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Published by Jefferson Health New Jersey, 2017-06-20 12:02:41

Kennedy Health Annual Report for 2016



Message from the President

Year in Review 2

Recognitions and Awards 8

Clinical Excellence 10

Kennedy by the Numbers 12

Kennedy Health Care Foundation 13

Community Outreach 14

Academic Medicine 18

Clinical Trials
Graduate Medical Education

Board Members/Executive Leadership 21


Dear Friends:

2016 was a tremendous year for Kennedy Health – a year of clinical milestones,
recognition, growth and a plan for the future that will elevate us to even higher
levels of excellence.

We hope you will enjoy reading our 2016 Annual Report, which
provides a “snapshot” of sorts of a year which will long be
remembered at Kennedy for many positive reasons.

Some of the year’s highlights include the announcement in Jan-
uary of our planned merger with Thomas Jefferson University; a
Topping-Off ceremony for the first phase of the $200-million-plus
campus revitalization at Kennedy – Cherry Hill in May; the Leapfrog
“A” grades our hospitals received for patient safety (for the 5th time
running!); and the well-deserved honor of being named a national
Sepsis Hero by the Sepsis Alliance for our life-saving initiatives.

This Annual Report will provide an overview of our many achievements, month by
month, as well as detailed information about Kennedy’s financial status, fundraising
efforts, community outreach initiatives, graduate medical education, and more.

We are looking to finalize our partnership with Jefferson in summer 2017, marking
a new beginning for our health care organization that will expand our ability to care
for the communities of South Jersey for generations to come.

We’re excited to share our story with you.


Joseph W. Devine, FACHE
President & CEO



JANUARY The Kennedy Center for Surgical Kennedy Health Alliance (KHA)
Weight Loss held a special held specialty care openings for
Kennedy announced celebration in recognition of General Surgery in Cherry Hill,
plans to merge with the program’s 2,000th bariatric Extended Care in Turnersville and
surgery case. Gastroenterology in Turnersville.
Thomas Jefferson
University Hospital FEBRUARY Health to facilitate a more veteran-
with the signing of a 3D mammography, the latest and military-friendly network of
Letter of Intent. This and most advanced technology integrated care within the state.
was the first step in a for diagnosing breast cancer, is
process to become the introduced. FastTrack Breast Schwartz RoundsTM, which offer
South Jersey health Care and High-Risk Breast Care health care providers a venue
programs also launch. to openly discuss the social and
care “hub” of the emotional issues related to caring
nationally renowned Kennedy was awarded a $1.4 million for patients, launched at Kennedy.
grant from the NJ Department of
Jefferson system.
The decision for the
planned merger was

based on a nearly
two-year exploration
process and is aimed
at ensuring Kennedy’s

future growth and
enhanced ability to
provide high-level,
innovative health care
for the communities of
southern New Jersey.


2016 MARCH procedures, and allowing for nonvascular
For the third consecutive interventions through integrated Dyna CT scan
year, Kennedy Health is and 3-D Laser-guided tracking.
named a “Top Workplace” Excitement ran high as more than 200 attendees
by, based on were on hand for the “Topping-Off” ceremony of
feedback received through Kennedy – Cherry Hill’s new 22,000-square-foot
an employee survey. hospital lobby atrium, part of its first phase of an
overall $200+ million revitalization project.
The South Jersey Behavioral Health Kennedy is named a “Top Workplace” by SJBiz.
Collaborative (SJBHIC) – sparked by the Kennedy Health is also one of only 14 area
efforts of Kennedy CEO Joseph Devine and businesses to be named to South Jersey Biz
other area hospital CEOs – met to review magazine’s “Best Places to Work” list.
first-year findings. The event featured the
Hon. Patrick J. Kennedy as keynote speaker.

A new $1.7 million Siemens-equipped
Interventional Radiology Suite opened at
Kennedy – Washington Township, enhancing
the capabilities of many endovascular

On February 27,
2016, Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame
inductees Chicago put
on a fantastic show
at Kennedy’s 20th
Annual Gala. More
than 900 guests

raised nearly
$900,000 to benefit

Kennedy’s Lung
Cancer Program.


