Office of Secretary of Defense gives HRH the “Patriotic Employer Award”

Meanwhile, the hospital has recently earned a B+ grade from a hospital watchdog group

Dr. Jose Loor presents the award to Hudson Regional Hospital Chairman Yan Moshe and CEO Dr. Nizar Kifaieh. Photo courtesy of Hudson Regional Hospital.

On behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Dr. Jose Loor presented Hudson Regional Hospital at 55 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus and its Chairman of the Board Yan Moshe with the Patriotic Employer Award. The award was presented to the hospital on June 7 for supporting the armed services’ reserves and guard during the COVID-19 crisis.

Loor is a captain for the 7207th Medical Support Unit of the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps. He is also a podiatric foot and ankle doctor who practices at Hudson Regional Hospital and at his private practice, DeLoor Podiatry.

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Hudson Regional Hospital extended Loor’s privileges throughout his mobilization with the U.S. Army Reserves Medical Service Corps and provided other support in order to lessen the impacts of the pandemic for Hudson County armed service personnel.

“I want to recognize the hospital here for helping support my privileges here, especially during the COVID-19 times where I was mobilized… as well as serving our community through private practice.” Loor said. “This award is for the hospital, but also in special recognition to Chairman of the Board, Mr. Yan Moshe, for his support of the armed services… I’m here as part of the Department of Defense to help issue this award to the hospital and to Mr. Yan, recognizing his support for the reserves and the guard, especially during the COVID crisis.”

Loor then officially presented Moshe with the Patriotic Employer Award. Following that, Kifaieh spoke briefly about Loor’s work.

“We met Dr. Loor a couple years ago,” Kifaieh said. We were impressed by all that he has done in his private practice. He has a very thriving practice that he built himself… We appreciate and recognize all you do here at the hospital.”

Kifaeih continued, touting the hospital’s recent awards: “We were the first hospital to start drive-through testing, which was later on adopted by the county to be the first testing site in northern New Jersey. That took a lot of guts, that took a lot of preparation for a hospital that was just in existence for two years. After that, we of course put a lot of effort into rebuilding the hospital. We’ve received multiple recognitions here as a hospital, the most recent of which is related to the Institute of Robotic Surgery… and multiple other designations and recognitions as well. Every recognition is special to us… We will continue to thrive and do more for our community and the people we serve and the people that serve us.”

Leapfrog grades

Speaking of awards, or rather grades in this case, in May, the hospital earned a B-rating from The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital and Surgery Center Ratings for the first time in the facility’s history. For more than 20 years, The Leapfrog Group has collected, analyzed, and published hospital data on safety and quality in order to push the health care industry forward.

Hudson Regional Hospital received a B rating, akin to RWJBarnabas Health’s Jersey City Medical Center, and behind Hackensack Meridian Health’s Palisades Medical Center receiving an A grade. Meanwhile, CarePoint Health’s three hospitals: Bayonne Medical Center, Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital, received a C rating.

“We made the decision to file with Leapfrog immediately upon taking over ownership in 2018 despite knowing that our rating would reflect the previous owner’s performance,” Dr. Nizar Kifaieh, President and CEO of Hudson Regional Hospital said referring to Leapfrog’s two-year lag between data collection and analysis.  “We knew we would initially receive D-ratings because that was consistent with the ratings that the previous owner received before discontinuing to file, but we also knew that we were securing the right staff and implementing the latest best practices which would earn us better ratings moving forward. Through the hard work of our dedicated staff, a D quickly became a C which is now a B and we are thankful to everyone on our staff for making that happen.”

Hudson Regional Hospital continues its mission to earn an A from the prestigious healthcare safety watchdog, according to Kifaieh.

“Every healthcare institution should be measured by its success in providing patients with the best possible outcomes,” said Kifaieh. “We are committed to transparency in performance reporting because only a third party such as Leapfrog can assure patients of the relative quality of healthcare institutions. We look forward to future advancements in our rating that will reflect the quality of care already being achieved at our hospital.”

Other recent awards

In addition to this new designation by The Leapfrog Group, Hudson Regional Hospital was also recently named a Primary Stroke Center by the NJ Department of Health. Its Institute for Robotic Surgery also received the first-ever accreditation from the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) for Excellence in Care in Spine Surgery and its Spine Surgery Division will be the standard for all SRC future reviews.

Physician Assistant Kaitlyn Probasco was also recently awarded the Care Specialist Accreditation, becoming the second SRC-accredited practitioner following Dr. Yitzhack Asulin, Director of the IRS and its Director of the Female Pelvic Reconstruction and Robotic Surgery. Asulin is also the only master surgeon in the Tri-State area, according to Hudson Regional Hospital.

For more information about Hudson Regional Hospital, visit www.hudsonregionalhospital.com or call 201.392.3100.

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