Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Awarded 2019 Bronze Steward Award by the New Jersey Department of Health

January 16, 2020

William DiStanislao, vice president, Operations; Jane O’Rourke, chief nursing officer; James Barna, director, Pharmacy and Thomas Shanahan, chief hospital executive, Raritan Bay Medical Center, gather together in recognition of the Bronze Steward Award by the New Jersey Department of Health.

Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center is pleased to announce its Antimicrobial Stewardship Program was awarded the 2019 Bronze Steward by the New Jersey Department of Health. Raritan Bay Medical Center received this recognition for its dedication to antimicrobial stewardship at the New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative Annual Conference earlier this month.

“We are proud to achieve this recognition from the New Jersey Department of Health,” said Thomas Shanahan, chief hospital executive, Raritan Bay Medical Center. “We are committed to providing the highest quality and safe care to our patients.”

Antimicrobial stewardship refers to a set of The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program recognizes excellence, encourages the development of more stewardship programs and gives much-needed recognition of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs. Based on the level of difficulty of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs interventions, hospitals are awarded either the Gold, Silver or Bronze Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Raritan Bay Medical Center is a team collaboration between Infectious Disease and Pharmacy. The goal of the program is to optimize antibiotic use, ensuring the right antibiotic is used for the right patient and for an appropriate duration.

The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program was launched by the New Jersey Department of Health’s Communicable Disease Service (CDS) in 2019. The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program acknowledges programs that they have met or exceeded the minimum criteria for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship. The CDC’s Core Elements of Antimicrobial Stewardship is considered the blueprint for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.
For more information about Raritan Bay Medical Center, please visit www.rbmc.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center
For more than 100 years, Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge have provided a full continuum of health care services to residents of Central Jersey. Raritan Bay Medical Center is one of less than one percent of hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition, the “Gold Standard” for nursing practice, quality, and safety in patient care, four times. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Raritan Bay Medical Center as high performing in Orthopedics, Nephrology, COPD and Heart Failure.

The medical center is a New Jersey state designated Primary Stroke Center and recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing optimal treatment of stroke patients. Raritan Bay is also a recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the AHA’s Heart Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award recognizing high-quality care of patients experiencing a severe heart attack.

The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, provides the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as other metabolic and endocrine disorders. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive orthopedic program, and Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Center for Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy, both specializing in weight loss surgery. As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive health networks, patients have access to advanced specialized services with a seamless continuum of care, close to home.

For more information, visit www.rbmc.org. To make an appointment for an outpatient test or treatment, call 732-324-5270. For a free physician referral, call 1-800-560-9990.