Kennedy opened its doors to two visiting surgeons As part of Wells Fargo’s Community Connections
from India to observe da Vinci robotic surgery program, Kennedy – Stratford was awarded a
procedures at our Washington Township campus $1,000 grant to expand education and support
as part of efforts to establish a robotic surgery services for area patients living with Chronic
department at their hospital in Mumbai. Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Bonnie and Mark Barnes, the California-based
founders of the nonprofit DAISY Foundation™ visited
Kennedy – Washington Township and surprised
then-newest Kennedy Daisy Award winner Christine
Levin, RN. The DAISY Foundation was established in
memory of 33-year-old J. Patrick Barnes, who died
in late 1999 from complications of an auto-immune
disease. Daisy Awards are presented to participating
health care organization nurses nominated for their
extraordinary care to patients.

“Kennedy Night at the Phillies” was held on Hundreds of Kennedy Health employees and
two evenings at Citizens Bank Park to celebrate supporters attended a ceremony marking the signing
being named a “Top Workplace” for the third of a Definitive Agreement between Kennedy and
year in a row. More than 1,700 associates Jefferson. The Definitive Agreement spelled out the
attended the free events. terms of how Kennedy will integrate with Jefferson.

JULY A newly renovated and expanded $1.1 million Dialysis
Unit opened at Kennedy – Washington Township.
Kennedy joined the Sidney Kimmel
Cancer Network at Jefferson, enhancing Kennedy’s three hospitals received “Exemplar”
our clinical access to specialized status for its Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem
treatment options. As part of the Elders (NICHE) inpatient programs.
affiliation, a Clinical Geneticist joined
Kennedy is recognized by U.S. News & World Report
our Cancer Program. in its 2016-2017 Hospital rankings as “High-
Performing” in three clinical areas: Diabetes &
Endocrinology, COPD, and Heart Failure.

Police officers from seven municipalities Kennedy and its STAT Medical Transport subsidiary
were invited to an Appreciation Breakfast donated a van to the Boys & Girls Club of Gloucester
at Kennedy – Washington Township, where County to safely transport area youth home from its
hospital staff personally thanked them for after-school teen programs.
their dedication and hard work.


Several Kennedy leaders and key clinicians Kennedy honored its first 50-year associate, Carol
involved in its groundbreaking Sepsis Program Brestle, at the Service Awards luncheon. She was
attended the 2016 Sepsis Heroes Awards Gala among the record-breaking 672 honorees at the event.
in New York City, where Kennedy was the only
U.S. hospital honored by the Sepsis Alliance, the
leading sepsis patient advocacy organization in
North America (see page 9).

Kennedy Health’s Golf Invitational was a sellout,
raising $152,000 to benefit the Kennedy Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the purchase of incubators
and respiratory ventilators for critical infant care.

Kennedy became the only South Jersey business Kennedy’s Surgery Center underwent a $100,000
chosen to participate in Project SEARCH, a national “facelift” and celebrated its 20th anniversary.
work-transition program for young adults with
disabilities (see page 17). Food & Nutrition launched a Room Service
Program for Kennedy hospital inpatients, aimed at
Kennedy Health’s Senior Vice President & Chief improving satisfaction and departmental efficiency.
Legal Officer Edward Sullivan, Esq., was honored
as “Top Corporate Counsel” by the Philadelphia Kennedy’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Business Journal at the organization’s annual staff was honored at the 10th annual March of
Corporate Counsel Awards. Dimes Born to Shine Gala.

Kennedy Health’s Weight-Loss Surgery Fall Fashion Chief Medical Officer Dr. H. Timothy Dombrowski
Show featured 16 bariatric success stories. This was honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal
celebratory event showcased female and male as a “Doctor of Distinction.”
Kennedy weight-loss surgery patients – including
three Kennedy employees – who’ve lost a combined
total of 1,778 pounds since their procedures.


