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Published by Jefferson Health New Jersey, 2017-01-06 14:11:02



Winter 2017

Women’s & Children’s Wellness Cancer Programs Senior Programs
Programs p. 5
pp. 6-7 pp. 12-13 pp. 14-15

Patient Spotlight

Harriet Peprah has much to be thankful for as the new year begins

The quality of follow-up care through
Kennedy Home Care, also impressed
Peprah. Thanks to a visiting nurse,
Peprah discovered her blood pressure
was still elevated, and her doctor
adjusted her medication, accordingly.

“I’m so glad they came,” she says.
“I would have been sitting at home
and wouldn’t have known the pressure
was so high. I’m so glad they followed
up to make sure everything was okay.”

Mrs. Peprah spoke with her family by her side at a Kennedy Health Neuro Conference. She also received a complete
Thanksgiving dinner from the Home
In late September, the Blackwood Her husband, James, echoes his Care staff, down to the paper towels
resident collapsed without warning wife’s sentiments: “Kennedy treated needed for cleanup. (Peprah planned
while doing her weekly food us like family.” to share the bounty with her extended
shopping. “I felt a severe headache, According to Dr. Zarzour, the first family, who live in Newark.)
then I couldn’t feel my whole body,” two weeks after surgery are critical Although Peprah has not yet received
Peprah recalls. for patients in Peprah’s circumstances, clearance to drive and still must
Peprah was rushed by ambulance due to the risk of re-bleeding. Peprah manage some pain, she “feels like
to Kennedy University Hospital – faced multiple challenges, including I have come a long way. I’m very
Stratford with dangerously high blood severe nerve pain in her mid-section grateful.”
pressure. She was then transferred that cropped up a few days after her As a devout member of the Church
to Kennedy – Washington Township, surgery. Happily, she didn’t have to of the Pentecost in Blackwood, Peprah
where doctors diagnosed a subarachnoid cope with the temporary loss of views her treatment at Kennedy as
hemorrhage from a ruptured cerebral her hair, as Dr. Zarzour repaired the something preordained. “I believe that
artery aneurysm. aneurysm using a new procedure God brought us to Dr. Zarzour and
That same night, the married mother of through the groin that did not require Kennedy Hospital,” she says. “They
three children underwent a nine-hour her head to be shaved. are angels in disguise. God brought
procedure to repair the aneurysm at The original treatment plan called me to a good place.”
the Kennedy Neuroscience Center – a for Peprah, who was hospitalized for “I don’t think I would be here if I wasn’t
member of the Jefferson Neuroscience several weeks, to go to an inpatient taken to Kennedy,” Peprah adds.
Network – at Kennedy University rehab after being discharged. Instead, - Robert DiGiacomo
Hospital in Washington Township. she was able to return home to
Neurosurgeon Hekmat Zarzour led continue her recovery.
the effort, assisted by a six-member
neurosurgery team. Dr. Zarzour is a
neurosurgeon at both Kennedy and
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Today, Peprah, who is a certified home
health aide, is well on her way to a
complete recovery. She is especially
pleased with the overall care she
received at Kennedy’s Neuroscience ICU.

“I was treated with respect and
dignity by everyone,” Peprah says.

Harriet Peprah at her follow-up appointment
with Neurosurgeon Hekmat Zarzour, MD.

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The Center for Surgical Weight Loss

Kennedy University Hospital offers informational seminars on Bariatric Support Group
bariatric (weight loss) surgery. With a better understanding of
the different surgical weight loss options, prospective bariatric Offers support and information to pre- and post-operative bariatric
patients will feel more at ease and confident to begin a new patients.
and healthier chapter in their lives. When: 2nd Tuesday
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Bariatric Weight Loss Seminars Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford
18 E. Laurel Road
Attend a FREE seminar on adjustable gastric banding, 3rd Floor Room L

laparoscopic sleeve, laparoscopic gastric bypass When: 4th Tuesday of January & March
and revisional surgery. To register, please visit Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is required. Place: Kennedy Health & Wellness Center (Healthtrax)

Dr. Louis Balsama, Bariatric Surgery 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 201
Christine Arroliga, RN, CDE, SMC Washington Twp.

Certified Bariatric Nurse When: 4th Tuesday of February
Surgical Specialists of NJ Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Place: Kennedy University Hospital - Washington Twp.
When: 1st Thursday
Time: 6:30 p.m. 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Washington Twp. 3rd Floor Classroom
                435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
1st Floor Classroom Registration required. Visit or call
When: 3rd Monday
Time: 6:30 p.m. FREE Bariatric Fitness Classes
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford
18 E. Laurel Road (for bariatric patients post-surgery)
3rd Floor Room L Class begins with a cardiovascular evaluation, then fat-burning
dynamic stretching, body-weight exercises and circuit-style training.
Bring water, mat and towel.
When:  Wednesdays, January 4 – March 29
Dr. Marc Neff, Bariatric Surgery (No class 2/1 & 2/22)
Dr. Adam Goldstein, Bariatric Surgery Time: 6:30 p.m.
Dr. Adeshola Fakulujo, Bariatric Surgery Instructor: Beth Marks, AAAI
Kennedy Health Alliance - Surgery Advanced Personal Trainer
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford
When: January 9, February 13, March 13 18 E. Laurel Road
Time: 7 p.m. 3rd Floor Room L
Place: Cherry Hill Public Library Register by calling 856/346-6470.
1100 Kings Highway North
FREE Chair/Gentle Yoga for Bariatric
When: January 7 Patients
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford Bring water, yoga mat and towel.
                18 E. Laurel Road When:      Mondays, January 9 - March 27
1st Floor Administrative Conference Room (No class 1/16 & 2/20)
Time:  6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
When: January 12, March 9 Instructor: Cindy Sporer
Time: 7 p.m. Place: Kennedy Health & Wellness Center (Healthtrax)
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – Washington Twp. 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 201
                435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road Washington Twp.
Register by calling 856/346-6470.
1st Floor Classroom

