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Several Northwest New Jersey healthcare facilities receive Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards

NEW JERSEY – The New Jersey Department of Health Friday announced the recipients of the second annual New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards. These awards follow the observance of Antibiotic Awareness Week, an annual recognition hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the month of November to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

“These awards recognize healthcare facilities that have developed, implemented and maintained high standards for antimicrobial stewardship program efforts,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs been shown to reduce healthcare associated infections, length of stay, inappropriate use of antimicrobials, and antimicrobial-use associated costs.”

The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards is a voluntary, incentive program that encourages healthcare facilities to assess how well they are applying the CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use, advance patient safety and improve outcomes. The complexity of medical decision-making surrounding antibiotic use and the variability in facility size and types of care in U.S. healthcare settings require flexible programs and activities.

Returning Stewards who were awarded last year were eligible to reapply to the same category, either gold silver, or bronze levels, while new applicants were eligible to receive recognition for a non-tiered Antimicrobial Steward Award. This new award was modified in recognition of the challenges New Jersey’s healthcare facilities experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each awardee will receive a certificate and virtual badge from the Department to acknowledge their work in improving the use of antimicrobial medications within their facilities. Below is a list of the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition awardees.

Antimicrobial Steward Award: Acute Care Facilities:

  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center
  • Hackettstown Medical Center
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Chester
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – Saddlebrook
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation – West Orange
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
  • Newton Medical Center
  • Pascack Valley Medical Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Somerset
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center

Antimicrobial Steward Award: Post-acute Care Facilities:

  • Carepoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center Transition Care Unit
  • Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls
  • Heath Village
  • Job Haines Home
  • The Dwelling Place at Saint Clare’s

Gold Award: Acute Care Facilities:

  • CarePoint Health – Bayonne Medical Center
  • Atlantic Health System – Chilton Medical Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health – Community Medical Center
  • Cooper University Healthcare
  • Hackensack Meridian – Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Inspira Medical Center – Elmer
  • Inspira Medical Center – Mullica Hill
  • Inspira Medical Center – Vineland
  • Jefferson – Cherry Hill Hospital
  • Jefferson – Stratford Hospital
  • Jefferson – Washington Township Hospital
  • Monmouth Medical Center
  • Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus
  • Atlantic Health System – Morristown Medical Center
  • Ocean Medical Center
  • Overlook Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian – South Ocean Medical Center
  • Saint Joseph’s Wayne Hospital
  • Saint Joseph’s University Hospital
  • Saint Mary’s General Hospital
  • Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Gold Award: Post-acute Care Facilities:

  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Long Term Care

Silver Award: Acute Care Facilities:

  • Bayshore Medical Center
  • Deborah Heart and Lung Center
  • Hackensack Meridian – JFK Medical Center
  • Holy Name Medical Center
  • Hunterdon Medical Center
  • Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center
  • Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital
  • Salem Medical Center
  • Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital
  • Saint Michael’s Medical Center

Silver Award: Post-acute Care Facilities:

  • Broadway House for Continuing Care
  • Christian Health Care Center
  • Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center – Berlin
  • Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center – Mt. Holly

Bronze Award: Acute Care Facilities:

  • Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
  • Cape Regional Medical Center
  • Capital Health – Regional Medical Center
  • Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell
  • CentraState Medical Center
  • Clara Maass Medical Center
  • East Orange General Hospital
  • Hackensack Meridian Health – Raritan Bay Medical Center
  • Jersey City Medical Center
  • Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Hackensack Meridian – Riverview Medical Center
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center
  • University Hospital

Bronze Award: Post-acute Care Facilities:

  • AristaCare at Delaire
  • CareOne at Cresskill
  • CareOne at Teaneck
  • Parker at Somerset
  • Preakness Healthcare Center
  • The New Jersey Firemen’s Home
  • Christian Healthcare Center – Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital

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