2016 NOVEMBER President & CEO Joseph W.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Devine received the 2016
Unit (NICU) celebrated its 10th Philadelphia SmartCEO Circle of
anniversary. Dean Auer, Director Excellence Award for Healthcare.
of Patient Experience at Kennedy – He was also awarded the
Washington Township, presented prestigious Signum Fidei Medal
a check for $112,513.80 to the from La Salle University’s Alumni
NICU – the net proceeds from Association.
the Dancing with the Gloucester
County Stars event and through Kennedy’s Physical Therapy &
Kennedy’s annual Golf Invitational, Rehabilitation Team won a “Best
both held in September. of Washington Township” award.

Plans were announced for a

$225 million expansion of the

Kennedy – Washington Township
campus to include an enclosed
parking facility and a multi-level
hospital tower.

Hundreds of cancer survivors and
loved ones attended the 7th Annual
Tree of Lights. The event, including
an art auction of cancer survivors’
artwork, raised $2,600 for the Hope
& Healing Patient Assistance Fund.

Kennedy’s Information
Technology (IT)

Department places
fourth in Healthcare
IT News’ 2016 “Best
Hospital IT Departments”
for employee satisfaction

in the category of
“Medium” hospital IT
departments (those with

26-75 employees).


Kennedy’s 4th Annual Mingle
& Jingle holiday party.

DECEMBER Three nurses from Singapore visited Kennedy
The 4th Annual Mingle & Jingle holiday parties – to gain insight on how NICHE “Exemplar” status
attended by hundreds of Kennedy associates – for Eldercare was achieved at all three hospitals.
were held on two nights in December. Various
Kennedy departments donated a total of 100 gift Kennedy’s Center for Hope & Healing at the
baskets for each party. All the raffle proceeds – Cancer Center received a $50,000 check from the
nearly $26,000 – went to Kennedy’s Emergency proceeds of September’s Bill Bottino Mud Run.
Financial Assistance Fund to help associates in
times of need. In addition, the Kennedy Medical
Staff made a generous $30,000 donation to the fund.


2016 marked the sixth anniversary of the In addition to these new practices, Kennedy

Kennedy Health Alliance (KHA), and it was a Health Alliance welcomed 13 new providers into

year of tremendous growth and achievement. existing practices in 2016. By the close of the

year, KHA had 19 specialty services and 12

• In January, KHA brought on a General Surgery primary care locations, staffed by a total of 121

practice, a Gastroenterology practice, and an medical providers. KHA saw an overall growth

Extended Care practice. of 51 providers during the year, and achieved

• In March, KHA launched an Intensivist program an overall net revenue of $22,420,743.

dedicated to treating patients in the Intensive

Care Unit (ICU).

• KHA welcomed outpatient Pulmonary Medicine

in July.

• In August, KHA piloted a new House Calls

Program, and Point Plaza Family Practice in

Washington Township came onboard.

• In September, General Practitioners, P.A., and

Life Care Occupational Medicine of Glassboro, also

joined KHA.


RECOGNITIONAWAR&DS Straight “A’s” for our three hospitals Earned American Heart Association’s
in the Fall and Spring 2016 Leapfrog “Get With The Guidelines®” Stroke Gold-
Hospital Safety Grades. By the close Plus Quality Achievement Award, the
of 2016, Kennedy had received A’s highest recognition level for stroke care.
in five consecutive rating periods.
The prestigious and highly respected _____________________________________________________
Leapfrog Safety Report rates how
well U.S. hospitals protect patients Kennedy’s Comprehensive Breast Center
from preventable medical errors, received a Women’s Choice Award® as
injuries, and infections. one of the U.S.’ best breast centers.

_____________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________

Kennedy – Stratford was named Kennedy’s Dialysis Program earned
a Leapfrog Top General Hospital The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of
for 2016, a distinction earned by Approval® for End-Stage Renal Disease,
meeting the nation’s toughest a symbol of quality reflecting Kennedy’s
quality and safety standards in care commitment to safe and effective
management, infection rates and patient care.
ability to prevent medical errors.
Kennedy – Stratford was one of only _____________________________________________________
56 hospitals nationwide to be named
a Top General Hospital.


