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First in NJ: Endoscopy Procedure to Remove an Eroded Lap Band

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Paterson, NJ [November 5, 2012] — Lap band surgery is one of the safest weight loss surgeries available, but in 2−14 percent of patients, the device can erode into the stomach and cause pain and requires surgical removal. Sohail N. Shaikh, MD, at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, is the first physician in New Jersey to remove an eroded lap band using endoscopic technology, a nonsurgical intervention. To date, there has been only a handful such procedures done nationally.

 

A female patient from New Jersey had the lap band put in about six years ago. For the past year, she had been in pain and had difficulty eating. Her gastroenterologist confirmed the imbedded lap band with an endoscopy. Because of Dr. Shaikh's expertise in endoscopic procedures, he was asked to intervene.

 

Dr. Shaikh is an interventional gastroenterologist with extensive knowledge in internal medicine, bariatric and developmental gastroenterology, and advanced endoscopy. As one of the leaders in his field, he is able to address the very serious and life-threatening conditions that may occur due to bariatric surgery or complications from cancers or ulcers in the abdomen.

 

"By using minimally invasive techniques, the patient can go home earlier, in little if any pain, and with less risk of complications," says Dr. Shaikh. "In this case, using endoscopy and state-of-the-art techniques, we were able to remove the eroded lap band without major surgery, which would have meant days in the hospital and possibly weeks of recovery. The patient was home in less than 24 hours, ready to get back to her life—pain-free."

 

For more information about the full range of advanced gastroenterology services, including unique minimally invasive techniques available at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, please visit www.StJosephsHealth.org or call 877.757.SJHS (7547).

St. Joseph's Healthcare System Wins Advertising Awards

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JSPRAA resizedPATERSON, NJ [November 5, 2012] - The Public Relations and Marketing Department at St. Joseph's Healthcare System received two awards at the 38th Annual Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association (JSPRAA) Awards ceremony held recently in Holmdel. The JASPER Awards honor the region's brightest performers in Advertising, Public Relations and Design.

 

"We are proud to be recognized among the region's best for our advertising efforts," said Nancy Collins, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for St. Joseph's Healthcare System. "St. Joseph's is committed to providing sophisticated leading edge quality care to our patients and I'm pleased that our department's work reflects this passion."

 

St. Joseph's garnered a Gold Award for its St. Joseph's Children's Hospital print ad and a Silver Award for its Critical Care Building free standing newspaper insert. Both submissions were judged for creativity, concept, copy, artwork, effectiveness in reaching the target audience, and overall messaging.

David Incorvaia and Nino Asani Saluted at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center 36th Annual Charity Ball

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PulseLogo copyPATERSON, NJ [OCTOBER 18, 2012] – The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is honored to announce that David Incorvaia (resident of Hardyston, NJ) and Nino Asani (resident of Pequannock, NJ) of Pulse Medical Transportation, were the recipients of the 2012 William F. Johnson Award for Community Service, at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation's 36th Annual Charity Ball held on Saturday, October 27th at Gotham Hall in New York City. Mr. Incorvaia and Mr. Asani were selected for their remarkable commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.

 

As President and Vice President of Pulse Medical Transportation (respectively), David Incorvaia and Nino Asani have been strong supporters and friends of St. Joseph's Healthcare System since founding Pulse together in 2001. St. Joseph's Healthcare System is extremely proud to honor their steadfast commitment to our medical center and community.

 

Today, Pulse is the premier medical transportation provider in Northern New Jersey with over 60 vehicles in service and 210 employees, including a licensed Physician Medical Director and a cadre of 30 full-time registered nurses.

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Manny E. Christakos, MD, Honored at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center 36th Annual Charity Ball

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Christakos 1PATERSON, NJ [OCTOBER 18, 2012] – The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) Foundation, the fundraising arm of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ, is honored to announce that Manny E. Christakos, MD, was presented with the prestigious Kendrick P. Lance, MD Distinguished Physician Award during the 36th Annual Charity Ball on October 27th. This year's event was held at Gotham Hall in New York City.

 

Dr. Christakos was selected for this award due to his key role as a physician-leader and outstanding efforts on behalf of St. Joseph's. He joined the Medical Staff of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in 1980 and since then has been an integral member of the institution as one of the System's most distinguished physicians and surgeons.

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Blessing and Unveiling of Restored St. Vincent Stained Glass Window at St. Joseph's Healthcare System

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SJRMC StainedGlassGracesLobby 03The 113-year-old stained glass window depiction of St. Vincent de Paul caring for a sick patient serves as a beautiful daily reminder of the mission of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, to render quality healthcare in Northern New Jersey with a special concern for the poor and underserved. The patron saint of charity and all charitable societies and volunteers, St. Vincent de Paul dedicated his life to caring specifically for the poor.PATERSON, NJ [OCTOBER 10, 2012] – St. Joseph's Healthcare System celebrated the feast of St. Vincent de Paul this year with the blessing of a 113-year-old stained glass window depiction of St. Vincent caring for a sick patient. The patron saint of charity and all charitable societies and volunteers, St. Vincent dedicated his life to caring specifically for the poor. The monument serves as a beautiful daily reminder of the mission of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, to render quality healthcare in Northern New Jersey with a special concern for the poor and underserved. The blessing ceremony at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson brought together speakers from St. Joseph's Healthcare System, the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth of New Jersey, as well as the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul of New York symbolizing how the work of St. Vincent and his message can bring together different groups all dedicated to a similar mission of caring.

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