When: January 11, February 8, March 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Place: The Mansion
3000 Main Street



Meal Kit Delivery Services: Convenient and Healthy
Stephanie Biggs, RD, LDN

In the hustle and with the ability to cancel or skip meals A home delivery meal service may be
bustle of everyday life, anytime to better fit your schedule.
preparing a home-cooked a good a fit for you or your family if
meal isn’t always easy. Fast-food restau- Easy Assembly: If you are new to
rants have long offered the convenience cooking or not quite comfortable in busy schedules are interfering with
of a quick meal, however, these meals the kitchen, each meal comes with
are often highly processed and loaded easy step-by-step directions, as well as family mealtime. For even more
with excess calories, sodium, and additional cooking and preparation
unhealthy fats. tips and techniques to help guide you. personalized guidance on cooking

Meal delivery kits are a new trend Fresh, Local Ingredients: Ingredients and strategizing healthy meals and
helping to reinvent dinner in America. are simple, and usually sourced from
The convenient service helps take local vendors. Produce included in snacks to fit your schedule, consider
the guesswork out of what to make kits is farm-fresh and seasonal. Most meeting with a Registered Dietitian
for dinner. Fresh, locally prepared companies use only meat and poultry at Kennedy Health’s Nutrition Wellness
ingredients are delivered right to your free from any added hormones and Center. To schedule an appointment,
doorstep to create an easy and unique sustainably sourced seafood. call 844/309-7708.
chef-designed recipe the whole family
can enjoy. Blue Apron is one of the Nutrition: Many companies prioritize
several popular meal kit delivery offering healthy meals, but the nutrition
services available. Others include quality varies among the numerous
Plated, HelloFresh, Home Chef, selections offered. Most provide a
Peach Dish, and Sunbasket. nutritional breakdown of each meal,
which lists calories, fats, carbohydrates,
Benefits of Meal Kit Delivery Services sodium, protein and fiber content.
Convenience: All ingredients are Sodium levels may run high in some
shipped to your doorstep, helping to meals, so those following a low-salt
eliminate extra trips to the grocery diet should take caution. Vegetarian,
store. Most meals can be prepared in vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and
30 minutes or less, saving you time. paleo meal options are available for
Subscriptions are typically flexible, those adhering to any specific diet.

Subscribe to our The Kennedy Health Care Foundation –
FREE E-Newsletter! Giving Back to Our Patients and the Community

Each month, Kennedy HealthView The Kennedy Health Care Foundation provides resources to support various projects,
e-News keeps you up-to-date with programs and services that meet the growing and changing needs of Kennedy Health
community news, hospital events and the entire South Jersey community. Below are a few examples of the ways the
and programs, fitness tips and Kennedy Health Care Foundation helped care for our community in 2016:
healthy recipes.
• Nursing scholarships for Kennedy nurses to further their education
To sign up, visit • Vital new equipment for Kennedy’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
• Comfort carts to help soothe children in the Kennedy Behavioral Health Unit

• Sleep Sacks for the Safe Sleep Program to prevent infants from suffocating

• Sweatshirts to keep Kennedy dialysis patients comfortable and warm
during treatment

• Transportation for patients with cancer so they can get the treatment they
need at Kennedy’s Hope & Healing Center

To learn more about the Kennedy Health Care Foundation, please call
(856) 566-5309 or visit

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Programs for Women & Children

To find out more information and to register for Kennedy’s Women’s and Children’s
classes, visit or call 856/582-3098.

Unless otherwise indicated, all classes and support groups are held in the
Kennedy Health & Wellness Center, 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 201,
in Washington Township.

Childbirth and Breastfeeding Classes are FREE for expectant
parents delivering at Kennedy.

Parent Prep Breastfeeding
Education & Support
Childbirth Courses
Breastfeeding Classes
Designed for expectant parents around
their sixth month of pregnancy. Please bring Learn about breastfeeding, proper
bottled water, two pillows, a blanket and positioning, how to tell your baby is
your labor coach to class (fee). getting enough breast milk, and avoiding
common challenges. Support person is
Weeknight and Weekend Childbirth encouraged to attend.
Education Courses When: Saturday, February 18
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
When: Wednesdays, starting February 1
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.