2016 was another Named a “Sepsis Hero” by the Kennedy Home Health Care honored
banner year for National Sepsis Alliance; only with Fazzi Associates Patient Satisfaction
Kennedy Health hospital in the U.S. to be so honored Award of Distinction; presented to
in terms of public in 2016, and one of the only hospitals agencies in the top 25% nationally.
recognition for ever to win the award.
clinical excellence
and patient safety


for quality elder care; all three hospitals
proudly carry this designation. Kennedy’s life-saving Sepsis Program earned national attention
throughout 2016, culminating with Kennedy being named a Sepsis
_____________________________________________________ Hero by the Sepsis Alliance, the leading sepsis patient advocacy
organization in North America.
Kennedy Home Health Care earned
a CMS Four-Star Rating, for its high- Kennedy was honored as the only hospital system in the country at the
quality services and positive patient Sepsis Heroes Gala in New York City in September for its Sepsis Program,
feedback, the only agency to do so in which resulted in sepsis mortality rates of less than 10 percent, far
Burlington, Camden and Gloucester below the national average. Kennedy was selected as one of five
counties. national winners from a pool of more than 100 nominations.

_____________________________________________________ A potentially life-threatening complication of an infection, sepsis
affects more than 1 million Americans each year, resulting in an
Named a “Top Workplace” by estimated 258,000 deaths. Sepsis can often be treated if diagnosed for the third year in a row, early. Kennedy’s acclaimed Sepsis Program – initially developed as a
based on employee feedback. way to recognize sepsis in patients in its Emergency Departments –
has grown to include detection and aggressive treatment of patients
_____________________________________________________ experiencing sepsis on general medical-surgical floors.

Coordinated through its Sepsis Committee and Sepsis on the Floors Task
Force, Kennedy’s Sepsis Program, along with saving lives, has made
Kennedy a national leader and “go-to” resource for other health care
organizations throughout the country looking to expand or establish a
formal sepsis program.

Kennedy’s Center for Surgical Weight
Loss reaccredited as a “Comprehensive
Bariatric Surgery Center” by the
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Accreditation and Quality Improvement
Program (MBSAQIP).



Michael Berger
When South Jersey resident Michael Berger came and members of
to Kennedy - Cherry Hill’s Emergency Department his Kennedy health
in February 2016, he never imagined that he would care team are
be in a life-or-death situation within hours. Berger photographed by
had sustained a minor paper cut a day earlier, South Jersey Magazine
but something was definitely wrong. It didn’t take for its “Tales of
long for the hospital ED team to conclude Berger Triumph” feature.
had a raging infection and was becoming septic.
A flesh-eating bacteria was spreading up his arm special antidote was administered – IVIG – to
and Berger was entering renal failure. fight toxins from the flesh-eating bacteria. The
teamwork that saved Michael’s life at Kennedy
“The pain was unbelievable,” Berger, 46, recalled. drew media attention regionally, nationally and
“The day after I hurt my finger, I woke up to find even internationally – with news articles running
my hand triple the size it normally was.” By the as far away as London.
time he got to the hospital, he was nearly delirious
and in severe pain. “I’d say Michael had less than a 50-50 chance in
the beginning,” said Pulmonary and Critical Care
After undergoing emergency hand surgery, Berger Specialist Dr. Aaron Crookshank. “He was critically
spent another 16 days in the hospital’s ICU, heavily ill, but things then started to turn around. The
sedated while clinicians and infectious disease teamwork during this case was second-to-none.”
specialists battled the multi-organ dysfunction
threatening his life. In addition to antibiotics, a Berger says: “I’m no worse for the wear. The
doctors and nurses at Kennedy totally saved my
life – it was amazing.”

New Patient Fall Protection Technology Complex Spine Procedures
Kennedy – Cherry Hill piloted a new patient safety Surgeons began performing complex spine
system allowing nurses to be “in” a patient’s procedures, such as Anterior Posterior Spinal
room without actually being at their bedside. The Fusion, Transforminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
innovative AvaSys® TeleSitter® system enables (TLF) and Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion
clinicians to see and hear patients around-the- (ALIF) at Kennedy – Cherry Hill in April.
clock from a central monitoring station, used
primarily for those at a high risk of falling. SNFist Program
Kennedy Health recognizes the many “touchpoints”
that can affect patient outcomes. Devoted to
providing comprehensive, high-quality care,
the Kennedy Skilled Nursing Facility (SNFist)
program launched to help ensure patients
experience a seamless transition of care once
discharged from the hospital.


