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Palisades Medical Center is a regional hospital in North Bergen, New Jerseymarker. The hospital has approximately 202 beds and serves approximately 350,000 people in Southern Bergenmarker and Hudsonmarker counties. It has been a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital network since 1999, and is affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

History

Palisades was formerly known as North Hudson Hospital in Weehawken, New Jerseymarker. In 1978, the hospital was relocated to the North Bergen and renamed Palisades Medical Center. It is situated on the Hudson Waterfront at the the site of Bulls Ferry.

On January 15, 2009, 57 of the survivors of the Flight 1549marker crash landing were taken to Palisades Medical center following their rescue, where they were treated for hypothermia and other injuries. On July 28, passengers Dave Sanderson and Barry Leonard organized a thank you luncheon for on Center's shores for the hospital staff and emergency responders from Hudson Countymarker who had rescued them and treated them.

Performance

Waiting times at Palisades Medical Center were reduced to nine minutes, with a maximum of 11 minutes, according to a September 20, 2009 report in the Union City Reporter. The reduction was attributed to the a mid-2009 update to PMC's emergency room, specifically, the construction of a Rapid Evaluation Unit (REU), in which patients are asked questions and treated by two nurses: a technician and a physician. The REU features digital radiology, a Picis computer system that permits rapid delivery of a patient's history, a Vital Works computer system that provides staff with up-to-the-minute updates, new cardiac, stroke and ventilator equipment, a renovation of patient waiting rooms and staff facilities, and a pneumatic tube that can vacuum specimens directly to the hospital's lab. The REU was implemented by clinical coordinator of the emergency room Gladys M. Sillero and consultant Dr. Todd Warden, with the support of President and CEO Bruce J. Markowitz and E.R. Medical Director Dr. Alvin Goldberg and vice president of nursing Rueben Fernandez and her staff.

Palisades Medical Center received among the highest scores in Hudson County in the New Jersey Department of Health's 2009 Hospital Performance Report. The Center scored in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the state for their care of heart attacks, surgical improvements, and heart failure, receiving 100, 98 and 100 in those areas, respectively, percentages which represent the number of patients treated properly and released. PMC received 98 percent for pneumonia, greater than 50 percent of hospitals in the study. Its performance in pneumonia was due to a 98 percent correct preventative antibiotic timing, and 93 percent blood culture rate. Beginning and ending antibiotic treatment at the right time crucial to prevent infection. PMC's rating in patient safety was also positive, with only .03 patient receiving accidental punctures or lacerations, compared to a national average of 3.6. PMC did not, however, do as well in post-operative sepsis, another patient safety indicator area, scoring a high post-operative sepsis rate of 42 per 100, compared with a 2004 national average of 11.4 cases per 1,000 patients treated, and a 2007 statewide rate of 13.9 cases per 1,000 patients.

Medical record controversy

On September 21, 2007, the actor George Clooney and a companion were taken to Palisades Medical Center for treatment after a motorcycle accident. Information that Clooney was a patient at the hospital was disseminated to the media before any official hospital statement, leading officials to suspect an internal leak. The hospital conducted an audit and announced that 27 employees had accessed Clooney's information without prior authorization. All 27 employees were suspended for one month without pay. The employees included nurses, support staff, and security guards, but no physicians. A union representing some staff is challenging seven of the suspensions.

References

  1. Research & Hospital Affiliates, Columbia University Medical Center. Accessed October 21, 2007.
  2. "'Miracle on the Hudson' survivors to return to waterfront" The Union City Reporter; July 26, 2009; Page 4
  3. Tricia Tirella. "A pat on the back" The Union City Reporter; Pages 5 & 17
  4. Tirella, Tricia. "Palisades updates ER" The Union City Reporter; September 20, 2009; Pages 4 & 8
  5. Tirella, Tricia. "Palisades scores highest in Hudson County" The Union City Reporter October 25, 2009; Pages 5-6


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