When: Saturdays, starting January 21 or Breastfeeding Support Group Life Support Education
March 18
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. For breastfeeding moms: Weigh your baby You can become a lifesaver with
before and after feeding on our electronic Kennedy’s Life Support Education
Participants attend class the same day each baby scale to measure exactly how much Services! Each year, more than 5,000
week for four consecutive weeks. your baby has eaten! Receive breastfeeding South Jersey residents attend our
support and advice from an International classes, which are open to anyone
The Big Day! Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. age 9 and older.
When: Every Thursday (except holidays)
Maternity Tours Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m. We offer education and training for
the community, as well as public
Complimentary tours of the Maternity For Teens & Tweens safety personnel, including police,
Center at the Washington Township fire, EMS and communications.
hospital. Babysitting Certification Our courses include:
When: Sundays – January 8, February 5 Course • CPR Courses
& March 5 • First Aid
Prepares young people ages 11 and • ACLS
Mondays – January 23, older. Attendance at both sessions is • PALS
February 27 & March 20 mandatory (fee).* • ENPC
Time: Sunday tours 6 p.m. When: Saturdays, January 7 & 14
Monday tours 7 p.m. February 4 & 11, & March 4 & 11 To register, please visit
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Share. Support. Learn. *We can accommodate groups of For questions regarding CPR and
15 or more at your site. First Aid, call 856/488-6889. For
Offers encouragement and reassurance to questions regarding ACLS/PALS/
moms, as well as a time to focus on post- Private Breastfeeding ENPC/TNCC, call 856/346-7669.
partum wellness. Complimentary group is Consultations Available
professionally facilitated. Babies welcome!
When: Every Thursday (except holidays) One-to-one consultations for more
(No Fee) involved challenges are available
Time: Noon - 1 p.m. with an International Board-
Certified Lactation Consultant.
By appointment only (fee).


Wellness Programs

Registration is necessary. To register, visit or call 800/547-9007, select option #3.

Could It Be Your Thyroid? Learn to Manage Stress – Pregnancy, Childbirth
Don’t Let it Manage You and Beyond
What are thyroid problems? Problems
Stress is something we all encounter. Join us for an interactive session with a panel
with the thyroid include overactive thyroid, Not all stress is bad, but chronic stress of Kennedy Health experts for advice and
can impact our overall health. Join us and support on pregnancy, childbirth, emotional
or hyperthyroidism, and underactive thyroid learn to identify practical, effective tools well-being, and caring for your newborn.
to reduce and manage stress. When: Tuesday, March 14
or hypothyroidism. Join us to learn about When: Thursday, February 16 Time: 6:30 p.m.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Speakers: Kenneth Covone, DO, FACOOG
the causes, diagnosis and treatment of Speaker: Juan Escobedo Medical Director
Mental Health Technician Kennedy OB/GYN Associates
thyroid disorders. Kennedy Behavioral Health
When: Tuesday, January 24 Services Suheil Guzman, CNM, APN-C, RNFA
Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Gloucester County Library –
Speaker: Dr. Gregory Barone Mullica Hill Branch Nurse Midwife
389 Wolfert Station Road Kennedy OB/GYN Associates
Solutions for Sciatica Xiomara Penn-Becoat, MD
Kennedy Health Alliance Pediatrician
Place: Cherry Hill Public Library Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) Kennedy Family Health Services
spine to your buttock and down the back of
1100 Kings Highway North your leg is the hallmark of sciatica. Dr. Young Sue Murphy, MA, BSN, RNC-OB, LPC
will discuss symptoms, causes, risk factors, Program Coordinator
Get Relief from Sinus complications and how to treat sciatica. Postpartum Wellness Initiative/
Problems When: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Southern NJ Perinatal Cooperative
The inflammation of the sinuses is one of Speaker: Dr. George Young Place: Kennedy Health & Wellness
Pain Management Center (Healthtrax)
the most common problems doctors treat. Rothman Institute 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Place: Kennedy Center at Voorhees Suite 201, Washington Twp.
Do you suffer from severe sinus infections 1099 White Horse Road
Cooking with Your Kids –
with painful symptoms of nasal congestion, Live Online Chats Yummy Munchies
with the Experts
facial pressure, and headaches? Join us and In this fun family class, discover delicious and
To participate, visit easy-to-prepare treats you and your child can
learn about the causes and treatments for make together. For children ages 8 - 12. Please
note: This is NOT a drop-off class. One parent is
sinus pressure. Sleep More Soundly required to participate. Space is limited to 10
When: Tuesday, January 31 children. Registration is required.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Trouble sleeping? Talk to sleep When: Wednesday, March 22
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Becker expert, Dr. Roszkowski, about how Time: 6:30 p.m.
to get a good night’s sleep. Instructor: Alyssa Luning, RDN
Otolaryngologist Tuesday, January 17, from 6 - 7 p.m. Kennedy Health Alliance
Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Roszkowski Place: Kennedy Health & Wellness
Becker ENT Kennedy Health Center (Healthtrax)
Place: Vogelson Library, Voorhees 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Eating Smart for a Suite 201, Washington Twp.
203 Laurel Road, 3rd Floor Healthy Heart

The Art of Writing - The Power February is American Heart Month.
of Positive Affirmations Why not ask our Registered
Dietitian about how to make lasting,
This workshop focuses on the art of writing effective changes in your diet.
Thursday, February 16, from 6 - 7 p.m.
affirmations. Participants will first learn what Speaker: Melissa Wadolowski, RD
Kennedy Health
positive affirmations are, and how they are

different from and similar to prayer. How

do we turn an affirming statement into

a self-fulfilling prophesy? This workshop

guides participants to do just that. We will

select what to focus on, and then fine-tune

language so that our affirmations overwrite

any limiting beliefs. We will experience

firsthand how affirmations resonate inside

us, as well as creative ways to use them in

our daily world.

When: Tuesday, February 7

Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Fee: $15

Instructor: Therése Halscheid

Place: Kennedy University Hospital

– Cherry Hill

2201 Chapel Avenue


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Mind, Body & Spirit Series

Join us for a 3-week course on incorporating
meditation into your life or expanding
your present practice. Learn strategies
for calming the body and mind, as well
as simple, but effective, meditation
techniques. The benefits are many,
including improved concentration, health,
relationships and personal connection.
Learn to enjoy life more!

Mindfulness & The Art of
Eating Chocolate

How do we survive the winter blues? A
little self-care and fun! Let’s explore mindful
eating and other fun ways to take care of
yourself during these winter months.

Movement & Meditation Creating Your Own Zen Sand Garden When: Wednesdays

Bringing stretches, yoga poses and mindful Let’s bring the outdoors in! During this class, February 8, 15 & 22
movement into your meditation practice is you will create your own Zen Sand Garden
a way to enhance your experience. Come to take home. We will explore ways to use Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.
and explore different ways to gently this indoor garden and other self-care
bring meditation into action. Please wear treatments to help manage your stress and Fee: $45 for 3-week series or
comfortable clothes and bring a mat or make your life more peaceful, especially
towel. Beginners welcome. during the winter months. $15 per class

Speaker: Jen Cooley Fleisher, BS

Mind/Body/Spirit Consultant

Place: Kennedy Center at Voorhees

1099 White Horse Road

Ask the Physician

Tamara A. LaCouture, MD

Medical Director for Radiation Oncology
Kennedy Cancer Center

Does radiation make a No. Thankfully, radiation effects are limited only to the treated area,
patient sick or cause and generally involve a mild to moderate “sunburn-like” skin reaction
hair loss? and some tiredness.

Does radiation damage The risk of radiation damage to the heart or lungs is extremely low. At
the heart or lungs? Kennedy, we use the most technologically advanced treatment machines.
combined with a customized radiation treatment plan for each patient.
When a patient receives This allows us to significantly reduce the amount of radiation exposure to
radiation, is he or she a patient’s heart and lungs.
radioactive? How long
does radiation stay in Patients receiving breast radiation therapy are not radioactive, meaning
the body? there is no danger to loved ones or children. Radiation delivered to the
breast/chest does not “stay in the body.” Radiation is only present when
a patient is receiving treatment. What does stay in the body is the
damage radiation does to any cells being treated, while normal body
cells repair from the radiation effects.

For more information about the Kennedy Cancer Center, visit or call 856/582-3008.


Fitness & Dance Classes

Basic Yoga

A mixed level yoga experience starting with

the basics for new students, yet providing a

challenge for advanced students. Bring a

yoga mat.

When: Wednesday, January 25

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks

Instructor: Sherri Horner

Place: Health & Wellness Center

Work It Out

A complete workout. This sculpting class is

designed for all levels. Work at your own pace.

Bring a mat and weights (1 to 5 lbs.).

When: Thursday, February 2

Time: 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.

Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks

Instructor: Susan Leblang

Fitness Resistance Training Place: Kennedy – Washington Twp.

Please bring a towel and water. Some Improve core balance, lose inches and 20/20/20
classes require mats and weights. tone your entire body in this complete
workout. Bring a mat and weights (3 to Three workouts in one! 20 minutes of
20/20/20 5 lbs.). Stability balls and bands provided.
When: Thursday, January 19 cardio, 20 minutes of strength training,
Three workouts in one! 20 minutes of Time: 7:15 - 8:15 p.m.
Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks and 20 minutes of stretching and core work.
cardio, 20 minutes of sculpting, and 20 Instructor: Elise Penkala
Place: Cherry Hill Bring a mat and weights (1 to 5 lbs.).
minutes of stretching. Bring a mat and When: Thursday, February 2
Yoga for Weight Loss Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
weights (3 to 5 lbs.). Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks
This class uses principles of Yoga, along Instructor: Susan Leblang
When: Thursday, January 19 with specific postures, to help promote Place: Kennedy – Washington Twp.
balance of the body and mind and build
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. confidence. The asanas (postures) promote
healthy digestion and release toxins.
Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks Bring a yoga mat. Dance
When: Monday, January 23
Instructor: Elise Penkala Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks
Place: Cherry Hill Instructor: Melanie Linton All dance classes held in Westville.
Place: Health & Wellness Center
Zumba® – For All Ages Hustle/Disco

This Latin-inspired, interval aerobic, Flashback to the disco of the ‘70s: “Saturday

dance-fitness class incorporates Night Fever,” and the “Hustle.” Join us for great

international music with fast and slow music, fun and exercise. Partners

rhythms that are easy to follow. NOT necessary. No sneakers please.

When: Thursday, January 19 When: Tuesday, January 24

Time: 7 - 8 p.m. Time: 7 - 8 p.m.

Fee: $50 per person for 8 weeks Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks

Instructor: Carla Maggio Popular Line Dances
for Beginners
Place: Westville

Learn the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, The Bee

Looking to stay in shape? Kennedy offers a wide Gees and more popular line dances. Partners
variety of fitness and dance classes. To register, visit or call 800/547-9007. NOT necessary. No sneakers please.
When: Wednesday, January 25

Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
Fee: $75 per person (adult) for 8 weeks

$60 per teen (age 13 - 17)

Kennedy University Kennedy University Kennedy Health & Wellness Kennedy University Westville Square
Hospital – Stratford Hospital – Washington Twp. Center (Healthtrax) Hospital – Cherry Hill Dances by Diane
201 Broadway
18 E. Laurel Road 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road 2201 Chapel Avenue West Westville