3D mammography launched at the
Kennedy Health Outpatient Medical
Imaging Center in Washington Twp.

Health Innovation Program FastTrack Breast Care
Kennedy’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Kennedy’s Comprehensive Breast Center in Washington
(DSRIP) program was re-branded as the Health Township developed a FastTrack Breast Care Program
Innovation Program (HIP), expanding beyond diabetes to ensure patients are screened and diagnosed as
care to include patients with hypertension (high quickly as possible and alleviate anxiety regarding
blood pressure). The new HIP provides vital services test results.
to patients, including care coordination, health
coaching, social work and dietary assistance. 3D Mammography
3D mammography launched at the Kennedy Health
Extended Care & House Call Programs at KHA Outpatient Medical Imaging Center in Washington
KHA’s Extended Care and House Call Programs allow Township. 3D mammography, also called breast tomo-
Kennedy to be present at all patient touchpoints. synthesis, has been shown to improve detection of
Extended Care is for patients transferring from one invasive cancers over conventional 2D mammography.
of Kennedy’s hospitals into a long-term care facility,
and includes skilled nursing, assisted living and Cardiac Catheterization Lab Increases Volume
sub-acute rehabilitation. The House Call program The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Kennedy – Washington
features a personalized in-home medical assessment Township more than doubled the volume of cases from
by a KHA doctor. 2015 to 2016, performing more than 200 procedures.



2016 Kennedy Health PATIENTS AVERAGE
Financial Highlights ADMITTED LENGTH
• Total Revenue ER VISITS BIRTHS
CH 7,020 CH 39,434 CH 5.3 CH N/A
• Total Assets ST 6,186 ST 40,074 ST 4.0 ST N/A
$676,225,000 WT 13,428 WT 67,292 WT 4.2 WT 999
Total 26,634 Total 146,800 Total 4.4 Total 999
• Charity Care
$9,375,200 SAME-DAY Hospital Surgery Center Combined
• Capital CH 1,580 CH N/A 14,168
Improvements ST 1,682 ST N/A
$72,529,000 WT 3,589 WT 7,317
Total 6,851 Total 7,317
grateful to have the help VISITS BEDS
and support of hundreds CAMPUS
of community members
who volunteer at our 56,980 CH 196 4,801 CH 994
facilities. In 2016, more (Combined) ST 181 (Combined) ST 800
than 325 volunteers WT 230 WT 1,585
of all ages contributed Total 607 Total 3,379
35,000 hours of service
visitors and associates
in more than 60 areas
throughout our health

Number of classes/
programs offered: 2,118

Community members
reached: 91,325



The Year in Review – Making a Powerful Difference in 2016

The Kennedy Health Care Foundation serves as the link between Kennedy Health and those
who rely on us for health and wellness services, providing resources and support to meet
the needs of our community members. Sincere thanks to everyone who helped us make a
powerful difference in the lives of our patients, their families and our community in 2016.

