Valley Medical Group News

Valley Health System has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees by offering healthy workplace initiatives as well as access to quality cancer prevention and treatment services.

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The Valley Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute has been selected as 1 of just 10 hospitals – and the only hospital in New Jersey – to participate in a nationwide study investigating a minimally invasive aortic valve replacement procedure for individuals with aortic stenosis. 

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Data shows that people who are stressed sleep about one hour less than those who are not stressed, says Jeffrey Barasch, M.D., Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine.
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The Valley Hospital has earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for a fifth consecutive year.  Valley is one of 400 award recipients representing hospitals of similar size that have met the highest standards for patient experience in the U.S. 

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The Valley Hospital earned an "A" grade on the latest national report card on patient safety.

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Valley Medical Group cardiologist Elliot Brown, M.D., says research is proving that the correlation between stress and heart disease is stronger than many once thought.

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VMG dermatologist Iris Kopeloff, M.D., provides tips for helping to keep teenage acne under control.
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Hospitals are increasingly hiring formally trained chefs to over see their meal service, and patients are reaping the benefits.

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The Valley Hospital is proud to announce that its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has received a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Valley’s NICU is the only one in New Jersey to have received this recognition.

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The Valley Hospital is proud to announce that it has earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Stroke Centers. Valley qualified for this evidence-based designation by being ranked in the top 7 percent of nearly 4,800 U.S. hospitals. 

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Being apart from your newborn while he or she is cared for the in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can be heart-wrenching. To make the separation a little bit easier, The Valley Hospital’s NICU has introduced an innovative system that allows parents and extended family members to conduct “virtual visits” with their little ones via webcam. 

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The Valley Hospital is proud to have been recognized with an “A” grade in patient safety for the 10th time. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which rate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, infections and accidents within the hospital, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Valley was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States. 

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The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute has become the first center in New Jersey to implant to a next-generation heart valve for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for patients who are at high risk for open heart surgery.

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For a third consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has received the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of  serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. Valley is among 460 recipients of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2017 out of approximately 4,600 hospitals with inpatient Medicare claims from 2013 to 2015, and is also among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals in the nation reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance. Valley is the only hospital in Bergen County to have received this distinction.

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For the fourth consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, acknowledging Valley’s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families.

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The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Cardiac Electrophysiology. Valley is one of only nine facilities nationwide — and the only one in New Jersey — to receive this recognition.

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The Valley Hospital has been named one of the top hospitals in New Jersey by doctors and patients as reported by Inside Jersey magazine. The list appears in the magazine’s April issue.

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Two great institutions affiliate for cancer care and "create a whole that's more than the sum of its parts," according to Ephraim Casper, Director, Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care.

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Do you know your numbers when it comes to heart health? Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director, Heart Care for Women, discusses the importance of knowing your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other factors important to heart health.
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Meredith Urban, a registered Dietitian at the Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, offers tips and tools that can help you get back on track and back to your goal weight.

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Living a heart-healthy lifestyle can be easier than you think, says Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Director, Valley/Cleveland Clinic Affiliation and Chair of Cardiac Services, Valley Medical Group.

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Taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy is critical to the health of your baby, says Valley Medical Group OB/GYN Christina Maniu, M.D.

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Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, offers tips to help children sleep soundly through the night.

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How do you know when a stomach ache is minor or a sign of something more serious? Diana Volpert, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist with Valley Medical Group, weighs in.

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Valley Health System congratulates its 127 affiliated physicians who are included in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors ®2017 listing. This listing is produced annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, a New York City research and information company.

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After treatment for cardiac problems, three Bergen County residents have learned how their lifestyle choices can influence their heart health.

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The Valley Hospital will build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Paramus, announced Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.  Meyers, who was joined by members of Valley’s Board of Trustees, elected officials, and community leaders in making the announcement, said the new facility will allow Valley to meet the long-term healthcare needs of northern New Jersey and ensures that residents have access to the highest quality of care.  

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Bergen Magazine has named 123 Valley doctors to its 2017 “Bergen County’s Top Doctors” list.

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Valley Medical Group is pleased to announce that 20 of its 23 primary care practices in New Jersey were selected for inclusion in the federal Comprehensive Primary Care Plus program (CPC+), a partnership designed to provide improved access to quality health care at lower costs. The program includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), commercial health plans, self-insured businesses, and primary care providers.

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The Valley Hospital is proud to announce that it has earned the 2017 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care for the fourth consecutive year. Valley, which became affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute in 2015, qualified for this evidence-based designation by being ranked in the top 9 percent of nearly 4,800 U.S. hospitals. 

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Join The Valley Hospital Foundation on Thursday, February 23, 2017, for their Go Red for Women Fashion Show at Seasons, located at 644 Pascack Rd in the Township of Washington. The event will benefit Valley’s Cardiac Screening Program.

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The Valley Hospital has received the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as an America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics for a third consecutive year. This evidence-based designation identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on criteria that considers female satisfaction and clinical excellence.

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The Valley Hospital has received the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery for a second consecutive year, recognizing Valley’s commitment to delivering exceptional patient care and treatment to women who undergo bariatric surgery procedures.

