• June 03, 2019

    Choosing to Have Bariatric Surgery Proves to be Positive for New Jersey Woman

    As a young adult, Olivia Davis was in great physical shape and had always lived a very health conscious lifestyle. After giving birth to her daughter in the 1990s, she found it hard to maintain that lifestyle.

    “I went through a series of bad events in my 40s which contributed to my weight gain,” said Olivia. “I had to have a hysterectomy, foot surgery on both feet and knee and shoulder surgeries to fix injuries sustained from a car accident.”

    Even though Olivia was still physically active whenever possible, she continued to gain weight.

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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 going to have to undergo a hip replacement,” said Mueller.

    After a vacation with her husband, Mueller knew something had to be done.

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  • May 02, 2019

    Why Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Medication is Dangerous

    Mixing prescription drugs with alcohol may lead to possible overdose, damage to the body, and even death. The National Council on Patient Information and Education warns consumers that “alcohol interacts with as many as 150 medications and can cause them to not work effectively.” Alcohol combined with prescription drugs can counteract the purpose and effectiveness of your medication. Combining alcohol with your prescription may also induce the drug to create an even more harmful effect on the body. Prescription misuse mixed with alcohol consumption can occur more frequently than expected.

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  • April 15, 2019

    Wound Treatment at Mountainside Medical Center

    The Wound Care Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center is a leader in Northern New Jersey in treating patients with stubborn wounds. Individuals living with diabetes are particularly prone to slow-healing and related risks when they experience a wound, especially foot wounds. To learn more about how wounds are treated, Lauren Danzi, RN, BSN, WCC, manager of the Wound Care Center, is telling us more, as well as sharing general foot health practices.

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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,” said Donahue. “My oldest son turned to look at me and said something to which I thought I responded normally. It turns out I wasn’t making any sense with my responses and my son knew something wasn’t right.”

    The rest of Donahue’s family agreed that something was wrong so they called 911 immediately.

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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,” said Arnold. “After we finished up I made a quick stop before making my way back to police headquarters. At the time, I was on administrative duty so I didn’t go out on the road much, but I was driving my patrol car.”

    Within minutes of starting his drive back to police headquarters, Arnold passed out and crashed his patrol car.

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  • March 20, 2019

    The Importance of Regular Colonoscopies

    March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a reminder to all about the importance of regular colonoscopies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death for both men and women. Even so, 90 percent of people who are diagnosed through early detection can be cured.

    Colon cancer typically develops with no symptoms. Undergoing a colonoscopy at age 50 is recommended for most people to fully assess risk. 

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  • March 15, 2019

    The Importance of Patient Safety

    At Mountainside Medical Center, the safety of our patients and their families is top priority and is something we encourage all of our staff members to take seriously. Jill Ryan, Manager, Emergency Management and Safety Officer at Mountainside Medical Center, is speaking about the ways in which we strive to keep our patients safe and what we are working on to enhance the physical environment of the hospital to best support patient care.

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  • March 05, 2019

    Bariatric Surgery Leads to Better Health for New Jersey Woman

    Since the age of 18, Audrey Gholston had struggled with her weight.

    “Like a lot of women, I started gaining weight after I had my first child,” said Gholston. “I tried different weight loss methods but I always gained back any weight that I had lost.”

    After more than a decade of weight problems, she started experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath so she began seeing a cardiologist.

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