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The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) recognized Palisades Medical Center's Faith-Based Community Outreach Initiative with its 2011 Community Outreach Award for its unique and effective methods of reaching out to better serve the healthcare needs of area residents. The award was presented to representatives from Palisades Medical Center during the NJHA’s 92nd Annual Meeting on January 14 at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.
“Community benefit services and programs are an integral part of Palisades Medical Center’s mission,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of Palisades Medical Center. “We are proud that the NJHA has recognized Palisades’ staff, volunteers and community partners for the work that is being done everyday to improve the health and wellbeing of our neighbors.”
Palisades Medical Center’s Faith-Based Community Outreach Initiative takes a unique approach, breaking down service barriers for individuals and families that have ignored their healthcare needs because of economic, social and language barriers. The program works throughout the year in Palisades’ service area of more than 400,000 residents in Hudson and southern Bergen counties to bring free healthcare education, screening and affordable treatment referrals to local families within their places of worship. Free screenings offered to residents include blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, heart rate, body mass index/BMI, peak flow and pulse oximetery.
Palisades' partners in this initiative include North Hudson Community Action Corporation, Christ Hospital School of Nursing, and Hudson Perinatial Consortium. Palisades Medical Center’s community outreach and education programs are generously funded in part by Abbott Nutrition, the Aetna Foundation, The Provident Bank Foundation, Schering-Plough Corporation, TD Charitable Foundation, and Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.
“There has not been a strong tradition of emphasizing proper diet, exercise and preventative medicine in our lower-income, Hispanic communities. However, these communities possess a very strong spiritual component. For many, participation in religious activities is a central part of family and community life, receiving significant respect and attention. As a result, our Faith-Based Community Outreach Program has enjoyed great success, with screenings provided to more than 3,500 community members over the last year, and more than 550 people were referred for treatment to area clinics or local physicians,” said Markowitz.
For more information about Palisades’ Community Outreach Programs, visit www.palisadesmedical.org or call Joanne Riggs at (201) 854-5793.