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New Jersey Monthly magazine has named 56 Valley doctors to its 2016 “Top Doctors” list.

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Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea — indicated as a possible cause of a deadly train crash in Hoboken — was "the first thing I thought of when I read about the accident,’’ Dr. Jeffrey Barasch, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Center for Sleep Medicine in Ridgewood, tells The Record newspaper.

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Ridgewood, NJ — Meg McCluskey wanted to do something meaningful in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and that she did.
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The Valley Hospital/Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care will present a Medicare Open Enrollment event that’s open to the public on Wednesday, November 16, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Dorothy B. Kraft Building on 15 Essex Road in Paramus, New Jersey. 

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The Valley Hospital is proud to be among New Jersey's Safest Hospitals.

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The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Wound Care, bringing their total number of Gold Seals to 14.

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Dr. Andrew Granas, Medical Director of Valley Medical Group's Primary and Urgent Care Center in Waldwick weighs in on the importance of flu and pneumonia vaccines.

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Dr. Kai-ping Wang, Medical Director of Pediatric Psychiatry at Valley Medical Group, shares insight about anxiety in children and teens.

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Breast surgeons Laura Klein, M.D., and Tihesha Wilson, M.D., provide tips for conducting a breast self exam.

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Dr. Gail Matthews, Chair of Women's Services for Valley Medical Group, discusses the roster of services Valley offers to help pregnant women and babies build a healthy foundation that will last a lifetime.

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VMG Endocrinologist Dr. Adam Kelman provides information, warning signs and tips for managing diabetes.

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The Valley Hospital’s bariatric weight-loss surgery program has received full accreditation as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

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Dr. Sherry Sakowitz-Sukkar provides tips for packing healthy school lunches.

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Breast surgeons Laura Klein, M.D., and Tihesha Wilson, M.D., provide tips for conducting a breast self exam.
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The Valley Hospital recently hosted its annual Halloween Reunion Party for children who had been cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  This heavily attended annual event reunites parents and children with the physicians and nurses who cared for them.

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The Valley Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical quality and excellence in four surgical areas: Orthopedics, Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and Neurosurgery.

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Two board-certified gastroenterologists have joined Valley Medical Group (VMG), providing expert diagnostic, treatment, and management services for patients with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. Valley welcomes Sita Chokhavatia, M.D., and Jennifer Hsieh, M.D., to the VMG-Gastroenterology office at 140 Chestnut St., Suite 200, in Ridgewood, N.J. 

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Despite the rain on the morning of Monday, September 19, about 115 golfers gathered at Valley Brook Golf Course in River Vale for the 5th Annual Scramble Fore the NICU golf outing.  The event was organized by Scramble Fore the NICU Golf Committee members Neonatologist Frank Manginello, M.D., Chair of Children's Services, Valley Medical Group; Andrew Chalhoub; Don Doraski; John Hodson; James Lin and Eric Wickstrom, all of whom had children cared for in Valley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).    

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The Valley Hospital has received a full, four-year accreditation from the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®). Valley’s cancer program holds the distinction of being the only one in New Jersey, and 1 of 7 in the country, to receive this accreditation. 

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September is Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month – a perfect time to learn more about this heart rhythm disorder that affects more than 3 million Americans. If untreated, AFib can cause serious complications. 

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For the third consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has earned the Women’s Choice Award®  as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment. 

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If you have Medicare medical insurance you are eligible to receive a free annual wellness visit to assess your current health, identify risk factors and develop a personalized prevention plan.

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The Valley Hospital has been recognized as one of the best hospitals in the region, ranking as the fifth best hospital in New Jersey and the 14th best hospital in the New York metropolitan area for 2016-2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. 

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Becker’s Hospital Review has named The Valley Hospital to its 2016 edition of "100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs.” According to Becker’s, organizations on the 2016 list are leading the way in quality patient care, cancer outcomes and research. 

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Cardiac surgeon Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director Valley/Cleveland Clinic National Network, has been invited to deliver a presentation at this week’s Cleveland Clinic Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Alliance and Affiliate annual meeting. 

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The Valley Hospital’s weight-loss (bariatric) surgery program has received Full Accreditation as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). MBSAQIP is designed to assist metabolic and bariatric surgery patients in identifying centers that provide optimal surgical care.

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Enhancing care by encouraging visitation and participation by family and friends.

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As a component of patient and family-centered care, Valley has eased restriction on visitors throughout the organization - including in the ICUs.

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Valley is pleased to announce the appointment of Ephraim Casper, M.D., as the new Valley Health-Mount Sinai Director of Comprehensive Cancer Care.

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Valley has eased restriction on visitors throughout the organization — including in the ICUs — as part of the hospital’s patient and family centered care initiative.

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There are more women in health care leadership roles in New Jersey than ever before, including Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System. NJBIZ recently spoke to the state's female health care leaders on various topics.

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The Valley Hospital has been recognized with the Healthgrades 2016 Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award™ for providing outstanding performance in gynecologic surgery.  This distinction places Valley’s Gynecologic Surgery program in the top 5 percent of hospitals evaluated for gynecologic surgery in 2016 by Healthgrades.  

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July 21, 2016—Howard Goldschmidt, M.D., Cardiologist, Valley Medical Group, recently spent a month sharing his expertise at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. 

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The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce it is the first hospital in the area to acquire the next generation in robotic surgical technology, the da Vinci® Xi Surgical System. This cutting-edge surgical system is the latest addition to the advancements available at The Valley Hospital’s Institute for Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery. 

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Stephanie Zandieh, Director of the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center, provides tips for helping children develop healthy sleep habits.

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Valley Health System is pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded accreditation by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP), making Valley the first and only healthcare organization in New Jersey to receive this distinction.

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July 11, 2016 —Valley Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of John A. Goncalves, M.D., FACS, FAAC, as Director of Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Director of the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) Program of The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). 
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Valley Health System is pleased to partner with Mount Sinai Health System to offer state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer care in northern New Jersey. This partnership will enable Valley to provide enhanced inpatient and outpatient cancer services by offering access to an expanded roster of clinical trials and Mount Sinai’s nationally renowned experts in the field of cancer care, and the development of new programs and services.

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Valley was the first hospital in New Jersey to offer breast seed localization, a more accurate and patient-friendly procedures to pinpoint and remove small benign and cancerous breast tumors or abnormal breast tissue.

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Dr. Jeffrey Barasch, Medical Director of Valley's Center for Sleep Medicine, and other experts discuss treatments for insomnia. 

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Valley Medical Group's Center for Integrative Medicine offers a 6-week Mindfulness Tools for Teens course designed to help teens learn how to manage their stress.

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Dr. Bennett Leifer, a geriatrician at Valley Medical Group and Director of Geriatric Transition of Care at The Valley Hospital, and other experts address the issue of safely prescribing medications for seniors.

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Dr. Robert Silverman, Medical Director of the Valley Pain Management Center, and other experts discuss cutting-edge treatments available to help alleviate chronic pain.

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Valley Health System is partnering with Mount Sinai Health System to offer enhanced cancer care in northern New Jersey.

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Valley Health System has announced a clinical partnership in oncology with Mount Sinai Health System.

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On Wednesday June 8, representatives from Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine participated in a panel presentation called “Ask The Integrative Health Experts: A Body & Mind Prescription to Health & Wellness.  

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June 15, 2016 – The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the members of Valley’s NICU Patient Family Support Program hosted a fabulous evening on the runway at the 2nd Annual NICU Fashion Show and Tricky Tray Fundraiser, A Night of NICU Magic.  

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Valley Health System is pleased to announce the development of an innovative health and wellness center in Mahwah. The Valley Center for Health and Wellness will promote the next generation of healthcare delivery by focusing on improving the health for the community and keeping patients healthy and out of the hospital.  Much more than a gym, the new facility will serve as a convenient “health hub” for the community. 

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The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood continues to lead the way in advanced cardiac care with the opening of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation (AF or AFib) is a condition characterized by irregular or rapid heartbeat—and it’s on the rise. 

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Dr. Robert Silverman, Medical Director of Valley's Pain Management Center, spoke to The Record about fibromyalgia — a painful and potentially debilitating condition — and the treatment options. 

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Dr. Melissa Bagloo, Medical Director of Valley's Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, spoke to NJBIZ about an announcement that bariatric surgery may offer a cure for some patients with Type 2 diabetes. 

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An announcement that bariatric surgery be recommended or considered as a treatment option for certain Type 2 diabetics "is a big deal," Dr. Melissa Bagloo, Medical Director of Valley's Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, told The Record. 

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Dr. Melissa Bagloo, Medical Director of Valley's Center for Metabolic Surgery and Weight-Loss Management, explains to The Record why it is difficult to maintain long-term significant weight loss.

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Tips for protecting your skin from sun damage from Valley Medical Group dermatologist Dr. Tamar Zapolanski.

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Valley's annual “Baby Jubilee” celebrates babies born to patients of the Center and offers parents the chance to enjoy an informal reunion with the Center’s doctors, nurses and staff who have helped them achieve their dreams of parenthood.

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Valley Health System is pleased to announce that cardiac electrophysiologist Suneet Mittal, M.D., has been appointed Associate Chair of Cardiovascular Services for Valley Medical Group, Medical Director of The Valley Hospital’s Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, and Director of Cardiac Research for Valley Health System. Dr. Mittal will also continue in his current roles as Director of Electrophysiology for The Valley Hospital and as a member of the Board of Trustees for Valley Medical Group. 

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Valley Health System is pleased to announce that Stephanie Zandieh, M.D., M.S., has joined Valley Medical Group as Director of The Valley Hospital Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center. 

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The North Jersey ACO, a partnership between Holy Name Medical Center and Valley Health System, welcomes Kiran P. Mulgaokar as the new Executive Director for the Accountable Care Organization. 

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The Valley Hospital has earned the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience for a fourth consecutive year.  This evidence based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on Medicare data weighed according to the preference of women in a 2016 national survey of 1,000+ female respondents.

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Valley Health System has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard.

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The Valley Hospital is putting its pregnancy and childbirth expertise in the palms of users hands, thanks to the hospital's new Pregnancy to Parenthood app.

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Unlike the normal sweating you experience mid-workout or during an un-air-conditioned car ride, hyperhidrosis is typified by sweating far more than what's required for your body to regulate its own temperature, says Robert Korst, M.D., Chief of Oncology Surgical Services and Medical Director of the Hyperhidrosis Center.