Schwartz Room 3rd Floor Classroom Suite 201, Washington Twp. Auditorium

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Healthy Lifestyle Coaching FREE Diabetes SGURPOPUOPRST
for Mind, Body, Fitness – Healthy Living
Education to Get Your Mind Program For information about all Kennedy
to Move Your Body! support groups, please call
Learn how to live a healthy life as a 800/547-9007 or visit
This group coaching discussion series diabetic. Each session includes education
looks at food, health & fitness methods. about diabetes, activities – such as art and-volunteers
We offer strategies to overcome obstacles and recipe planning – and an exercise
that may hold us back from a healthy component. Call 856/346-7193 or Bereavement Support Group
weight or lifestyle. In class, we openly dis- email [email protected]
cuss topics and life challenges each week. Healing in a caring environment.
Accountability with your coach includes to register. When: 4th Tuesday
weekly weigh-ins, before/after assessment Time: 6:30 p.m.
and daily accountability to our Facebook When: 1st and 3rd Fridays in Place: Kennedy University Hospital –
room. Class limited to 10 participants. January, February & March Washington Twp.
When: Wednesday, January 25 Time: 12:30 - 3 p.m. 435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Time: 7 - 8 p.m. Place: 1st Friday 1st Floor Classroom
Fee: $75 per person for 8 weeks Kennedy University Hospital –
Instructor: Kelly Valente Stratford Chronic Pain Support Group
Place: Kennedy – Stratford 18 E. Laurel Road
3rd Floor Room L Connect with others; learn new skills and
3rd Friday strategies to cope with pain in a safe,
Kennedy Health & Wellness Center intimate and supportive environment.
(Healthtrax) When: 2nd Friday
405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Suite 201, Washington Twp. Place: Voorhees Senior Living
501 Laurel Oak Road

Diabetes Support Group

Improve coping skills, enhance self-
image and learn new problem-solving
When: 4th Monday (except holidays)
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Place: Kennedy University Hospital –
18 E. Laurel Road
Private Dining Room

Kennedy’s Diabetes Health Center Red Cross
Comprehensive Classes (3-week classes) Blood Drives

Cherry Hill: Thursdays, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Kennedy University Hospital
Jan. 5, Feb. 2 & March 2 – Washington Township
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Stratford: Tuesdays, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 2
Jan. 17, Feb. 14 & March 14
Kennedy University Hospital
Fridays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Cherry Hill
Jan. 13, Feb. 10 & March 10 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7
Washington Township: Mondays, 5:30 - 8 p.m.
Jan. 9, Feb. 6 & March 6 Kennedy University Hospital
– Stratford
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Jan. 4, Feb. 1 & March 1 Friday, March 31

Call to register: 866/224-0264 9

Recent Clinical Accolades

Top 3% Nationwide Only U.S. Hospital 5 Times in a Row

The Leapfrog Group recently Kennedy Health was honored by Kennedy University Hospital’s three
the National Sepsis Alliance as locations have again each been
announced that Kennedy University a “Sepsis Hero” for 2016 – the honored with an “A” grade in the
only hospital in the U.S. to be so Fall 2016 Hospital Safety Grade,
Hospital – Stratford has been named honored. Kennedy was one of five which rates how well U.S. hospitals
a 2016 Top Hospital. This marks the honorees at the Sepsis Heroes Gala, protect patients from preventable
held in New York City in September medical errors, injuries and infections.
first time one of Kennedy Health’s 2016. Recognized for its extensive A recent announcement by
Sepsis Program, Kennedy’s sepsis independent hospital watchdog The
three hospitals has been named mortality rates of less than 10 Leapfrog Group showed Kennedy
to this list, widely acknowledged percent are below both state and among only 844 U.S. hospitals to
as one of the most prestigious national average mortality rates. receive an “A” rating, ranking among
distinctions a U.S. hospital can the safest hospitals in the nation.
receive. The Leapfrog Top Hospital This marks the fifth consecutive
time Kennedy’s hospitals have each
designation showcases Kennedy’s earned an “A” rating in the Leapfrog
commitment to patient safety safety report.
and quality. Kennedy – Stratford
was honored in the Top General
Hospital category, less than 3% of
hospitals nationwide receive this

Kennedy Health Alliance announces the opening of two new primary care office locations:

Glassboro Primary Care & Occupational Medicine Point Plaza Family Practice
601 N. Main Street, Glassboro, NJ 08028 565 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell, NJ 08080
Providers: Providers:
Arthur Schultes, DO Pinal Patel, PA-C Michael Attanasio, DO Mark Testa, DO
Steven Meskin, MD Courtney Turk, PA-C Joseph Badolato, DO Doug Carey, APN-C

For an appointment at either location, call 844/542-2273.

