Health System News
Introducing Catholic Health East New Jersey
Last fall, Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark joined Catholic Health East, the Lourdes Health System's parent organization. With this acquisition came the formation of Catholic Health East New Jersey (CHE-NJ). This new division includes Saint Michael's, the Lourdes Health System--including Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County in Willingboro--and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.
"Our hospitals will now be serving three of the state's major cities and will constitute the state's largest Catholic healthcare system," said Alexander J. Hatala, president and CEO of the Lourdes Health System and CHE-NJ. Each affiliate of CHE-NJ retains its local management and governance while benefiting from some key economic and operational efficiencies and shared services.
"The Franciscan roots of our New Jersey hospitals have helped shape the firm foundation for their partnership," said Hatala. "Our hospitals share a long-standing commitment to delivering the best in care to our state's most vulnerable and underserved populations. This commitment will continue to be strengthened through close collaboration and best practices and models for care."
Liver Program Receives CMS Approval
The Liver Transplant Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is now approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to perform transplants on Medicare recipients.
This approval indicates that Lourdes has developed a high-quality transplant program that meets rigorous standards. As part of its review, CMS extensively examined the program's patient survival rates. Results indicated that patients who receive a liver transplant at Lourdes have a one-year survival rate of about 95 percent, which is higher than the expected rate of about 90 percent. Lourdes is the only organ transplantation center south of New Brunswick and one of only two in New Jersey performing liver transplants.
Lourdes Burlington Liver Program Receives CMS Approval Accredited for Brain Test
An electroencephalogram (EEG) is a test that detects problems in the electrical activity of the brain. It is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions, including seizure disorders, head injuries, tumors, infections and Alzheimer's disease.
Patients using the EEG lab at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County can rest assured that they are receiving the best possible care. The lab recently received accreditation by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board of the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET).
ABRET's lab accreditation process involves evaluating the technology, the quality of the laboratory's output and any lab management issues. Successful accreditation means the EEG lab at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County has met a series of strict standards.