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Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Receives Significant Depression Recertification

Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only two depression programs in the United States and the only program in New Jersey to receive this prestigious certification

The Joint Commission recently recertified Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center’s depression program in Disease-Specific Care for another two years.  Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only two depression programs in the United States and the only depression program in New Jersey to receive this designation.

“As one of only two hospitals in the nation with a depression certification from the Joint Commission, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is leading the way in addressing and treating depression,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Hackensack University Medical Center’s integrated approach is a national model that will revolutionize the way we treat and help patient’s manage depression by emphasizing wellness rather than medication.  This national distinction confirms that the care team at Hackensack University Medical Center is a pioneer in their field, committed to transforming lives and reshaping the way we address mental health in this country.”

Hackensack University Medical Center first received the Joint Commission’s depression certification in 2008.  A representative from the Joint Commission recertifies depression programs every two years through an extensive review process that consists of an onsite visit.  The Joint Commission examines broad criteria to determine if the depression program is meeting the commission’s rigorous standards including examining: patient records, indicators, medical data, team member interviews, team member credentials and five cases that have a depression diagnosis.

“Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to receive the Joint Commission’s depression recertification for another two years,” said Diego Coira, M.D., FAPA, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, medical director of Integrative Medicine and co-director of the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Behavioral Health and Wellness at Hackensack University Medical Center.  “Hackensack University Medical Center embraces a unique integrative approach to psychiatry that incorporates wellness, nutrition, therapy, alternative medicine, music therapy, art and yoga in our programs.  This integrative approach enables us to use only a minimal amount of medication for our patients and has become a national model that will help transform behavioral health standards.”

Hackensack University Medical Center has a nationally recognized behavioral health program that uses an integrated care model to treat depression.  Hackensack University Medical Center the only psychiatric department in New Jersey and one of a few programs in the country that has established an integrated care model.  The department has been invited to present this model in national and international conferences. This integrated model of care was established in 2004 under the leadership of Midge Grady, MSN, RN, APN-C, administrative director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, administrative director of Integrative Medicine and co-director of the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Behavioral Health and Wellness and Dr. Coira.  In addition, Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the only hospitals in the State of New Jersey that prioritizes mental health by ensuring a psychiatrist is available to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Hackensack University Medical Center developed a unique, forward-thinking Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine that utilizes integrated modalities like nutrition, exercise and wellness to reduce the excessive use of medication to treat depression.  The typical patient suffering from depression comes to Hackensack University Medical Center on an average of 4.5 medications, but once they leave are only taking, on average, 1.5 medications.

Hackensack Meridian Health is incorporating the best practices that contributed to receiving this national distinction and is in the process of expanding services, capabilities, resources and programs across its network.  The health system is continuing to innovate and increase access to care for patients and families of all ages.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.

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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.