STATE—In New Jersey, approximately 1.15 million residents – or 17 percent of adults – smoke. Of that number, nearly 76 percent want to quit, yet without seeking help only a little better than 10 percent succeed. To help improve the odds of success, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) offers a comprehensive menu of services to help smokers quit.
STATE—NJ Blood Services, which supplies blood to 60 hospitals throughout the state, is in need of volunteers, to work blood drives. The blood mobile volunteer is an integral member of the blood collection team whose task it is assist donors with registration, perform canteen duties and make appointments for their next donation.
TRENTON – The state Senate unanimously approved a bill requiring the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to publicly report certain preventable patient safety errors at New Jersey’s hospitals on June 18, by a vote of 39-0. The legislation now goes to the governor for his signature.
NEWARK—Anyone who spends time in the sun, from golfers to beachgoers, should be proactive about protection from the sun’s harmful rays. This year over one million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
SCOTCH PLAINS – People with diabetes have to be especially vigilant about caring for their feet. Cuts, blisters or scrapes can lead to complications such as non-healing wounds for people with diabetes.
TRENTON – The third anniversary of legislation that requires health care professionals who provide postnatal care to screen new mothers for postpartum depression recently occurred – making New Jersey still the only state in the nation to mandate this type of screening.
LIVINGSTON—As summer begins, many families eagerly anticipate far away vacations, day trips to an amusement park or car rides down to the shore. Unfortunately, few things can ruin their trip faster than motion sickness in a child.
METUCHEN—Metuchen resident, Martin Gizzi, MD, PhD, FAHA, of the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center in Edison received the 2009 American Heart Association Physician of the Year Award.
NEWARK — Susan W. Salmond, EdD, RN, CNE, CTN, has been appointed dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Nursing. Salmond has served as interim dean of the nursing school since January 2007.
ROSELLE PARK—More than 320 participants, including 55 cancer survivors, walk a silent lap during the Luminaria Ceremony at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Roselle Park on Saturday, June 6.