FEBRUARY Also in May, the Alan Z. Gartzman, Also in September, the 11th
Nearly 1,000 Kennedy supporters DO, Memorial Fund donated $4,000 Annual Dancing with the Gloucester
enjoyed an evening of dancing to support the Nursing Scholarship County Stars event raised
and dining at the Kennedy Gala – Fund, and the Jet Start Foundation $60,000 for Kennedy’s NICU.
featuring Rock & Roll Hall of donated $8,000 to Kennedy
Fame 2016 inductees, Chicago. Behavioral Health Services. NOVEMBER
The black-tie event netted close The 7th Annual Tree of Lights
to $900,000 to support Kennedy’s JUNE
Lung Cancer Program. The Kennedy Cancer Survivors Remembrance Celebration
Day Celebration, which raised raised $2,600 to benefit the
MARCH more than $15,000 for the Patient Kennedy Cancer Center.
Assistance Fund, had more than Hundreds of area residents
Barbara A. Colameco Cancer 200 participants sign up for the turned out to honor, remember
Transportation Fund awarded 5K run, and over 50 survivors take and celebrate the lives of loved
a $40,000 grant to support the part in the ceremonial final-lap walk. ones who have battled cancer.
Kennedy Cancer Center Patient
Assistance Fund. SEPTEMBER On National Philanthropy Day,
The Annual Kennedy Golf November 15th, the Foundation
The Kennedy Health Care Invitational sold out in record hosted a reception to honor
Foundation joined the Doctors’ time, with 110 golfers participating. donors. Later in the month,
Day celebration, raising more The event raised $151,000, the the Foundation participated in
than $5,600. net proceeds of which supported #GivingTuesday, raising more
Kennedy’s Neo-Natal Intensive than $3,900 for Kennedy’s Pris-
MAY Care Unit (NICU). Zippity Fund, which provides
In conjunction with National Kennedy Dialysis patients with
Nurses’ Week, Kennedy customized sweatshirt for use
Health promoted its Nursing during hemodialysis treatments.
Scholarship Program, raising
more than $9,400 to assist DECEMBER
associates pursuing, or advancing, In December, the Kennedy Health
a career in nursing. Care Foundation raised more
than $16,000 in Year-End Giving.



Kennedy Health has strong ties to the As part of Kennedy’s commitment to the American
communities it serves and a long history of Hospital Association “Equity 123” pledge, Kennedy
outreach, further enhanced in 2016 by our hosted the Commission for the Blind to offer free eye
partnership with the Food Bank of South screenings for its diabetic population.
Jersey and our new relationship with Project
SEARCH and the Y.A.L.E. School in Cherry Hill. Kennedy received a certificate of recognition at the
Gloucester County Wellness & Recovery Resource
During 2016, Kennedy sponsored or participated in Fair for financing and supporting a drug overdose
207 community events, serving more than 32,000 Narcan antidote program that resuscitated 150
residents. Some of those events were the Cherry Hill people over two years.
Harvest Fest, Farm to Fork Fall Festival at Duffield’s
in Sewell, National Memory Screening Day and the Dean Auer, Director of Patient Experience at
Camden County Senior Awareness Fair. Kennedy – Washington Township, put on his dancing
shoes to raise money for Kennedy’s Neonatal Intensive
Kennedy has continued its relationship with three Care Unit (NICU) by joining the popular “Dancing
state-wide Veterans Initiatives: One program with the Gloucester County Stars.”
focuses on identifying and assisting area veterans
in need of mental health services. The second is a
community-based pilot project that includes three
retired area veterans, who have received training as
health coaches. Lastly, a NJDOH grant established
the Kennedy-led Veterans Health Provider Coalition,
which has specially trained veteran navigators help
identify former military members and their families
and assist them in accessing primary care and
behavioral health services.

Population Health partners with The Gloucester Kennedy’s Respiratory Department at all three
County Workforce Development Board’s “One Stop” campuses held a clothing drive for Angels of God,
to provide health care information and resources. a Pitman-based charity.

A $1,000 check was presented to Garden State The Kennedy Fall Heart Walk Committee held a
Equality in February 2016 as our 2nd Annual successful holiday luncheon in December, which
Diversity Award winner. raised $3,409 for the American Heart Association.

Kennedy Health sponsored Washington Township’s Kennedy’s hospitals in Stratford and Washington
Annual Helping Hands Super Bowl Hoagie Sale. Township took part in the HFM Investment Advisors,
Funds raised benefited several community Inc. Annual Coat Drive and was named a Top Donor.
members experiencing hardships. The collected coats were donated to the Heart of
South Jersey resource center for distribution
The Cancer Center held its first Cancer Survivor Art throughout Gloucester County.
Show in April featuring works from cancer survivors
who were students in the Art Discovery Workshop.


Kennedy’s 6th Annual Cancer Survivors Day and 5K Run/Walk
was held June 5 at Washington Lake Park.


