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Hackensack University Medical Center Awarded Grant from the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME)

February 9, 2012 09:13 AM


 The Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), based upon its application submitted to improve the outcomes of both Acute and Chronic Pain Syndromes. The funding will be used to create a full-day conference during 2012 as a forum to discuss innovative approaches toward pain medicine.

                “I congratulate our Department of Pain and Palliative  Medicine on being selected to receive this grant,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “As a leader in medical innovation and patient-centered care, we are excited to use these funds toward addressing the ever-important field of pain management.”

                This AHME Collaborative Grant in Pain Management is a collaboration on behalf of AHME and the Physicians’ Institute for Excellence in Medicine. This activity is funded through an educational grant from Pfizer to the AHME to support Pain Management activities for AHME member institutions.  AHME retains full control over the distribution of individual grants under this collaborative grant program.

“We are honored to have received this AHME grant,” said Julius Gardin, M.D., chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine. “The funding will be applied to provide a forum to address the significant issue of proper, effective pain management through controlled substances.”

According to AHME, the project and performance objectives are to: promote quality and performance improvement projects in acute and chronic pain management; adopt new tools to improve pain assessment and evaluation; improve competency to effectively use both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches to manage both acute and chronic pain as well as all related symptoms, resulting in improved patient outcomes; and discuss issues related to providing culturally competent pain management care.

The Department of Pain and Palliative Medicine has planned an all-day conference for clinicians of all levels entitled, “Current Treatment in Acute and Chronic Pain Syndromes.” All healthcare providers who have a direct impact on patient care will be invited to attend. The conference will address the widespread challenge for clinicians to understand the delicate balance between the effective use and abuse of controlled substances to treat pain. The event will help provide  a unique approach to pain management by discussing pain recommendations, resources and support from experienced clinicians in the field using presentations, role-playing and interactive demonstrations. HackensackUMC will offer a pre-test to gauge the clinician’s knowledge before the conference, and a post-test will then be offered at its completion.

“We are excited to continue planning the ‘Current Treatment in Acute and Chronic Pain Syndromes’ conference,” said Joe Contreras, M.D., director of Pain and Palliative Medicine. “We are confident that this conference will promote awareness and foster collaboration with regard to safe pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and interventional pain treatment methods.”

The grant project end date is November 15, 2012.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center is a 775-bed not-for-profit, tertiary care, teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. Founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center has demonstrated more than a century of growth and progress. Hackensack University Medical Center is a nationally recognized healthcare organization offering patients the most comprehensive services, state-of-the-art technologies, and facilities. Honors include being named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for five years in a row. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York, and New England to receive this honor for five consecutive years. Hackensack University Medical Center was also named one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Hackensack University Medical Center eighth in the New York Metro Area in its first-ever Best Hospitals metro area rankings, giving it the top ranking out of all the New Jersey hospitals listed. Additionally, Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked in geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, and cancer in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals. The U.S. News Media Group also named the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital to its “2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals” list – ranking as one of the top 50 in the specialty of neurology and neurosurgery – the first hospital in the State of New Jersey ever to be ranked in a Best Children’s Hospitals specialty. Hackensack University Medical Center is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, first in New Jersey, second in the nation, receiving its fourth designation in April 2009. Hackensack University Medical Center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets.



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