STATE — Children’s Specialized Hospital has been named the 2012 Hospital of the Year by NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes. Nominated by The Robert Wood Johnson Health System, Children’s Specialized Hospital was one of six hospitals chosen as a finalist.
“On behalf of the more than 1,000 clinicians and staff of Children’s Specialized Hospital, we are honored to be selected by NJBIZ as the 2012 Hospital of the Year. We thank the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for nominating us and congratulate all of the nominees and winners,” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital. “This year we will deliver specialized medical care to over 19,000 children with special needs at our 10 sites. This award is a true testament to the excellent care and compassion our staff delivers everyday.”
The Healthcare Heroes awards finalists were recognized and the winners in each category were announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 19 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey. The honorees will also be highlighted in a special supplement to NJBIZ on June 25.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has nine sites in New Jersey and is the country’s largest provider of rehabilitation services for children.
This is a banner year for Children’s Specialized Hospital as the system will open one new outpatient therapy site in Egg Harbor Township (Atlantic County) and has plans to open another in Newark in 2013. These sites are expected to offer outpatient pediatric physical, occupation, speech therapy and psychology services and will open by the end of 2012.
Children’s Specialized Hospital’s advance use of technology and innovation secures its position as the premiere pediatric rehabilitation health system. This year, the autism team evaluated patients using computers and “telemedicine” to screen children for autism in underserved populations. Children’s Specialized is New Jersey’s largest provider of autism services and this year the autism team trained over 428 early childhood professionals on recognizing red flags of autism. As part of the “Developmental Screening Clinic,” funded by a grant from the New Jersey Governor’s Counsel on Autism Research, the team also evaluated almost 600 at risk preschool children.
Children’s Specialized is one of only two children’s hospitals in the country to offer the ZeroG therapeutic system to patients regaining the ability to walk. ZeroG is the world’s most advanced over ground gait and balance training system. It allows patients to safely practice intensive physical therapy early in their rehabilitation, a factor shown to be related to enhanced outcomes.
With eleven sites spanning the state and the transition to electronic medical record now a requirement in the industry, Children’s Specialized Hospital was the first hospital in New Jersey to certify for Medicaid Sate 1 Core Requirements of Meaningful Use in the adoption of an electronic health record. The use of electronic medical record and pharmaceutical barcode scanning led to a 45 percent decrease in the already extraordinarily low medication error rate. The use of electronic medical health records has benefits for patients, families and staff and ultimately allows Children’s Specialized to provide better customer service and medical care.
The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, is sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP, the New Jersey Hospital Association and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.
Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Mary Ann T. Donohue, Ph.D., RN,APN, NEA-BC, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Dr. Richard Dool, Seton Hall University; Dr. Vincent Grasso; D.N. Lombardi, Ph.D., USMC®, Stevens Healthcare Partnerships; Dean Paranicas, Healthcare Institute of New Jersey and David Taylor, New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition.
The Healthcare Heroes awards program honors individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. Finalists were selected in eleven categories: Corporate Achievement, Education Hero-Individual, Education Hero-Organization, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero-Individual, Innovation Hero-Organization, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
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