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Women For Health Funding to Create Valley 3D Printing Lab

Ridgewood, New Jersey November 26, 2018 On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, more than 60 Women For Health (WFH) members gathered at The Hill, Michelin-star Chef Ben Pollinger’s new restaurant in Closter, for their Annual Meeting to vote on the designation of their collective gift to Valley. Since its inception in 2011, total donations from Women for Health have amounted to more than $900,000. This year, the WFH members allocate their collective gift to establish a cutting edge 3-Dimensional (3D) Printing Core Lab Program at The Valley Hospital.

Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Director of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, leads a team of electrophysiologists who are recognized for their inter-disciplinary management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Creating and printing patient-specific models allows clinicians to look at a patient’s specific anatomy and practice on the customized model prior to surgery.

“The use of this modern technology is helping us be better prepared for procedures such as left atrial appendage closure which can significantly reduce surgery time and lead to better outcomes,” Dr. Mittal says.

3D printing is a novel technology proven to be exceptionally helpful in enhancing diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, especially in the management for cardiovascular interventions, neurosurgical interventions, orthotics and prosthetics. It creates an increased understanding of complex anatomical relationships, and allows healthcare workers to stay innovative by adding an additional layer of patient-specific care.

Establishing a 3D Printing Core Lab program at Valley will have a tremendous and immediate impact on the management of many disciplines. Valley’s robust advanced cardiac imaging program is under the leadership of Dr. Himanshu Gupta, a National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher with knowledge of advanced analytical techniques for successful implementation of the 3D imaging program.

“With the installation of a 3D printing lab at Valley, we will be in a position to offer cutting-edge solutions which currently are restricted to limited centers (in the country),” Dr. Gupta says. “This will enhance patient understanding of their disease process and improve planning for invasive procedures for the best clinical outcomes."

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health has grown from 30 charter members to its current membership of more than 160 women, primarily from Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to assist Valley Health System in providing the best possible healthcare. Each year the members gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of female philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.

Danielle Gaglioti, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Valley’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Department and Associate Chair for Valley Medical Group Cardiology; Dr. Himanshu Gupta, National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher; David J. Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Julie Epstein, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation