• August 07, 2018

    From the Ground Up: Building Mountainside Medical Center’s Lactation Program

    Laurie Barbalinardo and Tish Buggeln are two very recognizable faces around the town of Montclair, New Jersey, whether they’re at the grocery store or walking to work. Laurie and Tish started Mountainside Medical Center’s breastfeeding lactation program over twenty years ago, in October of 1998.

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  • July 26, 2018

    Creative Grilling For Your Health

    You’ve made burgers, lick-your-fingers ribs, and crushed your Fourth of July BBQ, but don’t hang up those grill tongs just yet. There are still several more weeks of warm weather and many more recipes to try out. 

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  • May 22, 2018

    Oncology Nurses Month: I Have a Dream

    I have a dream…

    Each oncology patient is one unique individual. To best serve the needs of this one patient we should be one team

    One team that works to discover the cause of their disease

    One team that creates a plan for an optimal outcome as defined by this one patient and family

    One team that supports them mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially

    One team that provides comprehensive treatment education that allows them to understand what they will experience and how best to deal with it and that we are always only a call away

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  • April 27, 2018

    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 28, 2018

    “America is going through a huge drug epidemic,” says Karen Palatella, VP CQCO at Mountainside Medical Center.  “Many drug addictions and overdoses begin with prescription pills,” she continues. 
    Leaving leftover pills in your medicine cabinet is not safe. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study reported that the majority of abused prescription drugs were retrieved from friends or family, and often right from the medicine cabinets in their homes.  
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  • March 08, 2018

    Tips on How to Prevent Memory Loss

    The human brain has the capacity to learn new information and improve memory at any age. This is known as Neuroplasticity. Based on clinical studies a diet that includes antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables can protect the brain from cell damage. Diet’s high in saturated fats like fatty and or processed foods can increase the risk of memory loss and dementia. Physical exercise can increase blood flow to the brain which will allow the increase of nutrients such as oxygen and glucose to the brain cell.
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  • February 26, 2018

    Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle to Prevent Heart Disease

    For American Heart Month, we spoke to Dr. Ankitkumar Patel, interventional cardiologist and the director of the Cardiac catheterization laboratory at Mountainside Medical Center to discuss his thoughts on the importance of this month. “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in men and women in the United States,” shares Dr. Patel. “Many of the problems (heart attacks, strokes and heart failure) can be prevented with lifestyle changes and increasing awareness.

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  • January 30, 2018

    The Importance of Cervical Cancer Awareness and Prevention

    For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Mountainside Medical Group OB/GYN, Dr. Vanessa Parisi, why she thinks spreading awareness and prevention of cervical cancer is so important. “There has been a drastic decrease in the number of cervical cancer cases and cervical related deaths because of pap smears and HPV vaccines,” Dr. Parisi shares. “But there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in our country where we have so many resources available to us.”

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  • January 29, 2018

    Moving with Heart

    Did you know, according to the CDC, about 610,000 people die of heart disease each year? That’s 1 in 4 deaths due to an unhealthy heart. Many factors play a role in keeping your heart healthy. A major influence is physical activity. Being physically inactive increases your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke by 50%. Just like all the other muscles in your body, your heart needs exercise in order to get and stay strong. A strong heart is more efficient when pumping blood through the body. Being active is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your heart.

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  • January 29, 2018

    Cooking With Heart

    Of course that side of fries sounds much more tempting than a side of fresh fruit, but let’s all try to make a healthy change in our diets and protect our future selves. A good diet is a major component in keeping your heart healthy. Excessive amounts of bad foods leads to high cholesterol and clogged arteries (atherosclerosis). When your arteries are clogged, it restricts blood flow to and from the heart causing a heart attack. Start caring for your heart the way it cares for you, and eat foods that will help you do so.

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  • January 12, 2018

    BLOG: From the Bedside - Rounding Formula for Superior Patient Care

    Patients like to know someone is watching over them and truly cares about them.As part of its patient focused commitment to medical excellence, Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center has implemented Highly Reliable Rounding (HRR), a multi-disciplinary approach to bedside rounding that delivers improved care coordination, patient-centered care and team building, and better patient outcomes.  In patients that receive HHR, the procedures have resulted in patient satisfaction rates of greater than 90% in 2017.

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