In the ever-changing landscape of health care, Capital Health and its physicians continue to advance patient care and remain a trusted health care provider in Central New Jersey and Lower Bucks County, PA.
“Instead of travelling to major urban centers like Philadelphia or New York City, people who live and work in our community are finding high quality care right here at Capital Health. Our growing medical staff of more than 800 primary and specialty care physicians guide the area’s largest and most diverse line-up of medical services,” said Capital Health President and Chief Executive Officer Al Maghazehe.
Capital Health continues to make significant investments in technology and facilities, but according to its Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eugene McMahon, it takes the right people to raise the bar for quality care and bring medical innovations to the region.
“As we advance medical care for our area, providing state-of-the-art technology and facilities are only part of the story. Our medical staff makes the difference, delivering innovative care to our patients every day, guiding our focus on what new programs are needed and the best way for patients and referring physicians to access them,” said Dr. McMahon.
One example of this is how Capital Health has significantly expanded its Cancer Center program in the past year. The Center welcomed a new medical director, Dr. Cataldo Doria, who is an internationally known hepato-bilio-pancreatic (liver, bile duct and pancreas) surgeon who has made major contributions to cancer care and research. He oversees Capital Health’s emergence as a leader in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Capital Health’s Center for Comprehensive Breast Care also added a new fellowship trained breast surgeon, Dr. Rose Mustafa, who has experience in the most advanced surgical treatment options for benign diseases and breast cancer.
From brain tumors and spinal disease to cerebrovascular diseases like stroke and aneurysms, Capital Health also continues to lead the region when it comes to treating the most complex diseases in the brain and spine. In addition to earning its third consecutive Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Capital Health Regional Medical Center was recognized as the best hospital for neurology and neurosurgery in the region in U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals for 2018–19. Capital Health is also the first hospital in New Jersey, and among the first in the United States, to use the new EMBOTRAP II Revascularization Device. Neurosurgeons from Capital Health’s Capital Institute for Neurosciences use this next generation stent-retriever to safely remove a blood clot from an artery in the brain that is causing a stroke.
In the past year, other notable achievements at Capital Health have included Capital Health’s Palliative & Supportive Care team, led by its medical director, Dr. Carolyn Gaukler, receiving disease-specific advanced certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission. The team focuses on preventing or relieving suffering and optimizing the quality of life for people with serious, life-limiting illnesses and helps patients and their loved ones understand their conditions and treatments.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center at Capital Health Regional Medical Center also celebrated 20 years as the region’s only level II trauma center for severely injured patients in Mercer County and adjacent parts of Somerset, Hunterdon, Burlington, and Middlesex counties as well as nearby areas of Pennsylvania.
“Everyone at Capital Health is focused on keeping our patients safe, and it starts with our physicians, who continue to lead and participate in proactive quality and safety initiatives that place the needs of patients first,” said Dr. Louis D’Amelio, vice president of Clinical Performance at Capital Health.
Capital Health is part of the Center for Patient Safety, a federally designated Patient Safety Organization that allows our physicians and other clinicians to share patient safety trends with other organizations to reach the goal of mitigating or eliminating patient safety risks. Capital Health also participates in statewide initiatives, such as the New Jersey NICU Collaborative. Capital Health hosted the collaborative last year with Dr. Renee Behme, one of six neonatologists at Capital Health, presenting the Neonatal Mock Code Program used in Capital Health’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“At Capital Health, change means innovation, and thanks to the physicians on our medical staff, we continue to provide the most dynamic and comprehensive medical care for the residents who live in the communities we serve,” said Maghazehe.
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