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Patient Spotlight

Sicklerville mom of three, Alpharetta Calderon, is now cancer-free

When Alpharetta by Radiation Oncologist Dr. Tamara Calderon has felt completely in the loop.
Calderon, 58, found LaCouture. She said the reality wasn’t “Dr. Tsangaris called to tell me the
out she had breast nearly as stressful as she feared, thanks lump was cancerous,” Calderon says.
cancer, she was in large part to her caregivers at “He explained the process and what he
stunned, but deter- Kennedy. She also didn’t have to take planned to do. He was very informative.
mined to survive. pain medication after her surgery, and He asked me questions about how I felt
experienced minimal side effects from about it and whether I was satisfied. He
“I was knocked off my Alpharetta Calderon the radiation. always asked me if I had any questions.”
feet,” the Sicklerville “They said it wouldn’t be painful, but
resident says. “It took in my mind I thought pain, pain, pain,” According to Dr. Tsangaris, it’s critical
me a while to even Calderon says. “I experienced minor to keep communicating with patients
swallow the fact that pain, but it wasn’t to the point where because breast cancer varies so much
I had cancer.” I couldn’t handle it.” among individuals. A wealth of general
During her treatment, Kennedy’s team information available online and from
However, the mother of three guided her through every step, from other sources also can confuse patients.
daughters didn’t let her sense of diagnosis through treatment.
shock delay her treatment. Kennedy’s The use of 3D mammography helped Dr. Theodore
Oncology Navigator RN worked with Dr. Tsangaris pinpoint the location of Tsangaris
Calderon to set up her appointments. the tumor, which turned out to be small Breast Surgeon,
Soon after her diagnosis in June, she enough that he didn’t have to remove Medical Director
underwent a lumpectomy at the lymph nodes. of the Kennedy
Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center “3D mammography is almost like Comprehensive
at Kennedy University Hospital in getting a CAT scan of the breast,” he Breast Center
Washington Township. Kennedy explains. “It captures multiple slices
Health is a member of the Sidney of the breast, and creates more images “It’s important to make sure they
Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. than a regular screening mammogram. know what they have and what their
If you had a woman with an especially expectations are throughout the
“She’s somebody who had no breast dense breast, the traditional process,” says Dr. Tsangaris, who is
cancer in her family and no real risk mammogram could miss something. also surgical director of Jefferson’s
factors, but she did the best thing for The 3D neutralizes that effect and Breast Health Center. “Otherwise, they
herself by getting a routine mammo- makes mammography a more may get information from different
gram,” says Dr. Theodore N. Tsangaris, sensitive study.” sources and the interpretation may
the facility’s medical director. From the time of her diagnosis through not be correct.”
her surgery and follow-up treatments,
Calderon, who has a 14-year-old at Throughout the entire time, Kennedy’s
home, is relieved to have success- staff at Washington Township supported
fully come through the surgery and Calderon, too.
post-operative radiation treatments

“They walked me through everything,
even the places I had to go,” she says.
“I would get lost, because I was so
overwhelmed. There was always some-
one to guide me to where I was going.”

Having come through this stage of her
treatment, Calderon feels good about
her overall health and her experience
at Kennedy.

“I feel optimistic about everything,” she
says. “My doctors were really, really nice.
They discussed everything with me and
made me feel really, really comfortable.”

Alpharetta stops by the Kennedy Cancer Center to visit Radiation Oncologist Dr. Tamara LaCouture – Robert DiGiacomo
six weeks after finishing her radiation treatments. Photo: Louis Anthony.


Center for Hope & Healing Free cancer education
and support programs
900 Medical Center Drive • Suite 207 • Washington Twp.
for cancer patients.
All of the classes are held in the Hope & Healing Room, Suite 207, unless otherwise indicated. For all Hope &

Healing class registrations,
please register at

HOPE (Helping Oncology Chair Yoga The Hope & Healing
Patients Exercise) Stitchers
For the person who finds it difficult to
Open to adult cancer patients of all ages Join fellow community knitters and/
and fitness levels. participate in a traditional yoga class, due or crocheters on an ongoing basis.
When: Mondays Share and learn new skills, while
Time: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. to physical limitations or joint issues, all working on community projects that
benefit Kennedy Cancer Center patients
When: Fridays poses are performed seated or standing, and their families. Please bring your
Time: 10 - 11 a.m. own supplies and materials. NOTE:
Instructor: Cindy Sporer, ACSM CPT, CES, using a chair as support.
Yoga Fit When: Wednesdays These sessions are non-instructional.
Time: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. When: Tuesdays
Well-Being Yoga Classes Time: 10 a.m. - Noon
When: Fridays
Yoga – which increases flexibility, range The Healing Touch
of motion and strength – may bring Time: 11 a.m. - Noon of Reiki Therapy
additional benefits during and after
cancer treatments. Instructor: Cindy Sporer, ACSM CPT, CES, Reiki, called “touch therapy,” involves
placing the hands on or very near to a
When: Tuesdays Yoga Fit person’s body. The Reiki practitioner
Times: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. or attempts to transmit or deliver energy.
6 - 7 p.m. Mindfulness and Meditation When: For an appointment,
Instructor: Cindy Sporer, ACSM CPT, CES, call 856/218-5591
Yoga Fit Create a greater sense of peace and Instructor: Valerie McGuire, CYT, RYT
compassion. Reduce stress on your body
When: Thursdays and mind. Learn the skills to live in the Reiki II Practitioner
Time: 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. present, and nurture yourself.
Instructor: Colleen Arnold, ACE, When: 1st & 3rd Mondays
AFAA, CES Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Time: 6 - 7 p.m. Instructor: Linda Townshend
Instructor: Valerie McGuire, CYT, RYT
Mindfulness Practitioner

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Online Join Surgeon Dr. Roy Sandau for a live Webchat discussing
Chat colon cancer risk factors, screenings, symptoms and treatment.

