- This week on AtlantiCast, a new
groundbreaking clinical trial for
cancer patients, a state of the art
scoliosis treatment center opens and raising
diversity in Atlantic Health System and much more.
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Hello, I'm Luke Margolis.
Welcome back to AtlantiCast.
We start this week with new developments
in a story you first saw on AtlantiCast in September.
Atlantic Health System has joined
New Jersey based Rafael Pharmaceuticals
in a clinical trial of a new pancreatic cancer drug
led by Dr. Angela Alistar, the medical director
of GI Medical Oncology at Morristown Medical Center.
The study looks at how the drug CPI-613 disrupts the way
these cancer cells get the energy that allows them to grow.
Prior activity with CPI-613 and pancreatic cancer
inspired the current new trial.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most
challenging cancers to treat and
new treatments are desperately needed.
To see Dr. Alistar's tips on identifying the warning
signs of pancreatic cancer, go to AtlantiCast.org.
The latest treatment and technology for
adults and children with spinal deformities,
including scoliosis, are now available at
the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center
at Atlanta Orthopedic Institute.
State of the art techniques and equipment,
such as the O-arm intraoperative imaging system
and the StealthStation surgical navigation system
will give surgeons incredible accuracy and safety
during delicate spinal surgery.
Surgeons from Morristown Medical Center and
Overlook Medical Center will care for patients
at the new Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center.
Both Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers
are accredited as Centers of Excellence
by the joint commission and Morristown Medical
Center's orthopedic program has been recognized
by US News and World Report as a best in nation program.
Congratulations to Dr. Bernard Maria, the
Director of the Division of Child Neurology
and Developmental Medicine at Goryeb Children's Hospital.
He was recently recognized with the 2018 Hower Award,
the highest recognition from the Child Neurology Society.
The award is given each year to a child neurologist
in recognition for sustained and outstanding
contributions to the field of child neurology.
Dr. Maria was instrumental in developing
programs at Atlantic Health System that
addressed disorders including autism,
brain and spinal tumors, concussion, epilepsy,
headache and migraine, and muscle and nerve diseases.
When a fourteen year old girl goes from
soccer star to couch potato, it's strange.
When she suddenly can't breathe, it's terrifying.
That's the story behind a must-read article
recently published by The New York Times
about a teenager suffering from a dangerous
condition called granulomatosis with polyangiitis.
Thanks to the teamwork shown by the expert
doctors and nurses at Goryem Children's Hospital
and Morristown Medical Center, the
young girl was diagnosed, treated and
has since recovered and started college this fall.
All of us at Atlantic Health System are
inspired by this patient, who is now
looking to one day become a nurse and,
according to the article, provide the
same comfort and care for children who, like her,
need so much of it to get through a terrible illness.
A copy of the article is linked to at AtlantiCast.org.
An appreciation and respect for the diversity
of the team members and a commitment to
fostering a pro-family environment,
that's the spirit that led to Atlantic Health
System making the list of the best workplaces
for diversity and best workplaces for parents,
according to Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine.
These are the fifth and sixth recognitions
from Great Place to Work and Fortune this year alone.
Also a big thank you to all of our team members
who filled out the annual engagement survey.
Your information allows us to keep
building healthier communities.
Morristown Medical Center was recently named
a top teaching hospital by the Leapfrog Group,
a leading hospital safety rating organization.
Morristown Medical Center joins just 35
other hospitals across the entire country to win this honor.
The rating measures many areas of care,
including infection rates, maternity care
and preventing medical errors.
Newton Medical Center recently received
a coveted Pathway to Excellence designation
by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The award recognizes Newton as a place where
nurses can flourish and lets patients know
they will get the highest standard of care.
Congratulations to Newton Medical
Center on earning this distinction.
And finally, we'd like to recognize another
special moment that matters here at Atlantic Health System.
Part of building healthier communities
means helping people overcome challenges
to live the fullest life possible.
In a span of eight months Charlene Beebee,
a physical trainer in Newton, had both hips
replaced at Morristown Medical Center.
She's now back at work, on her feet all day
and the subject of our latest Moments That Matter
commercial coming soon to a TV near you.
Now as we go to a quick break here's a look
at some great events comin' your way.
But first, the chill in the air,
the candy corn's making way for peppermints.
Yes, the holiday season is upon us.
With that, comes some amazing holiday lights
like the First Annual Holiday Lights Festival
at Hackettstown Medical Center, a free event
for the public created by the Foundation for Hackettstown
Medical Center and sponsored by Hackettstown
Anesthesia Associates and Hackettstown Radiology.
The festival included lots of activities
for the kids and, of course, Santa.
Enjoy, and we'll see you after a quick break.
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Welcome to the AtlantiCast Medical Minute.
I'm Luke Margolis.
Dr. Philippe Genereux is leading a first in the world
study called Early-TAVR right here in New Jersey
that's looking into the treatment schedule
for a potentially silent killer known as aortic stenosis.
Doctor, tell us a little bit about the study.
- Aortic stenosis is the most common
cardiac valve disease and typically
we intervene on a patient with open heart surgery
when they develop symptoms or cardiac damage.
The Early-TAVR trial will investigate
for the first time in the world whether
a new technique performed by transcatheter
no surgery replacing the valve before the insulation
of symptom will result in benefit for the patients.
- And why do it here at Morristown Medical Center?
- Morristown has the best surgeon, the best cardiologist
and the best imager cardiographer with a
platform that's exceptional to intervene earlier
in the treatment of these patients.
- Dr. Philippe Genereux, thank you so much.
- My pleasure.
- All right folks, to learn more about
Early-TAVR or Atlantic Health System,
you can check out AtlantiCast.org.