 

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The Valley Hospital and the NJ Sharing Network hosted a Gift of Life Memorial Event at Valley to honor organ and tissue donors from this past year.  

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The Valley Hospital Fertility Center recently hosted its annual Baby Jubilee to celebrate the all of the babies born since the program’s inception.  

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The Valley Hospital has been named one of the top hospitals in New Jersey by doctors and patients as reported by Inside Jersey magazine. The list appears in the magazine’s April issue.

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The Okonite Company has made a second extraordinary commitment of $5 million to The Valley Hospital Foundation in support of the Valley Health System’s Translational and Clinical Research programs. 

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The Valley Hospital’s Blumenthal Cancer Center will celebrate all cancer survivors and their caregivers on Saturday, June 25, with a special "Celebration of Life" honoring the personal victories made against cancer.  

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For the eighth time, The Valley Hospital has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an ‘A’ grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. 

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Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine invites you to discover the benefits of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by attending a free orientation session on Wednesday, June 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The program is held at Valley’s Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion in Paramus.

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The Valley Hospital’s Blumenthal Cancer Center will celebrate all cancer survivors and their caregivers on Saturday, June 25, with a special "Celebration of Life" honoring the personal victories made against cancer.  

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As anyone in the profession will tell you, it is truly a blessing to be a nurse. That’s why the Valley Hospital Volunteer Nurse Program is such a perfect fit for nurses who have retired or for a range of reasons are taking a break in their nursing careers.  

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The Valley Hospital’s Center for Metabolic and Weight-Loss Surgery recently marked the opening of its new office with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new location will include expanded services such as medically managed weight-loss for patients who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery, but who are struggling to lose weight on their own. This approach includes diet, exercise, and medication. 

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The Valley Hospital is one of 15 U.S. sites currently enrolling patients in a research study to evaluate a potential new treatment alternative for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation. 

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Valley has announced it is one of 15 U.S. sites to participate in the aMAZE Trial to evaluate a potential new treatment for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation.

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Dr. Melissa Bagloo, Medical Director of the Center for Metabolic and Weight-Loss Surgery, comments on a new study that found that a person's body mass index (BMI) may not be the best indicator of body fat and overall health. 

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The breast surgery and reconstructive team at The Valley Hospital is taking the lead in providing new and progressive advances in breast cancer surgery.

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This April, Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine is offering a series of three, 1-hour group workshops on various wellness topics.  Sessions will be facilitated by holistic nurse and wellness coach Mary Mazzer, RN, HNB-BC, HWNC-BC.  

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Bring a first-born home from the hospital can be daunting. Dr. Frank Manginello, Chair of Childnre's Services for Valley Medical Group, shares advice for new parents.

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Every March, we are all faced with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time and its impact on our circadian rhythms, i.e. our sleep-wake pattern.  The 1 hour shift in time can even temporarily disrupt our ability to fall asleep at night and to wake up in the morning.  

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The breast surgery and reconstructive team at The Valley Hospital is taking the lead in providing new and progressive advances in breast cancer surgery. 

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Parents bring their children to see pediatric gastroenterologists for a wide range of gastrointestinal concerns. Pediatric gastroenterologists provide services including the diagnosis, treatment, and management of all diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal system in children. 

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Clean eating is a lifestyle that can help maintain a healthy physique and mind. Eating “clean” fuels the body with high-quality foods such as fruits, raw and cooked vegetables, sustainable fish, lean grass-fed and organic animal proteins, healthy fats, nuts and seeds and certain complex carbohydrates. 

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Mary C. Collins, Director of Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Specialty Programs at Valley, recently spoke with Pat Farnack on the WCBS Newsradio 880 Health and Well Being Report about heart health, how the signs and symptoms of a heart attack differ in men and women, and what do to if you think you’re having a heart attack.

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The Valley Hospital’s cancer program has been honored with the prestigious 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons.  

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Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. However, it is highly preventable, detectable and treatable. Through proper colorectal screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether. 

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Valley has partnered with the American Heart Association in its "Little Hats, Big Hearts" campaign to promote infant heart health during the month of February.

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Yoga practitioners have been touting yoga’s psychological and physical benefits for more than 5,000 years. Valley Medical Group's Center for Integrative Medicine recently introduce a free cardiac yoga program for patients with heart disease. 

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A profile of The Valley Hospital’s Cardiac Screening Program, created to raise awareness of the causes, symptoms, and prevalence of heart disease and is designed to help individuals identify their personnel risks for developing cardiovascular disease.

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For the third consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, acknowledging Valley’s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families.

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When it comes to successfully treating atrial fibrillation, collaboration is proving to be more crucial than ever says Suneet Mittal, M.D., Director of Electrophysiology and Medical Director of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation.

 

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Valley Medical Group cardiologists Gerald Sotsky, M.D., and Benita Burke, M.D., discuss risk factors for heart disease, the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and heart-health tips. 

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Do you know how much exercise is best for your heart? Dr. Gerald Sotsky discusses the findings of a new survey by Cleveland Clinic. 

