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February 2, 2009 08:55 AM

The UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey (UJA NNJ) and the Federation’s Partnership 2000 Program (P2K) sponsored a trip to Israel for first responders to observe operations of local police, fire, and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) departments. Jodi Kennedy, paramedic, of Monroe, NY, a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) was among the first responders who visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Acre, Nazareth, Galilee and Nahariya. One of the trip’s educational highlights included a stop at the West Galilee Hospital, which is underground. During the second Lebanese war in 2006, 700 patients were evacuated in one hour and lived there for 33 days, despite the hospital having been hit by a missile.

HUMC is a 775-bed teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. The medical center was recently ranked in five specialties including geriatric care, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics in U.S. News’s 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals. HUMC is the only New Jersey acute-care hospital to receive rankings in five specialties. For two years in a row, HealthGrades® named HUMC one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. This designation recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated superior clinical quality over a seven-year time period, based upon an analysis of more than 75 million Medicare patient records from 1999-2005. These hospitals have achieved better survival rates and lower complication rates across dozens of medical procedures and diagnoses, from cardiac care to orthopedic surgery, consistently ranking among the top five percent in the nation for overall clinical outcomes. HUMC is the only healthcare facility in New Jersey, New York, and New England to be named one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals in 2007 and 2008. Only one percent of the nation’s hospitals can make this claim.

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