say it is the region’s health care system that will be thrown into disarray if Pascack is revived.

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Valley expansion plan under fire


Valley expansion plan under fire

Saturday, March 22, 2008
Last Updated Saturday March 22, 2008, EDT 9:48 AMBY BOB GROVESThe cost of Valley Hospital’s proposed expansion would threaten Ridgewood’s taxpayers and the future of the facility, critics charged.

Valley’s $750 million plan to replace two of its older buildings with three new ones over the next decade could balloon, with interest, to $1 billion — and that would require the hospital to earn an additional $40 million a year for 25 years to pay it off, said Paul Gould. He is a member and spokesman of Concerned Residents of Ridgewood, a neighborhood group that has opposed Valley’s expansion plans for months.

“Where will it come from?” Gould said. “Will we end up with another Pascack Valley?” The Westwood hospital went bankrupt and closed last year after building a $50 million addition.

On the contrary, Valley’s plan “is vital to its success,” said Maureen Curran Kleinman, a hospital spokeswoman.

“If Valley is not allowed to renew over time, we will not be the hospital that the community will choose for its medical care in the future,” Kleinman said in a statement. “It will impede our ability to attract the best physicians and staff, and the hospital would be at risk of facing the same unfortunate fate as Pascack Valley and many other New Jersey hospitals that have been forced to close their doors.”

The Ridgewood Planning Board is deciding whether to approve separate requests, by Valley and by Concerned Residents, for changes in the village’s hospital zone ordinances and master plan. Those changes would either allow the hospital to expand or preserve the surrounding neighborhood.

Beyond financial concerns about the hospital’s plan, Gould and other members of his group worry how much Valley’s expansion would cost the village.

“Taxpayers would absorb the additional infrastructure costs of roads, fire and police, which are paid for by the residents of Ridgewood,” he said.

If, for example, Valley increased its occupancy rate from its current 87 percent to 100 percent, to help pay for the expansion, that could add 80,000 car trips on village streets to the hospital per year, on top of 600,000 vehicle visits already made there annually, Gould said.

While other area hospitals have expanded or renovated in recent years, Valley’s $750 million plan is one of the most ambitious.

Gould’s group is worried that Valley will suffer the same fate as Pascack Valley, which succumbed to a $100 million annual debt after it opened an addition. The hospital closed in November.

“We do not want another bankrupt hospital,” Gould told the Planning Board during a public hearing this week.

But Valley officials say the hospital is not in financial danger.

Valley would finance the first phase of its expansion, estimated at $420 million, through tax-exempt bonds, fund-raising and existing cash, “as is typical financing for not-for-profit hospital projects,” Kleinman said.

Even after the project is complete, Valley’s debt will be “manageable and moderate in comparison to other hospitals,” Kleinman said.

Gould conceded that Valley “is very profitable today,” he said. At a time when many of the state’s hospitals are struggling financially, Valley hospital has $225 million in cash and investments and a $46 million debt, according to tax filings. Revenue increases by 8 percent each year, Gould said.

But to pay for the hospital to pay for the expansion, Gould said, net patient revenue would have to increase by an additional 8 percent a year. How will the hospital do that when it’s only adding three more beds to its current 451? he asked.

Valley officials have repeatedly said their building plan is being done to bring the hospital up to modern medical standards, not to bring in more patients. Will the hospital have to increase what it charges patients? the neighborhood group asked.

“Valley’s charges are among the absolute lowest of any hospital in the state,” Kleinman said. “Even after the project is in place we will still have charges well below other hospitals in New Jersey.”

The neighborhood group also claims that the Planning Board, through its attorney and other professional advisers, has already been negotiating with Valley officials about some terms of the expansion before it has been approved.

David Nicholson, chairman of the Planning Board, said its professionals had met with Valley officials, but denied that they had “negotiated” any of the proposal.

“The implication that this matter is already decided is simply not true,” Nicholson said.

Kleinman said the hospital met with village professionals to discuss the hospital ordinance and make a recommendation to the Planning Board, but not to negotiate terms of the proposed expansion.


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Valley Hospital ‘at a pivotal point’

>Valley Hospital ‘at a pivotal point’

Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Last Updated Tuesday March 11, 2008, EDT 9:01 AMBY BOB GROVESThe Valley Hospital needs more space to handle advances in medical technology and provide better patient care, officials said Monday.

“The hospital is at a pivotal point in its history,” Audrey Meyers, Valley’s president and chief executive officer, told the Ridgewood Planning Board. “Valley must be allowed to evolve over time.”

About 200 people, including supporters and opponents of Valley’s expansion plans, attended the public hearing. Valley’s $750 million plan includes adding a parking deck and replacing two buildings with three new ones, increasing the hospital’s size by 67 percent.

Although modern surgery involves less-invasive techniques, it requires bigger equipment than can be accommodated by Valley’s existing operating rooms, Meyers said. Under the plan, Valley would add just three beds to its existing 451 beds, but the hospital wants to make all its room private in keeping with current standards of care, Meyers said.

The population of Valley’s service area is relatively stable and expected to grow by only 4 percent in the next 10 years, she said. “The demand for change at Valley will be driven by changes in technology and patient care delivery,” she said.

Opponents say the proposed 80-foot-tall hospital buildings don’t belong in the residential neighborhood because they would overshadow homes as well as Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

Answering concerns by nearby residents that the expansion would increase traffic, Meyers said that the hospital’s nine off-site facilities have already eliminated more than 673,000 car trips per year to the hospital’s main campus.

Tuesday night’s special Planning Board meeting at George Washington Middle School was its fourth public hearing on Valley’s proposal.

The next meeting will take place next Tuesday, when Concerned Residents of Ridgewood, a group that opposes the hospital’s plan, will make their arguments before the Planning Board.

In January, the residents group applied to amend the village Master Plan and its hospital zone ordinance to “limit its impact on the community and preserve the village’s residential character.” The group also asked the Village Council and the Planning Board to amend the ordinance to change the minimum distance — from the current 40 feet, to a proposed 80 feet — that hospital buildings must be set back from North Van Dien and Linwood Avenues.

“We want further clarification about whether the hospital has changed any of its positions from 12 months ago — particularly the magnitude and scale of the proposed development — following the public outcry,” Paul Gould, a member of the group, said before the meeting.

David Nicholson, chairman of the Planning Board, said the board would consider the request by the hospital and concerned residents “as legitimate and equal” and will consider them simultaneously. “The board will then make its decision whether it will consider any changes — one or the other or one of our own devising — to the ordinances,” he said. “My hope is we will make a decision by the end of April.”


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Valley Executives on “Schmooze Patrol”

Susan Sherrill, Editor of The Ridgewood News, photographed at a recent social event with Audrey Meyers and Megan Fraser of The Valley Hospital. This photograph appears on page 136 of the most recent “201 Magazine.”

The Fly wonders if Ms. Meyers, The Valley’s President and CEO, and Ms. Fraser, her Director of Marketing and Public Relations, were trying to ensure favorable print media coverage of The Valley’s Renewal Plan.

A picture is indeed worth one thousand words . .