FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Peyton Manning. Peyton, along with representatives from St. Vincent Evansville and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, today announced the extension of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital brand in the Tri-State and the opening of the new Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Emergency Room for Children.St. Vincent Evansville and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent have collaborated for years to care for the Tri-State’s youth. Providers from both facilities have worked together closely to share best practices among care teams to ensure patients receive the best pediatric care across Indiana. Expanding the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital brand to Evansville will continue to showcase this relationship. “I am so proud of the care teams at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent for their ongoing dedication and for providing exceptional care for children throughout the state and beyond. Indiana has and always will have a special place in my heart, and I am excited about the extension of the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital brand, and pediatric services and offerings in Evansville,” said Peyton Manning, former NFL quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos and two-time Super Bowl champion. “The pediatricians and staff should be commended for their commitment to quality, innovation and successful outcomes in pediatric care.” Soon, the Evansville community will notice the outpatient and inpatient pediatric facilities and services in Evansville and the surrounding areas will bear the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital logo. St. Vincent Evansville and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital will share processes, policies, and protocols to further enhance the quality of pediatric care across the state. St. Vincent Evansville will continue to provide patients in southwest Indiana with the very best pediatric care locally while enhancing ease of access to much needed pediatric specialty care. The statewide pediatric care teams have already been hard at work on this integration. Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital pediatricians specializing in endocrinology and orthopedics host regular clinics in Evansville. The St. Vincent Center for Children in Evansville is home to a full-time Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital pediatric gastroenterologist and a full-time pediatric neurologist as well as a world-renowned feeding program. In addition, the Center for Children is also recruiting for a second gastroenterologist and a pulmonologist, and the center is in the process of establishing a pediatric sleep medicine program. “When parents bring their kids to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital, they are entrusting us with the care of their loved ones so they should expect the best of everything — the best doctors, the best nurses, the absolute best,” said Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital President Dr. Hossain M. Marandi. “We are privileged to serve as the pediatric choice for Evansville and are excited about further expanding our specialized services to the community so that children can have greater access to excellent care, closer to home.”Emergency Room for ChildrenAs part of this statewide collaboration, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital will open its second emergency room on Aug. 15. The new emergency room for children is located on the campus of St. Vincent Evansville in a separate area, adjacent to the hospital’s existing emergency room. The new space will offer specialized pediatric emergency care closer to home for the residents of the Tri-State.“As the area’s only hospital verified as a Level II trauma center for both adult and pediatrics, St. Vincent Evansville has a long history of providing patients of all ages with the very best emergency care. With the opening of the new Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, we are providing even more specialized services and space for our youngest patients,” said Dan Parod, President of the Southern Region for St. Vincent Evansville.The Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital Emergency Room for Children in Evansville is staffed by nurse practitioners specially-trained in pediatrics, along with board-certified emergency medicine physicians. The team is well prepared to care for children with acute, chronic and complex illnesses. Children treated in the new emergency room will have access to follow-up care by the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital network of board-certified pediatric subspecialists who can treat some of the more acute and complex conditions and pediatricians who provide primary care for routine health and wellness. The newly designed space includes seven private treatment rooms and specialized equipment for the fast delivery of comprehensive emergency care. To reduce anxiety and minimize wait times, X-rays and results from lab tests will be offered to parents inside the emergency room. About St. VincentIn Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 24 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics serving central and southern Indiana and employs more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $323 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in the fiscal year 2018. Serving Indiana for 145 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. As one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S, Ascension operates more than 2,600 sites of care – including 151 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 21 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org. About Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. VincentPeyton Manning Children’s Hospital (PMCH) is a full service, dedicated children’s medical center, providing the highest quality, family-centered care to children and adolescents in the state of Indiana and beyond. PMCH has more than 160 licensed beds, which include a 23-bed pediatric intensive care unit, 17-bed Pediatric Emergency Department and a 97-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – the largest Level IV NICU in Indiana, providing the highest level of acute care, as established by the American Academy of Pediatrics. PMCH treats patients from all over the state, providing safe and streamlined critical care transport by ambulance and air. The hospital offers 24-hour on-site coverage by pediatric hospitalists, intensivists, neonatologists, and board-certified emergency physicians. PMCH is staffed by more than 100 experienced pediatric sub-specialists along with pediatric nurses, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, and other health professionals with a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to family-focused care. PMCH is part of Ascension, one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the United States. Key Facts About Unique Pediatric Service Offerings In Evansville:Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) – 31-bed capacityPerinatal Intensive Care Unit (PICU) – seven bedsPediatric inpatient room – 22-bed capacity Center for Children, which serves as a comprehensive outpatient care facility onsiteIntegrated psychology onsite at St. Vincent Evansville Center for ChildrenRegistered outpatient dietitian that integrates with pediatric specialists Pediatric neurologyPediatric orthopedicsResource Center that offers support groups, access to medical resources and to assist families with health care and other personal needsInternationally recognized and award-winning pediatric feeding programLevel II Certified Trauma CenterDouble board-certified pediatric neonatologists available 24/7 for children Emergency Room for Children Pediatric Diabetes Access Clinic Pediatric sensory playground for therapeutic service