More than 217
Kennedy associates
and family members

packed lunches
and sorted food
donations for the
FBSJ “Kids’ Summer
Meal Program.”



Kennedy made a two-year commitment to the Food Healthy Living Initiative classes, coordinated with
Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) as our regional charity, FBSJ, were held monthly at Kennedy. Facilitated
fulfilling part of our mission toward improving by a Kennedy nurse, these classes taught diabetic
population health. Kennedy and the FBSJ partnered patients about proper nutrition and exercise as
on many community programs in 2016: well as stress reduction techniques.

Kennedy participated in the Food Bank’s “Hunger Kennedy associates contributed 2,500 pounds of
Games” cooking competition in April, raising $2,500 food to the FBSJ through its 2016 Fall Food Drive.
and placing second.

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp
Out Hunger food drive in May benefitted from
sponsorship by Kennedy and participation by 15
Kennedy employees, who volunteered to receive
and sort donations. This food drive generated
200,000 pounds of food in a single day.

Therapeutic Food Boxes provided by the FBSJ for More than 30 large boxes of non-perishable food items
Kennedy Home Health aides to distribute to needy were donated to the FBSJ at the Fall 2016 Kennedy
patients launched in October in an effort to ensure leadership outing held in Philadelphia. The food was
important nutritional needs are met. distributed to South Jersey residents in need, including
patients of Kennedy’s Home Health Care department.
Kennedy’s Employee Health Department provided Shown here are SJFB Chief Development Officer Tom Sims
free flu shots at the Food Bank’s fall/winter Hope (left) and Kennedy Health President & CEO Joe Devine.
Mobile events.

Kennedy Partners with Project SEARCH to Provide On-the-Job Training for Young Adults

Kennedy Health embarked on an exciting and University – to become a Project SEARCH host
gratifying partnership – with the Y.A.L.E. School business. A national program, Project SEARCH
of Cherry Hill, the NJ Division of Vocational serves students ages 17 to 21 with developmental
Rehabilitation, the NJ Department of Human disabilities, with a long-term goal of helping them
Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities, find employment. Of more than 400 Project SEARCH
Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and the programs in the U.S. and abroad, Kennedy is the
Transportation Autism Project of Rutgers only South Jersey Project Search Site. Student

interns come to Kennedy
on weekdays for classroom
instruction in the morning
and internships in various
departments in the afternoon.




As part of the larger initiative to In 2016, Kennedy participated in a
ensure Kennedy’s patients have clinical study of TeleGenetics versus
access to state-of-the-art care usual care to increase access to
close to home, its clinical and cancer genetic services. This study
administrative leaders developed explored the use of technology to
an infrastructure to support a connect patients with certified
comprehensive oncology clinical genetics counselors through video-
research program. In collaboration conferencing, telephone conferencing,
with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer and traditional approaches, including
Network at Jefferson, Kennedy’s written materials and in-person
Cancer Center offers cutting-edge contact with a genetic counselor.
therapies for patients within their
own communities. Also in 2016, Kennedy continued to
participate in a clinical study through
The Kennedy Cancer Center is one SWOG/CALBG, “A Phase III Trial of 6
many community-based cancer vs 12 Treatments of Adjuvant FOLFOX
centers in the U.S. that contributes plus Celecoxib or Placebo for Patients
to patient enrollments in cooperative with Resected Stage III Colon Cancer,”
group studies. Clinical trials assist which looked at adding celecoxib (an
physicians in better identifying indi- oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
viduals at risk for developing cancer, drug similar to aspirin or ibuprofen)
as well as establishing new and to standard chemotherapy to improve
improved ways to prevent, screen, survival in certain post-surgical
diagnose and treat the disease, while colon cancer patients. The study also
improving quality of life for cancer explored whether three months of
patients. Clinical trials also assist in chemotherapy was as effective in
advancements in genetic research. preventing or delaying colon cancer
recurrence as the standard six
Through participation in clinical months of treatment.
trials, patients gain access to new
treatments not yet available to the Kennedy’s Cancer Program looks
general public, obtain expert medical forward to continuing to offer access
services, and are actively involved in to national cooperative group trials,
their own care. These patients, in a in addition to offering access to trials
larger sense, also help other cancer through the Sidney Kimmel Cancer
patients by contributing to medical Network at Jefferson.




