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    FUNDING SPOTLIGHT!

 This page highlights areas where The Valley Hospital Foundation is currently focusing its larger fundraising efforts, due to assessment of the department's need, an increase in incidence in a disease state, changes in the environment or community, etc.   

 

Population Health Aims at Improving Care, Cost and Health

The term "Population Health" encompassess so much in today's health care environment, but within Valley Health System, it is linked to three main goals —  improving the patient’s experience, lowering the cost of care, and improving the health of this northern New Jersey population.  
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Valley's Wing of Compassion Program for Patients Suffering from Perinatal Loss The VHC Butterflies program is expanding its services to include this demographic of patients suffering from perinatal loss, called the Butterflies Wings of Compassion program.  There is nothing like this service anywhere within Bergen or the neighboring counties, or even within the state of New Jersey.  

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 The Valley Hospital's Mother/Baby Unit Renovations
The Center for Childbirth offers a family-centered approach to the childbirth experience in a relaxed, flexible and comforting environment.  These outstanding facilities are staffed by Valley Hospital's dedicated team of anesthesiologists, gynecologists/obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists, perinatologists, pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, specially trained certified holistic nurses, nurses and lactation consultants. These professionals work together to ensure the most comprehensive care for our patients and their families.

The 35 active obstetricians at the Center for Childbirth deliver more than 3,400 infants each year.  In order to provide comparable amenities to all of our new parents admitted, renovations are underway to relocate the Bergen 3 post-partum rooms to be in the same building as the rest of the Mother/Baby unit, on Cheel 4.  This rearrangement, which will result in 19 private beds on each floor, will unify this space physically, and offer an enhanced patient experience to all of the families who choose Valley.  Each of these 38 rooms will have a private shower, and are appropriately furnished and stylishly accented to instill a comfortable, hotel-like atmosphere, include HDTV, an individual thermostat, sleeper-sofa for overnight visitors, and use of mobile phone technology.

 

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Valley Medical Group's Center for Integrative Medicine  

  In 2015, the Valley Hospital opened The Center for Integrative Medicine located at 1200 E. Ridgewood Avenue in Ridgewood, where the staff believes that the mind and body naturally incline towards health and wellbeing. However, when the capacity for resilience is exceeded, illness is the result.  By restoring balance, for instance, through good nourishment, both physical and psychological, and getting rid of what is causing the imbalances, then health and wellbeing re-emerge.  Working with patients to achieve their goals and helping them optimize their wellness is the goal at the Center. 

The number of people suffering from complex, chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and psoriasis continue to rise.  Therefore, this comprehensive integrative approach to patient care is becoming more recognized in the healthcare setting. Patients are seeking to enhance the benefits of traditional western medicine by incorporating an integrative approach where the clinician works with that individual’s specific conditions, and they partner in rolling back the chronic disease and achieving wellness. 

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 Healthy LifeWays: Addressing the Pediatric Obesity Epidemic

Obesity is not just a national problem; it is a local one.  Nearly 25% of adolescents from the Garden State are overweight or obese, and if the prevalence continues to increase at the current pace, nearly half of New Jersey adults will be obese in 2030.  The Valley Hospital is committed to combatting this epidemic through an important new initiative, Healthy Lifeways: Valley’s Center for Pediatric Wellness & Weight Management Program.

In this one-of-a-kind endeavor, The Valley Hospital staff is working in collaboration with community pediatricians to help prevent and treat obesity in patients through inspiring and educating these children to lead healthy and productive lives.  Healthy LifeWays is an 8- to 12-week comprehensive medical/behavioral health care program with continued maintenance support as needed for obese children and adolescents who have a BMI at or above the 95th percentile for their age and weight. Children and teens who are at or above the 85th percentile and have an associated medical risk or family history of chronic disease can also join Healthy LifeWays. This program is an in-network service for most health insurance plans. The program includes a comprehensive medical evaluation, a psychological/behavioral evaluation, and nutrition evaluation/counseling. 

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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program

Many children have mental health problems that interfere with normal development, school, social and home life, despite the best efforts of competent and well-intentioned parents and caregivers. Anxiety and depression are treatable, but 80% of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder and 60% of kids with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report. One of the biggest barriers reported to obtaining care for these children and adolescents is cost: many of these families cannot afford the psychiatric counseling, which can reach up to $300 an hour and oftentimes is not fully reimbursable. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program ensures that many families in this community in need of this care will not be turned away. A therapist/social worker is assigned to each young patient, and coordinates all aspects of care along with a team of specialists in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Nursing. This team collaborates to address the patient’s and family’s needs and may include individual, group or medication therapy; parent counseling; substance abuse or drug use intervention; school consultation and/or psychological testing.   

  

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