March 7, 11 a.m. - Noon

To participate, visit

Tai Chi Dream Journaling and SUPPORT
Interpretation Class GROUPS
A Chinese slow motion exercise designed
to promote good health and longevity by What do your dreams reveal about you Breast Cancer Awareness
circulating internal energy or “chi.” and your relationship with the world? and Support
When: Mondays Learn how keeping a dream journal
Time: Noon - 1 p.m. can help you use your dream life to devel- Join us for Kennedy’s Breast Cancer
Instructor: Jerry Devone, CPT op more clarity and creativity in
your waking life.  Support Group for interesting and
Reflexology When: 2nd & 4th Mondays
Time: 2:30 - 4 p.m. educational presentations at each
A popular alternative therapy, Reflexology Instructor: Mary Barnett, BFA
promotes relaxation, improves circula- monthly meeting followed by open
tion, reduces pain, soothes tired feet, and Fine Artist & Muralist
encourages overall healing. It is also used discussion. Some of the topics include:
for post-operative and/or palliative care.
Reflexology should not replace medical Changing your Reactions by Controlling
When: 1st & 3rd Thursday Your Thoughts, Lymphedema in Breast
Time: For an appointment,
call 856/218-5591 Cancer, Nutrition and Your Breast
Instructor: Grace A. Morrow, CR
Cancer Diagnosis, and Breast Cancer
Art Discovery Workshops
Zumba for Cancer Patients Mindfulness Practice.       
Explore your creativity through various art
techniques, including drawing, painting, When: 1st Wednesday,
collage, and clay in a supportive and
playful environment. Class is limited to Join other cancer patients for this February & March
cancer survivors, including those newly
diagnosed or actively in treatment. No low-impact, Latin-inspired dance/fitness Time: 7 - 8 p.m.
previous artistic experience required.
When: Wednesdays program. Facilitator: Kennedy Cancer Center Team
Time: 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Instructor: Mary Barnett, BFA When: Wednesdays NEW DAY Place: Suite 211
Fine Artist & Muralist Time: 6 - 7 p.m.

Instructor: Tina Colameco American Cancer Society
(ACS) Program at Kennedy
Horticultural Therapy Center for Hope & Healing

Rose Petal Topiary: Ever wonder how Look Good … Feel Better
to use dried rose petals in a very unique
way? Learn the fun history of topiaries Volunteer beauty professionals lead
while learning how to design one of your groups of 6 - 10 women through practical
own. No experience necessary. Register by hands-on use of makeup, skin and nail
care and how to deal with hair loss. Each
March 17 at 856/218-5591. woman receives a free makeup kit to use
When: Friday, March 24 during and after the workshop.
Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. When: Tuesday, March 21
Instructor: Rachelle Hasenberg, BS, HTM Time: 10:30 a.m. - Noon

To register, call 800/227-2345.

Fighting Men / Fighting
Cancer: Prostate Cancer
Support Group

For men coping with prostate cancer, this

confidential education and support group

is offered by the Kennedy Cancer Center to

provide helpful information to patients and

their caregivers.

Dates: 1st Tuesday

Time: 7 p.m.

Facilitator: Joseph A. Musumeci

Place: Suite 211


PrimeTime Wellness Programs for Seniors

Please register for all programs by visiting our website,, or call 800/522-1965.
PrimeTime Office – Kennedy Center at Voorhees,1099 White Horse Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043

ABCs to Financial Fulfillment FREE LUNCH & LEARN Healthy Cooking Techniques
for Diabetics
Learn how to find hidden dollars in your The Lunch Hour Learning program listed is
everyday expenses! A fun, easy, step- held at the Kennedy Health & Wellness Cen- You can enjoy tasty, healthy meals at
by-step process to see where your ter, 405 Hurfville-Cross Keys Road, Suite 201, home when you have diabetes by making
hard-earned money is going and how Washington Twp. Registration necessary. a few changes to the way you choose and
to make it work for you. Learn how to Space is limited. Lunch will be provided. prepare food. Learn things you can do in
balance enjoying today while preparing the kitchen to lower fat and cholesterol in
for tomorrow. Raise your awareness on Feeling Out of Balance? the foods you serve, without losing flavor.
spending patterns and how to make Join us for advice on healthy cooking
adjustments that serve you, and your The inner ear helps to maintain balance. techniques for people with diabetes that
goals. Take the fear out of talking about Learn about a variety of vestibular balance the entire family can enjoy.
money, and feel more empowered disorders and the treatments available. When: Thursday, March 9
with the tips provided in a light, When: Tuesday, February 28 Time: 2 p.m.
non-judgmental environment. Time: Noon Speaker: Melissa Wadolowski, RD, LDN
When: Tuesday, January 24 Speaker: Dr. Tasos Aslanidis Registered Dietitian
Time: 2 p.m. Otolaryngology & Facial Kennedy Health
Speaker: Diane Metivier Plastic Surgery Place: Kennedy University Hospital –
Inspiring Women Financially Vernose & McGrath Associates Stratford
Place: Kennedy University Hospital – 18 E. Laurel Road
Stratford 3rd Floor Room L
18 E. Laurel Road
3rd Floor Room L Activities at MAINTAIN YOUR BRAIN
the Library Memory Challenge
Do You Know the Signs Exercise for your brain is just as important
of a Stroke? The following events are held at the
Vogelson Library as exercise for your body. Join us for a
Did you know that more women will 203 Laurel Road, 3rd Floor
suffer strokes this year than men and Voorhees discussion on memory and participate
80% of strokes are preventable? Join us
for information on strokes including: what Circle of Knitting & Crocheting in challenging brain exercises.
they are, signs and symptoms, how to When: Thursday, March 16
respond, what to expect in the ER, and Join fellow knitters and/or crocheters on Time:
how to treat them. an ongoing basis. Please bring your own 2 p.m.
When: Thursday, February 9 supplies and materials. Group is non-in- Instructor: Tanya McKeown
Time: 3 p.m. structional. Yarn, cotton fabric and fleece
Speaker: Dr. Jay Klazmer donations are accepted. Corporate Manager
Neurologist When: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays
Kennedy Health Alliance Time: 1 - 3 p.m. Community Wellness
Place: Margaret E. Heggan
Free Public Library Short Story & Discussion Club Kennedy Health
606 Delsea Drive Place: Kennedy University Hospital –
Washington Twp. Share the enriching experience of reading
short stories. New members are always Stratford
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome welcome. Pick up copies of the short
stories prior to the meeting at the library’s 18 E. Laurel Road
Join us for a discussion about the causes front desk.
of carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn about When: 2nd Tuesday 3rd Floor Room L
early prevention measures, diagnosis and Stories: January 10 – “Silent Snow
non-surgical treatments, as well as when Secret Snow” COFFEE WITH KENNEDY
surgery may be appropriate. February 14 – “The Voice of Colorful Conversations
When: Tuesday, February 21 the City”
Time: 3:30 p.m. March 14 – “The Second A coloring program for adults. Coloring
Speaker: Dr. Michael Rivlin Tree from the Corner” has proven to have stress-reducing health
Hand and Wrist Surgeon Time: 1 - 2 p.m. benefits. Join us for discussions with
Rothman Institute Facilitator: Jeanne Sevast fellow PrimeTime members, coffee and
Place: Cherry Hill Public Library Adult Services Library coloring! Stress-relieving coloring books
1100 Kings Highway North Associate and pencils will be provided. Space is
limited, please visit
or call 800/522-1965 to register.
When: Friday, March 24
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Kennedy University
Hospital – Cherry Hill
2201 Chapel Avenue West