Kennedy University Hospital (KUH) continues its robust
training program for Residents and Fellows from throughout
the United States.

Of the 225 Interns, Residents and Fellows accepted into
the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s
(RowanSOM) program for the 2016-2017 school year, 155
rotate through Kennedy’s hospitals on any given month.

New Jersey’s largest osteopathic training ground for
primary care physicians, Kennedy receives approximately
1,200 applications for 61 available first-year residency
slots. While the majority of students who apply are recent
graduates of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine and RowanSOM, applications are received from
more than 25 different medical schools around the country.

“Kennedy remains an in-demand academic medical center
for physician training,” said Christopher Barone, DO, Vice
President of Medical Administration/Graduate Medical
Education. “Our reputation for excellence in education and
hands-on training is nationally known.”

The next step for RowanSOM and KUH is the move to a single
accreditation system for its residencies and fellowships. All
programs are transitioning to American College of Graduate
Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation, as American
Osteopathic Assocation (AOA) accreditation is phased out
over the next three years. Each program, in addition to its
Specialty Residency Committee Accreditation, can also obtain
“Osteopathic Recognition” under the ACGME so that each can
retain the distinctiveness of Osteopathic Medical Education.

Since 1968, Kennedy has supported the academic growth of
more than 7,700 Interns, Residents and Fellows. In keeping
with the osteopathic tradition, more than half of RowanSOM’s
graduates pursue careers in primary care and a full 50
percent remain in-state to practice medicine.



Kennedy Health Board of Directors Kennedy Health Care Foundation
Board of Trustees
Albert E. Smith, CPA, Chairman
John F. Durante, Co-Chair
Bruce J. Paparone, Vice Chairman Bruce J. Paparone, Co-Chair
Surendra K. Bagaria, MD
Ronald L. Caputo, Secretary Bonnie D. Clark
Joseph W. Devine, FACHE
Robert DiStanislao, Treasurer Brian W. Jones
Donald A. Barone, DO Anthony J. LaRatta, Esq.
Daniel Dalton Christine Mari-Mazzola, CPA
Joseph W. Devine, FACHE (ex-officio) Ernest B. Smith
John F. Durante
Michele A. Fletcher, CPA Kennedy Health Senior Leadership
Thomas J. Gallia, Ed.D.
Stanley J.C. Giberson, Sr. Joseph W. Devine, FACHE
Joseph Maressa Jr., Esq. President & Chief Executive Officer
Daniel J. Ragone, CPA
John P. Silvestri

Kennedy University Hospital Thomas J. Balcavage
Senior Vice President of Information Technology
Board of Trustees & Program Services

John F. Durante, Chairman Helene Burns, MSN, RN
Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive
John P. Silvestri, Vice Chairman
Carman Ciervo, DO, FACOFP
Justice John E. Wallace Jr. (retired), Secretary Senior Vice President & Chief Physician Executive

Rhonda Costello, Treasurer David V. Condoluci, DO, MACOI
Melanie Angelo, DO Senior Vice President
William Barker Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer
Robert I. Barksy, DO
Anthony Brown, DO H. Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH
Ronald L. Caputo Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO (ex-officio)
Daniel Dalton Jill C. Ostrem
Joseph W. Devine, FACHE (ex-officio) Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations
Robert DiStanislao
Michele A. Fletcher, CPA Edward Sullivan, Esq.
Thomas J. Gallia, Ed.D. Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
Stanley J.C. Giberson, Sr.
Wanda Hardy Glenn A. Zirbser
Ali Houshmand, Ph.D. (ex-officio) Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Joseph Maressa, Jr., Esq.
Bruce J. Paparone
Daniel J. Ragone, CPA
Albert E. Smith, CPA
John Lucas (Emeritus)

In Memoriam
Rhonda Costello
Stanley J. C. Giberson, Sr.


Nicole Pensiero
Corporate Director
Assistant Editors

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Corporate Manager

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