Feds drop charges against MenendezThe U.S. Justice Department has dropped its corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.This decision came after a mistrial was declared in the proceedings against the New Jersey Democrat and co-defendant Salomon Melgen in November when the jury could not come to a verdict.The Justice Department refiled the charges earlier this month, but U.S. District Judge William Walls, who heard the original case, dismissed seven of the most serious charges against Menendez and Melgen. Walls said the trial had shown no evidence of wrongdoing in regards to Menendez accepting campaign contributions from Melgen.This left the lesser charges of Menendez accepting gifts and trips from Melgen. Menendez’s defense team was expected to request that the other charges also be dropped.But it appears the Justice Department decided the case was not worth pursuing and dropped the remaining charges against both men.“From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail,” Menendez said in response to the decision. “I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion. I thank God for hearing my prayers and for giving me strength during this difficult time. I have devoted my life to serving the people of New Jersey, and am forever thankful for all who have stood by me. No matter the challenges ahead, I will never stop fighting for New Jersey and the values we share.”The case could have had serious political implications. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate and Menendez faces reelection this fall.The two men were charged in a case that claimed Melgen had given Menendez significant campaign contributions as well as gifts and trips in exchange for helping in solving problems Melgen was having with several agencies of the federal government. Menendez has argued that he simply helped out a constituent.A number of local officials had urged the federal government to drop the case, from Rep. Albio Sires to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. Men sentenced in connection with largest fentanyl seizure in state historyTwo men have been sentenced to state prison in Connecticut in connection with a record-setting fentanyl seizure in North Bergen last year, according to the NJ Attorney General’s Office.On Jan. 26, a judge sentenced Jesus Carrillo-Pineda, 31, of Philadelphia, to 10 years in state prison. He was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and will serve a concurrent seven year sentence on a charge of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.Pineda was also charged in connection with the seizure of five fentanyl kilos, almost 40 kilos of heroin, and a smaller quantity of methamphetamine in Willingboro, which happened a day after the North Bergen seizure.Daniel Vasquez, 28, of Arizona, received a six year prison sentence Jan. 24, a press release said. He was charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute, a press release said. Both men pleaded guilty to their charges on Dec. 18.Officials seized 40 of the fentanyl kilos from the record bust in North Bergen, with the remaining five kilos seized in Willingboro.Fentanyl is known as one of the most dangerous opioids. It is 50 times more potent than heroin, and often can’t be counteracted with a narcan. According to the press release, fentanyl caused 417 fatal overdoses in the state in 2015. That number exceeded 800 in 2016.“Many lives were undoubtedly saved as a result of this record-setting fentanyl seizure by the New Jersey State Police,” said A.G Gurbir Grewal in the release.“The 100 pounds of fentanyl trafficked into our state by these drug dealers could have generated enough lethal doses to kill the entire populations of New Jersey and New York City combined. Because dealers use this super-potent opioid to boost heroin and create counterfeit oxy pills, drug users are left to play a deadly game of Russian roulette each time they give way to their addiction.” Hudson County Prosecutor uses new fatal collision unitThe Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office recently established a new Regional Fatal Collision Unit, in partnership with various local agencies.The new unit will include crime scene personnel from the prosecutor’s office equipped with the latest available collision technology software, along with a specially-equipped vehicle, an aerial drone, and newly acquired laser scanning and measuring equipment.A dedicated group of assistant prosecutors will be working with the unit and will be on call at all times.In 2017 there were 26 deaths caused by vehicle collisions in Hudson County. Of those, 18 (70 percent) were pedestrians or pedal cyclists. Due to the high rate of fatal collisions in the region, Suarez, along with police chiefs throughout the county, determined that citizens required highly trained detectives with the most up-to-date equipment at their disposal.Just one day after the Jan. 25 press conference announcing the implementation of the new unit, it was involved in the investigation and arrest of a suspected driver in a fatal hit-and-run in Jersey City.Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org. Weehawken Library reactivates use of the popular ‘hoopla’ digital serviceThe Weehawken Library has announced it will be able to reactivate use of the popular hoopla digital service for patrons, effective immediately.“Back in October, our consortium BCCLS was forced to eliminate the digital streaming service on a cooperative level and we had to suspend this amenity for our library patrons,” explained Leona M. Nersesian, president of the library Board of Trustees. “However, as a result of the funds raised at last year’s extremely successful Taste of Weehawken, we are delighted to once again be able to provide this extremely popular service for residents to enjoy.”A groundbreaking digital media service, hoopla allows library patrons to borrow thousands of titles of, eBooks, audiobooks, comics and more to enjoy on personal electronic devices such as computers, tablets, phones or TV. Titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.The reactivation of the hoopla service is one of several library services, amenities and upgrades available to patrons as a result of the fundraising through the annual Taste of Weehawken.