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When an emergency arises, a complex procedure is needed or an annual physical is in order, health care providers in the township of East Brunswick are equipped to handle all of the above and so much more.

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge provides a growing array of health care services. With 113 beds, Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge has provided acute inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical care for nearly 40 years. Raritan Bay Medical Center prides itself on patient- and family-centered care, an approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. A state designated stroke center, Raritan Bay-Old Bridge is home to a fully integrated medical and surgical pavilion containing physician offices, a surgical suite, and outpatient testing; truly a single destination for every health care need. An additional medical arts building houses physicians specializing in family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, infectious disease, orthopedics, behavioral health, integrative health, and more.

Raritan Bay Medical Center administration is committed to meeting the health care needs of the community, including attracting the best physicians in needed specialties, providing essential clinical services, and adding leading-edge medical technologies. In recent years, several enhancements have launched at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, and planning is currently underway to complete a major emergency department expansion and facility renovation, with construction set to begin in 2019.

Raritan Bay-Old Bridge is home to the da Vinci Xi®, a robotic assisted surgical system that enables surgeons to operate through a few small incisions. Designed to further advance minimally invasive surgery, the da Vinci Xi® can be used across a broad spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures including gynecology, urology, thoracic, and general surgery including colorectal surgery. The da Vinci Xi® allows for just a single incision or three to four 8mm incisions so patients benefit from less scarring, less of a need for pain medication, and quicker recovery for a shorter hospital stay.

In light of the prevalence of diabetes and endocrine disorders in the community, Raritan Bay opened the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge. The Center provides screening, comprehensive care and management for a host of metabolic and endocrine disorders, including; diabetes, thyroid, PCOS, calcium, pituitary, adrenal disorders, low testosterone, hirsutism, and osteoporosis. It has been awarded the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for its high-quality diabetes self-management education program. The Center’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers includes two board certified endocrinologists, a certified nurse educator, and registered dietitian among others.

Rounding out Raritan Bay-Old Bridge’s host of services is the Center for Sleep Medicine, Center for Balance, Center for Women, Institute for Weight Loss providing medical and surgical options for weight loss, Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, and Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive orthopedic program.

With these services in place and more on the horizon, there is increasingly less reason for residents to travel far for expert health care. For more information about Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, visit www.rbmc.org. To find a physician and make an appointment, call 1(800) 560-9990.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick’s Comprehensive Stroke Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and its Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award – two of the highest honors that a center can receive from the organization for exceptional stroke care.

The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. RWJUH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health; get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

In addition, RWJUH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“This honor is testament to the unwavering commitment to quality, pursuit of innovation and implementation of the most current, best practices to deliver the best possible outcomes for stroke patients in our state,” explains Kiwon Lee, MD, Chief of Neurology at RWJUH and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Medical Director of the RWJUH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center. “We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized this commitment and we are equally proud to continue providing residents of our state the most advanced stroke care available anywhere in the nation.”

RWJUH’s Comprehensive Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission. Joint Commission certification recognizes those hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. RWJ underwent a rigorous on-site re-certification in the fall of 2017. Joint Commission experts reviewed RWJ’s compliance with the Comprehensive Stroke Center standards and requirements including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of specialized treatments, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for complex stroke patients.

To learn more about RWJUH, please visit www.rwjbh.org/newbrunswick. For a referral to a physician affiliated with RWJUH, please call 1 (888) MD-RWJUH. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/rwjuh and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RWJUH.

Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of the Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a non-profit, acute care facility sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a technologically advanced, 478-bed teaching hospital that provides a broad array of services including cardiology and emergency angioplasty, cancer care, diabetes, genetics, general and robotic surgery, orthopedics, and wound care, to name a few. Saint Peter’s has one of the most sophisticated maternity and midwifery programs in the area, delivering as many as 5,600 newborns each year. We treat more than 23,000 inpatients and 253,000 outpatients yearly, and nearly 68,000 in our adult and pediatric emergency departments.

As a state-designated acute care children’s hospital, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital offers a full range of specialized pediatric healthcare services, including one of the largest and most advanced neonatal intensive care units in the country as part of the hospital’s state-designation as a Regional Perinatal Center.

We care for 9,000 inpatients and more than 45,000 outpatients each year in our children’s hospital facilities and pediatric emergency department.

Saint Peter’s is only the fifth hospital in the world to earn Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence five times in a row from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Our intensive care and neonatal intensive care nurses have received the Beacon Award for excellence in critical-care nursing from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for the fifth and second consecutive times, respectively. Saint Peter’s is state-designated primary care stroke center and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Saint Peter’s cancer program and breast center are accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

Saint Peter’s is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and sponsors Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-approved residency programs in internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and pediatrics. n