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An Important Conversation Fitness Classes for Seniors
to Have While You’re Healthy
Kennedy University Kennedy Health & Wellness Kennedy University
Advance care planning is making decisions Hospital – Stratford Center (Healthtrax) Hospital – Cherry Hill
about the care you would want to receive
if you become unable to speak for yourself. 18 E. Laurel Road 405 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road 2201 Chapel Avenue West
Join us and learn about documenting
your wishes for end-of-life care. Light 3rd Floor Room L Suite 201, Washington Twp. Auditorium
refreshments will be served.
When: Wednesday, March 29 • Dress comfortably and bring a Gentle Yoga for Seniors –
Time: 2 p.m. water bottle and a yoga mat. Cherry Hill
Speaker: Melissa Mordecai, MSN, APN, • Please register and pay at When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Elder Care Coordinator call 800/522-1965. Session I: Beginning January 5
NICHE Coordinator
Kennedy Health Session II: Beginning February 21
Place: Margaret E. Heggan
Free Public Library Time: 11 a.m. - Noon
606 Delsea Drive
Washington Twp. Gentle Yoga for Seniors – Fee: Session I – $48 for 12 classes
Springtime in Session II – $48 for 12 classes

Washington, D.C. Instructor: Myrna Mandelbaum

With mild temperatures, lots to do When: Mondays & Wednesdays Just Move for Seniors –
and flowers in bloom, our nation’s Washington Twp.
capital is an ideal springtime Session I: Beginning January 4
destination! Kennedy and AAA are
offering a three-day motor coach Session II: Beginning February 20 Light aerobics, toning and stretching using a
trip May 19-21.
Time: Monday – 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. chair. Bring weights (1 to 3 lbs.) to class.
The trip includes:
• Two nights at the Hilton Wednesday – 1:45 - 2:45 p.m. When: Tuesdays beginning
Garden Inn (Arlington, VA)
• A walking tour of the Naval Fee: Session I – $52 for 13 classes January 17
Academy in Annapolis, MD,
on the ride down Session II – $48 for 12 classes Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
• Full daily breakfast and one
dinner at Carmine’s in D.C. Instructor: Myrna Mandelbaum Fee: $40 for 8 classes
• “Hop-on, Hop-off” pass
and free time to visit the Gentle Yoga for Seniors – When: Fridays beginning
Smithsonian Museums Washington Twp.
• Guided walking tour of the When: Mondays January 20
• Sunday brunch on board Session I: Beginning January 9 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
the Odyssey with a narrated
cruise on the Potomac Session II: Beginning March 6 Fee: $40 for 8 classes

Cost: $559 per person double Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Instructor: Susan Leblang
occupancy. Credit cards accepted.
Sign up by calling Fee: Session I – $20 for 5 classes Walk This Way Walking
Debbie Szafranski (AAA) at Program
856/783-4222. Use code KH. Session II – $24 for 6 classes
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays
When: Wednesdays beginning January 5 - March 30
Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
January 11 Place: RowanSOM Wellness Center

Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Medical Center Drive, Stratford

Fee: $24 for 6 classes

Instructors: Jeanne Nickelson,

Cindy Sporer & Melanie Linton

Breakfast Dinner Club
& Dinner Club
Enjoy early dining from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Membership Card Required. NO SHARING for just $5 per person! Includes entrée,
or SUBSTITUTIONS vegetable, small soup and small salad, a
slice of cake or pie, and a fountain beverage
Breakfast Club (no bottles).
Kennedy – Cherry Hill Cafeteria
Early breakfast dining from 6:30-10 a.m. 2201 Chapel Avenue West
for only $3.50 per person. Enjoy the Breakfast: 2nd Monday
“traditional” with eggs, breakfast meat, Dinner: 3rd Wednesday
and potatoes or the “power” with oatmeal,
fruit, and yogurt. Both include toast or Kennedy – Stratford Cafeteria
bagel, juice (no bottles) and coffee. 18 E. Laurel Road
Breakfast: 3rd Tuesday
Dinner: 4th Thursday

Kennedy – Washington Twp. Cafeteria
435 Hurffville-Cross Keys Road
Breakfast: 3rd Thursday
Dinner: 3rd Monday


1099 White Horse Rd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043

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The agreement brings Kennedy closer to a President and CEO Stephanie Biggs
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Shannon Haugh
Vice President of Marketing Christine Mora
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