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by Staff

 With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dropping, the New Jersey Hospital Association has said that hospitals across the state can once again allow visitors, with most patients being allowed up to two visitors at a time. The new guidelines will remain unless a spike in COVID cases takes place.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center recently implanted its 100th Bluetooth-enabled defibrillator into a patient, making the South Jersey medical provider the first in the nation to reach this procedural milestone. Using a high-voltage smartphone app and Bluetooth communication, the device provides remote monitoring for patients with abnormal heart rhythms and heart failure. 

Cooper University Health Care became the first health system in South Jersey to join Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s Horizon Neighbors in Health program, which aims  to improve outcomes by addressing social barriers to health. The program, created last year, is investing $25 million to collaborate with some of the state’s leading medical organizations over the course of the next three years. In other Cooper news, the provider earned a Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award for the third consecutive year.

Virtua Health has launched a “Care After COVID” program to address various health challenges and lingering symptoms that “longhaulers” face. The health provider’s research indicates that out of the several hundred individuals in the area who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, approximately 30% are still experiencing multiple symptoms. 

Nemours Children’s Health System is rebranding itself and simplifying its name to Nemours Children’s Health. The name change comes as part   of the five-state health system’s launch of a new strategic five-year plan.

Samaritan will be collaborating with the American Heart Association and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation on a new Advanced Cardiac Care Program. The patient-centered program will provide cardiac patients with hospice and palliative care at Samaritan’s inpatient centers in Mount Holly and Voorhees, at home, or inside their assisted living or nursing home facility.

To help mark National Nurses Week, Independence Blue Cross’ annual Celebrate Caring campaign honored individuals who go above and beyond. From more than 1,400 nominations, 10 people were recognized, including Steven Footit of Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; Michelle Jackson-Ware of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Cookie Sanchez, Bayada Home Health Care; and Kelly  Warren, Virtua Memorial Hospital.

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Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Biz, Volume 11, Issue 5 (May 2021).

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