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March 10, 2021

Exceptional Care Comforts Diabetic Wound Care Patient During a Critical Time

Carlos Inacio, 57, of West Orange, was getting ready to head out on a Labor Day weekend trip to Lake George when a mild wound on his left foot became severely infected. Due to his diabetes, as well as intense swelling of his foot and leg, Inacio rushed to Hack...

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February 16, 2021

Turning a Challenging Experience Into a Positive New Initiative

Our purpose is caring for people, and while our mission is always top of mind, sometimes – despite our best efforts – patients leave our care with an experience below expectations. So, when Kiamesha Washington came to Hackensack Meridian Mountainsi...

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December 11, 2020

A Picture Worth A Thousand Words

Florey Cruz-Cerpa is a healthcare professional at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center. Like her colleagues, she took to Facebook this spring to share stories of uncertainty, exhaustion and solidarity with her peers. She hoped her stories would serv...

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June 25, 2020

Hearts of Hope

With only essential staff being able to come into the hospital, Sydney Topf, a junior volunteer at Mountainside Medical Center, wasn’t able to work in the Transitional Care Unit. With time on her hands and looking for a way to give back, Sydney learned a...

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May 08, 2020

Recovered COVID-19 Patient Grateful for Care at Mountainside Medical Center

On March 28, 2020, Anthony Idone, Jr. of Belleville, New Jersey started to feel very tired, weak, and was coughing incessantly. His wife said to call the doctor, who prescribed him a medication. Two days later, Anthony still felt terrible. They decided to go t...

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January 30, 2020

Heart Attack Symptoms Can Vary: Chris Armstrong’s Story of Survival and Recovery

Pain, tightness in the chest and numbness down one arm – these are the symptoms that come to mind when we hear “heart attack.” So when Chris Armstrong felt overwhelming nausea and dizziness, leaving him too weak to even leave the shower, he d...

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October 23, 2019

Mountainside Nurse Donates Her Kidney to Give a Stranger a Second Chance at Life

Every year there are around 6,000 kidney transplants performed in the United States. As wonderful as that number is, there are still 93,000 people waiting on a kidney, either from a deceased individual or a living donor. Jean Sime of Wayne, New Jersey was one ...

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May 20, 2019

Double Hip Replacements Gives Mountainside Nurse New Outlook

Annie Mueller has been a nurse at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center since 1992. In recent years, she started experiencing intense hip pain. “Being a nurse, I was afraid to have the issue addressed because I knew what I was likely go...

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April 01, 2019

Stroke Care at Mountainside Medical Center Leads Woman to Successful Recovery

The morning of Christmas Eve 2018, Barbara Donahue was getting ready for her family’s annual dinner. “Around 10 a.m., I told someone sitting nearby that I was starting to get a headache and my eye was hurting, which I thought was very strange,&rdq...

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March 25, 2019

New Jersey Police Officer Gets New Lease on Life Following Heart Attack

On June 5, 2014, Sergeant Fred Arnold’s day started out just like any other day. “That morning, my police department was participating in our bi-annual weapons qualifications training at the Essex County Police Academy’s Shooting Range,&rdqu...

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