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and doctors such as Gerald Sotsky, M.D., Chair of Cardiac Services for Valley Medical Group, are encouraging people to listen to their hearts.

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Radiation oncologist Dr. Michael Wesson of Valley's Blumenthal Cancer Center, recently spoke with Pat Farnack on the WCBS Newsradio 880 Health and Well Being Report about the benefits of gamma radiosurgery for brain cancer. 

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The Valley Hospital congratulates its 27 affiliated physicians—including 11 members of Valley Medical Group—who are included on Inside Jersey magazine’s list of 2016 Top Doctors For Women’s Health.

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The Jewish Standard profiles Alex Zapolanski, M.D., Director of Cardiac Surgery, The Valley Heart and Vascular Institute 

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Healthy Lifeways: Valley's Center for Pediatric Wellness and Weight Management, provides a comprehensive program of medical and behavioral health care, nutrition services, and family support to help overweight and obese children and teenagers lose weight and improve their health.

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The Valley Hospital is proud to announce that it has earned the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care for the third consecutive year. Valley, which became affiliated with Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute in 2015, is one of only 352 hospitals in the United States to qualify for this evidence-based designation, signifying their commitment to meeting the highest standards in heart care. 

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Valley Medical Group announces an expansion of its pediatric special care services with the addition of psychiatry services for children and adolescents.

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Valley Medical Group’s Center for Integrative Medicine is pleased to announce that it will be offering a series of six-week yoga classes beginning in February. 

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Undergoing weight-loss surgery at Valley was life-changing for three members of the Verona family. 

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Throughout the past 10 years, Jenafer Colapinto struggled with digestive disorders and crushing fatigue. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2013, the 29-year-old product development specialist for Avery Products in Manhattan underwent surgery in 2014 to remove part of her colon and small intestine.

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A federal task force recently released new recommendations about breast cancer but they appear unlikely to have much influence on doctors' practices.

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The Valley Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Bariatric Surgery, recognizing Valley’s commitment to delivering exceptional patient care and treatment to women who undergo bariatric surgery procedures.

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You may have noticed a few changes to the look of our web site, all designed to make your experience even easier. Our new site helps you find the resources you need, learn more about our services and specialties and provides you with an easier way to find a doctor with Valley Medical Group.

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Today’s teens are faced with enormous amounts of stress and, if it is not properly managed, this stress can lead to unhealthy habits and behaviors.

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Treating the whole person, not just symptoms, is the goal of Valley Medical Group’s new Center for Integrative Medicine. Director Jodie Katz focuses on combining all appropriate modalities to promote balance in mind, body and spirit.

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On Monday, November 16, The Valley Hospital welcomed C. Noel Bairey Merz, M.D., FACC, FAHA, as the inaugural speaker for their new Women and Heart Disease lecture series, a part of their Heart Care for Women Program.

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Following the death in September of Former Paramus Fire Chief Sean Benson, Sr., age 50, concerns about a sudden death among someone so young and apparently healthy prompted the Borough Health Department and Volunteer Firefighters to initiate an effort to raise awareness about heart disease, the number one cause of death among men and women.

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Valley Health System is the first hospital system in Bergen County to join the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) #123forEquity Pledge to Act to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. By signing the pledge, Valley has agreed to participate in a 12-month project-based initiative aimed to ensure that they work towards delivering the highest quality of care to every patient to meet the changing needs of their communities.

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The Valley Hospital has been recognized as a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

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Valley Medical Group welcomes board-certified ophthalmologist David M. Benderson, M.D., adding comprehensive medical and surgical eye care as one of Valley Medical Group’s 30 medical and surgical specialties.

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If you are one of the 100 million Americans who experience chronic pain every day, or if you suffer from acute pain caused by an injury or illness, the physicians of the Valley Pain Management Center can offer you options that combine medical expertise with safe, effective integrative therapies.

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The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has once again awarded a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation Gold Level to the Cancer Program at The Valley Hospital.

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Valley employees walked for breast cancer in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The annual event took place on Sunday, October 18, at Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park, NJ.

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Treating the whole person, and not just symptoms, is the goal of Valley Medical Group’s new Center for Integrative Medicine. The Center, located at 1200 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Ridgewood and led by Medical Director Jodie Katz, M.D., focuses on combining conventional Western medicine with complementary therapies to promote balance in mind, body and spirit. As health care evolves, Valley is dedicated to providing services that enhance the health and wellness of its community.

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RIDGEWOOD, NJ, October 20, 2015 — The Valley Hospital has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best™ hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery and one of America’s 50 Best™ hospitals for Vascular Surgery. This is the third consecutive year that Valley’s orthopedic surgery program has been recognized with this distinction.

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The Valley Hospital recently hosted its annual Halloween Reunion Party for children who had been cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This heavily attended annual event reunites parents and children with the physicians and nurses who cared for them.

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The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that it has become the first hospital in New Jersey to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval ® for Perinatal Care. Perinatal care refers to the care of mother and child before, during and shortly after birth.

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Valley Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Brenner, M.D., as the System’s first Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive. Dr. Brenner will officially join Valley this week.

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New Jersey Monthly magazine named 58 doctors from The Valley Hospital’s Medical Staff to its 2015 “Top Doctors” list.

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The Heart Team at The Valley Hospital recently became the first in Bergen, Passaic and Rockland counties to use a cutting edge medical device to repair valve leakage. The MitraClip device is now being used to treat patients with severe symptomatic degenerative mitral valve regurgitation (MR) who are deemed unfit for surgery. The device is being utilized by Valley Medical Group physicians Sean Wilson, M.D., and Howard Goldschmidt, M.D.

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The Valley Hospital is pleased to offer a more accurate and patient-friendly procedure to precisely pinpoint and remove small benign and cancerous breast tumors or abnormal breast tissue.

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has once again recognized The Valley Hospital’s cardiac surgery program with a three-star rating – its highest designation of quality and clinical excellence.  Of note, the program has been awarded a total of three (3) three-star ratings, an extremely rare distinction that puts Valley in the top 1.2 percent of hospitals nationwide.
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Valley Medical Group is proud to announce that the Group’s primary care practices have earned the 2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award.

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Valley Medical Group welcomes Justin Yozawitz, M.D., General and Endocrine Surgeon, to its multispecialty practice. Dr. Yozawitz comes to Valley Medical Group from New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was an assistant attending surgeon, and served as a clinical instructor in surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.  He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery.

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Valley's Director of Cardiac Surgery shares advice to patients on choosing a surgeon for their cardiac bypass procedure.

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Sleepiness and driving is a dangerous combination that can impair driving performance as much or more so than alcohol.

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Valley Health System recently held a breakfast kick off event for the 2015 American Heart Association Bergen/Passaic Heart Walk.
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Congratulations to Valley Medical Group physician Daniel Suffin, D.O., whose manuscript has been accepted and published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM).

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Valley Health System and Brandywine Senior Living at Mahwah are collaborating to bring high-quality medical care, rehabilitation therapy, and wellness services to residents of the new assisted living community located at 814 Wyckoff Avenue.
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Bariatric surgeon Melissa B. Bagloo, M.D., has been appointed Director of the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at The Valley Hospital. 
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Valley Medical Group congratulates its seven physicians who are included on Inside Jersey magazine’s list of 2015 Top Doctors for Cancer Care. 
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The Valley Hospital is pleased to announce that two of its oncologists and a research scientist are helping pave the way to an easier, more accurate, less invasive way to screen for the most common form of lung cancer.  Lung cancer is the most common cancer in men worldwide and the number one cancer killer in the United States.
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False-positive results on screening mammograms can cause anxiety, says Dr. Laura Klein, Medical Director of Valley's Breast Center. The goal at Valley is to be able one day to provide same-day results that include any additional testing.

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Too much screen time can cause sleep problems for adolescents, says Dr. Tracy Carbone, Director of Valley's Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center.

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3D mammography improves the detection of breast cancer at its earliest stages, says Dr. Jaclyn Calem-Grunat, Director of Breast Imaging at Valley.

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Valley Medical Group is pleased to announce that its primary care practices have been recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).  The VMG practices achieved level-3 recognition, the highest level of recognition conferred by the NCQA.

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On her second day on the job, Jennifer Leifer found herself in a private consult room with a surgeon and a patient’s family member, to whom the surgeon had just delivered devastating news. “I had tissues, water and hugs for her,” Leifer recalls of the time.  She also helped the shaken woman make a call.

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Should you seek a second opinion before undergoing treatment or a procedure? Dr. Laura Klein, Director of Valley's Breast Center and a member of Valley Medical Group, discusses the topic with The Record.

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The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates, their families, and physicians and staff walked the runway recently to raise funds to expand the programs and resources in Valley’s NICU.

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Valley Medical Group (VMG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marc Melamed, M.D., as the medical group’s first Chief Medical Officer.   Dr. Melamed will assume his new positon in mid-July.

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Don't ignore chronic heartburn. Untreated, it can lead to a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett's esophagus, Dr. Robert Korst, Medical Director of Valley's Blumenthal Cancer Center, tells The Record.

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For the second consecutive time The Valley Hospital has been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, acknowledging Valley’s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families.

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Valley Medical Group is pleased to announce the opening of Careworks – a brand new walk-in clinic located within the ShopRite of Oakland.  Staffed by a nurse practitioner, this service of Valley Medical Group provides convenient treatment for sore throats, earaches, sinus infections, and urinary tract infections, and offers school, camp and sports physicals, all without an appointment.

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The Valley Hospital Fertility Center recently hosted its annual Baby Jubilee to celebrate the all the babies born since the program’s inception.

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For the seventh consecutive time, The Valley Hospital has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.  The hospital is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital, as it has never received a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012.

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As part of an innovative program aimed at reducing unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital stays, teams comprised of a paramedic, critical care nurse and EMT have begun making house calls on heart patients soon after their discharge from The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ.

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They have been referred to as Open Table for medical appointments.  Apps like ZocDoc and InQuicker make it as easy for patients to schedule visits to the doctor and trips to the emergency room via smartphones and laptops as it is to make online reservations at their favorite restaurants.

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The Valley Hospital announced today that it has achieved two distinctions of quality excellence from Healthgrades – the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™.

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Vascular surgeons at The Valley Hospital are offering a new type of minimally invasive procedure for patients with a complex form of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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Valley Health System has announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic — the nation's No. 1 heart hospital — for cardiac services.

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Valley Health System has announced a cardiac care affiliation with the Cleveland Clinic, ranked No. 1 in heart care for 20 years.

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Valley Health System today announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute.  This affiliation combines the academic, clinical, and research components of the Cleveland Clinic Heart and Vascular Institute with one of the New York/New Jersey area’s leading regional cardiac care providers.  Under the agreement, the systems will share best practices, coordinate care and develop programs to improve quality and patient safety.

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Dr. Noah Goldman, Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Valley, comments in today’s Record newspaper on Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo surgery as a preventive measure against ovarian cancer.

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Rosie Pope and Valley Health System recently hosted a “Sip and Paint” get together at Pinot's Palette in Ridgewood.  
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For the second consecutive year, The Valley Hospital has earned the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment.  Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women according to the American Cancer Society, and one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

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The Marron name was already synonymous with The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

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The Valley Hospital has been selected as the United States Coordinating Center for the PRAETORIAN trial, an international trial designed to compare for the first time the traditional implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) with a newer model that may reduce the risk of complications associated with these otherwise life saving devices.

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Valley has been chosen to be the U.S. coordinator of an international trial that is comparing the effectiveness of the traditional heart defibrillator implant with a newer model that could reduce the risk of complications.

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Valley Medical Group congratulates its 23 affiliated physicians who are included in the recently released 18th edition of Top Doctors: New York Metro Area, which is published annually by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd, a New York City research and information company.

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Valley Medical Group is proud to announce the opening of the Center for Asthma and Immune Lung Diseases, specializing in the evaluation and treatment of asthma, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis and immune deficiency disorders.

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Valley Medical Group (VMG) is pleased to announce it has partnered with ZocDoc to offer real-time appointment scheduling for select physicians through VMG’s website and ZocDoc’s website and app.  The service gives patients a simple, convenient way to book a doctor’s appointment at any time, even when the doctor’s office is closed.

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Mount Sinai Health System and Valley Health System have announced plans to collaborate on clinical programs, research and educational initiatives.

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(DEC. 19 – New York City / Ridgewood, NJ) Mount Sinai Health System and Valley Health System today announced plans to collaborate on clinical programs, research and educational initiatives. New York City-based Mount Sinai comprises seven hospitals and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Valley Health System, headquartered in Ridgewood, New Jersey, includes The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group.

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Mount Sinai Health System and Valley Health System have announced plans to collaborate on clinical programs, research and educational initiatives.

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VMG is pleased to announce that Gail M. Matthews, M.D., has been named Chair of Women’s Services. Dr. Mathews currently serves as the Medical Director of The Valley Hospital’s Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and she will continue in that role.

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When choosing a doctor, does age matter? Valley Medical Group dermatologist Tamar Zapolanksi, M.D., discusses the topic with the Star-Ledger.

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Valley Medical Group's Sean Wilson. M.D., discusses structural heart disease and the treatments available with the Star-Ledger.

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Thomas Rakowski, M,D., Director of the Division of Hematology-Medical Oncology, Valley Medical Group, explains why it can sometimes take so long to get medical test results.

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Board-certified family physician Frank Pagano, D.O., who has cared for patients of all ages in northern New Jersey for almost 30 years, has joined Valley Medical Group (VMG).  VMG is a multispecialty group practice of Valley Health System that represents more than 30 medical and surgical specialties.  Dr. Pagano, who resides in Ringwood, has been a member of the medical staff of The Valley Hospital since 1987.  

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Jean Flanagan has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Valley Medical Group.
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Valley has enhanced its nationally recognized cardiac services with the introduction of a “heart team approach” to caring for patients with structural heart disease, led by Sean R. Wilson, M.D., a cardiac structural interventionalist who recently joined Valley Medical Group.  He is one of a select group of such specialists practicing in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area.

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Jean Flanagan, a resident of Emerson, NJ, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Valley Medical Group (VMG).

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The Valley Hospital recently hosted its annual Halloween Reunion Party for children who had been cared for in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  This heavily attended annual event reunites parents and children with the physicians and nurses who cared for them.

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A primer on diabetes from Valley Medical Group pediatric endocrinologist Paul Pelavin, M.D.

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Valley Health System’s Spirit of Women program recently hosted its third annual “Girls’ Night Out” event at Seasons in Washington Township.  The sold-out event, which was held on Thursday, October 23, included presentations from Valley physicians, a buffet dinner, and an array of door prizes. Girls Night Out combines health education with food, activities and treats.

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Valley Health System welcomes Maryann Kepple, M.B.A., FHFMA, to Valley Medical Group, where she serves as Chief Financial Officer.
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Valley Medical Group is pleased to welcome medical oncologist/hematologist Yoomi Lee, M.D., M.S., who focuses on the treatment and research of gastrointestinal cancers, including cancers of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, liver, bile ducts, small intestine, and colon/rectum. 

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Valley Medical Group congratulates its 22 affiliated physicians who are included on Inside Jersey magazine’s list of 2014 Top Doctors.

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Laura Klein, M.D., Medical Director of The Valley Hospital Breast Center, discussed the importance of regular breast cancer screening with The Star-Ledger.

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There are steps you can take to reduce your risk for breast cancer.
 

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The Valley Hospital is proud to announce the opening of The Center for Advanced Gastrointestinal GI Diseases for the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant tumors and other conditions of the GI system, including those affecting the pancreas, liver and bile ducts (hepatobiliary), stomach, esophagus, small intestine, colon/rectum, and appendix. 

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Valley Health System welcomes Amit Singh Tibb, M.D., FCCP, to the staff of Valley Medical Group, where he serves as Chief Quality Officer.  He will also be providing clinical services at The Valley Hospital and Valley Medical Group. 

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The “Scramble Fore the NICU” golf outing is an annual event that allows parents of children who were born prematurely and were treated by the doctors and nurses of the Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Ridgewood to express their gratitude for the outstanding level of care they received and help the Valley NICU continue to maintain its high standard of care.  The 2014 outing was held on September 8th at Black Bear Golf Club in Franklin, NJ.

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When it comes to choosing a pediatrician for your special needs child, take the time to make the right decision.

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Melanoma Symposium

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If you are trying to lose weight and eat a heart-healthy diet is it better to but back on fat or carbs? The answer may be more complex, as cardiologist Benita Burke, M.D., Medical Director of Valley Medical Group's Heart Care for Women, explains in today's Record. 
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Robert Korst, M.D., Medical Director of Valley's Hyperhidrosis Center recently, spoke to the Star-Ledger about the treatments available for excessive sweating.

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Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist Diana Volpert, M.D., F.A.A.P., has joined Valley Medical Group, leading to a further expansion of pediatric specialty services at The Valley Hospital for children ages birth to 21.  Dr. Volpert joins pediatric gastroenterologist Katherine A. Orellana, D.O., in practice at 470 North Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey.

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Thomas Rakowski, M.D., Director of Hematology/Oncology for Valley Medical Group, recently spoke with The Record about the state of cancer care and the advice he gives to patients.

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Kim Fallon, MD, of Valley Medical Group has been recognized by the Township of River Vale.
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Valley Medical Group is offering three great incentives to schedule your mammogram at the Breast Health Center in Glen Rock.

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Board-certified internist Frances Anerousis, M.D., has joined Valley Medical Group’s Primary/Urgent Care Center in Wayne.  The center is located at 759 Hamburg Turnpike, in the Ramapo Plaza across from Office Depot. 

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Surgeons from Valley Medical Group, an entity of Valley Health System, recently had an opportunity to get acquainted with Google Glass, the wearable technology that is seeing application at hospitals across the country.

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The Valley Hospital is among the top 15 hospitals in the country for heart surgery according to Consumer Reports hospital ratings released earlier this month.  The hospital ratings are included in the August 2014 issue of Consumer Reports.

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Valley thanks the many employees, doctors, family members, volunteers and former patients who participated in a number of events during the weekend of June 7!

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Iris Kopeloff, M.D., Co-Director of The Valley Hospital’s Melanoma and Skin Cancer Center

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Valley Medical Group welcomes Assia Bromberg, M.D., who specializes in pulmonary medicine, critical care, and internal medicine. Dr. Bromberg sees patients at 19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn. She has been on the medical staff of The Valley Hospital since 1992. 

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Board-certified family practitioner Marciano T. Figueroa, Jr., M.D., who is also fellowship-trained in geriatrics, has joined Valley Medical Group’s Primary/Urgent Care Center in Montvale. Dr. Figueroa has been a member of Valley Medical Group for two years and will now be in practice full-time at the center, which is located at 85 Chestnut Ridge Road.

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Valley Medical Group welcomes Henry Velez, M.D., an internist and pulmonary care specialist, who has devoted years of his medical practice to caring for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and industrial laborers exposed to toxins in the workplace. Since 1985, Dr. Velez has been in practice at 19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn, and is a member of The Valley Hospital medical staff.

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Valley Medical Group welcomes Henry Velez, M.D., an internist and pulmonary care specialist, who has devoted years of his medical practice to caring for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and industrial laborers exposed to toxins in the workplace. Since 1985, Dr. Velez has been in practice at 19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn, and he has been a member of The Valley Hospital medical staff.
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Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist Katherine A. Orellana, D.O., has joined Valley Medical Group, leading to an expansion of pediatric specialty services at The Valley Hospital for children ages birth to 21.
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Board-certified family practitioner Marciano T. Figueroa, Jr., M.D., who is also fellowship-trained in geriatrics, has joined Valley Medical Group’s Primary/Urgent Care Center in Montvale. Dr. Figueroa has been a member of Valley Medical Group for two years and will now be in practice full-time at the center, which is located at 85 Chestnut Ridge Road.
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Valley Medical Group welcomes Assia Bromberg, M.D., who specializes in pulmonary medicine, critical care, and internal medicine. Dr. Bromberg sees patients at 19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue in Fair Lawn. She has been on the medical staff of The Valley Hospital since 1992.
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Just as he has for the past 61 years, Marvin Wisch, D.O., walks down one flight of stairs in his Fair Lawn home each morning to reach his medical office on the first floor. There, alongside staff he has worked with for several decades, the 91-year-old family physician and geriatrician cares for the health care needs of three generations of children and adults.
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