August 24, 2016
Riverview Medical Center, a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, was named as an Affiliate Treatment Center by the National Lymphedema Network. An Affiliated Treatment Center is a center in which more than one therapist is a certified lymphedema therapist, and is properly trained to successfully treat and manage Lymphedema affecting various parts of the body.
Lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling, is most commonly caused by the removal of, or damage to, lymph nodes as part of cancer treatment. It generally occurs in a patient’s arm or leg and is treated in a variety of ways, including complex physical therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, massage, exercise, compression stockings, bandaging, or pneumatic pumps.
“Lymphedema can be a challenging condition to treat,” says Jorge F. Corzo, M.D., medical director of Meridian Rehabilitation. “Treatment varies based upon the severity of the case and so a person with a mild case of lymphedema could see results in just one session, whereas someone with a severe case may be treated for months before noticing progress. Having therapists who are trained to know how to treat each level is incredibly important and we are thrilled to be recognized by the National Lymphedema Network for this achievement.”
The goal of lymphedema therapy is to restore function, prevent infection, and reduce suffering both physically and psychologically. With the opening of the new Meridian Cancer Care center at Riverview in October, patients undergoing cancer treatments, and who may be plagued by lymphedema, will be able to treat both their cancer and lymphedema in one location.
“Patients undergoing cancer treatments have enough to worry about without needing to travel to multiple locations to treat the many side effects that accompany a cancer diagnosis,” says Timothy Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. “It’s important to house as many services as possible in one place to help reduce stress, lessen the amount of time spent traveling to and from appointments, and to keep them close to family and friends. We’re thrilled that our therapists are lymphedema certified and are thankful to the National Lymphedema Network for naming us as an Affiliated Treatment Center.”
To become an affiliate member, a hospital or rehabilitation center must submit an application to the National Lymphedema Network and include documentation of professional licenses, training certifications, and LANA certifications.
About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.