Three candidates who ran uncontested for three seats on a nine-member panel were elected to the Weehawken Township Board of Education on Tuesday. Out of 999 votes cast, Richard Barsa received 386, Joseph Rutigliano received 297, and Gabrielle Jonas received 314 votes.
Voters approved by 293 to 63 the school tax levy of $19,081,353, to fund the 2015-16 school budget.

Carepoint Health – Christ Hospital awarded hospital accreditation from The Joint Commission

CarePoint Health announced that Christ Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend CarePoint Health for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”
“This prestigious award highlights CarePoint Health’s continuing and steadfast commitment to providing superior healthcare services to Hudson County residents,” said Dennis Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of CarePoint Health.
CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey from Dec. 09, 2014 to Dec. 12, 2014. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

JCMC offers free cardiac, concussion screenings for young athletes

Free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings will be made available to young athletes on Saturday morning, May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the cafeteria at Jersey City Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility at 355 Grand Ave., Jersey City.
“These are two areas of utmost concern to parents of young athletes, coaches and educators,” said Joseph F. Scott, president and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center. “Thanks to Barnabas Health and the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, we are extremely pleased we can begin to address these problems in Hudson County through the availability of free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings.”
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injuries and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings. Barnabas Health serves and cares for more pediatric patients than any other health care organization in New Jersey.
The cardiac screening is for young athletes ages six to 18 years old. Studies have shown sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths can often be avoided when preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided. The screening, which will be offered to the first 130 who sign up, can help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.
Head injuries are on the rise at all levels of athletics, including those who compete at the recreational and middle and high school levels. A concussion baseline study (called ImPACT) can help identify future brain injuries. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, this screening may be used to evaluate the severity of the injury and help determine when it is safe for the athlete to return. The free test will be made available to the first 80 athletes, ages 12 to 18 years, to sign up.
A parent or guardian must accompany the young athlete. To sign up for the screenings, email teamlink@barnabashealth.org. For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, visit www.barnabashealth.org/morahan or call (973) 322-7913.

Career Fair in Union City on April 29

The City of Union City in conjunction with the North Hudson Community Action Corporation is holding their 2015 Career Fair on Wednesday, April 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Union City High School, 2500 Kennedy Blvd., Union City.
There will be over 20 vendors attending from different fields, including administrative, financial services, and home care. For additional information contact Olga Velez at (201) 758-5511.

North Hudson Creative Alliance seeks new members for arts coalition

Artists, musicians, photographers, writers, dancers, actors, filmmakers, models, poets, and all those in creative fields are invited to join the North Hudson Creative Alliance. The main goal of this group is to bring together like-minded residents who are interested in producing artistic venues in the area.
Projects will include creating North Bergen’s first annual Art & Music Festival, turning the Braddock House in James J. Braddock Park into a Cultural Arts Center, and producing social dance venues for the over-40 crowd.
All those who support the arts are also welcome. If interested, contact Lynn Earley at satorispace@yahoo.com for details regarding the first meeting, which will be in the near future.

Run the Palisades on May 17 to support the Diabetes Foundation

The 7th annual Run the Palisades event, one of Bergen County’s premier road races, will once again support the Diabetes Foundation. Scheduled for Sunday, May 17, the event will feature 5K and 10K run/walks, a kids run, and a health fair.
“Diabetes affects nearly one million people in New Jersey. It’s the third leading cause of death, and a major cause of blindness, heart disease and amputation,” said Roberta Schmidt, executive director of the Diabetes Foundation, located in Paramus. “This is a disease that does not discriminate. Yet, getting tested and having a solid understanding of just what diabetes is can make a huge difference in both preventing it and helping individuals and their families learn to live with it more successfully.”
The Diabetes Foundation (www.diabetesfoundationinc.org) provides short-term diabetes medications and supplies to needy people with diabetes, supports services that offer information and resources for diabetes management, and sends children with diabetes to summer camp.
Run the Palisades is hosted by the towns of Fort Lee and Cliffside Park, and sponsored by Novo Nordisk. Additional sponsorships are still available.

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