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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

NJ Department of Health (DOH)

Gov. Christie Names Christopher Rinn Acting Health Commissioner; Succeeds Departing Cathleen Bennett

Christopher Rinn

Trenton, NJ, November 9, 2017 — Governor Chris Christie yesterday thanked New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett for her public health and health care accomplishments, and appointed Assistant Commissioner Christopher Rinn as Acting Commissioner.

“During Commissioner Bennett’s tenure,” Governor Christie said, “the Department achieved public health accreditation, opened adoption records dating back to the 1940s, coordinated health policies across eight Departments through the Population Health Action Team, funded pediatric autism medical homes, and successfully integrated the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) into the agency from the Department of Human Services.” Continue reading

NJ Hospital Association Names State Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett as President and CEO

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Princeton, NJ, September 27, 2017 — The New Jersey Hospital Association Board of Trustees yesterday announced that New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett, Esq., will serve as the next president and CEO of the Princeton-based trade organization whose membership includes nearly 400 hospital, health system and post-acute care members.

Bennett will assume her new duties Nov. 9, becoming the sixth president and CEO in the Association’s 99-year history.  She will succeed Betsy Ryan, who has led the organization since 2008.

“We are fortunate to have found the right person for this key role, right down Route 1 in the heart of New Jersey,” said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the hospital services division and chief operating officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, who chairs the NJHA Board and led the Search Committee. Continue reading

Christie Administration Announces $500,000 Grant Opportunity to Integrate Health Care for Military, Veterans and First Responders

Trenton, NJ, August 17, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health yesterday announced a $500,000 grant opportunity to support a pilot program to integrate primary care, behavioral health, palliative care, hospice and telehealth services for military persons, veterans and first responders.

This one-year grant opportunity is available to New Jersey hospitals, healthcare systems, federally qualified health centers, or state university providers of behavioral health services.

Military personnel, veterans and first responders often deal with primary care and behavioral health challenges. Offering the integration of healthcare across the continuum will help create a seamless system of care. Continue reading

New Jersey Celebrates National Health Center Week 2017 August 13-19

Trenton, NJ, August 12, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health will celebrate National Health Center Week 2017, which is August 13 to 14, by showcasing the comprehensive health care that is provided at more than 100 Federally Qualified Health Centers across the state with about 70 events.

Events will include free medical and dental screenings, information sessions about cancer prevention, improving birth outcomes, diabetes, nutrition and fitness, as well as back-to-school giveaways, food and entertainment for families.

Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett will speak at the kickoff event on Monday, August 14 at the Metropolitan Family Health Network in Jersey City from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Celebrates Power of Immunizations Throughout August

Trenton, NJ, August 1, 2017 — During National Immunization Awareness Month, the New Jersey Department of Health is encouraging residents to make sure they are up-to-date with their immunizations to protect themselves and others from serious and sometimes deadly vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines are needed throughout the lifespan, from birth through adulthood.

“One of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health is to stay up-to-date with the recommended childhood immunizations,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Joins in World Hepatitis Day July 28

Trenton, NJ, July 28, 2017 — In recognition of World Hepatitis Day, the New Jersey Department of Health is joining the World Health Alliance (WHA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness about the global burden of viral hepatitis.

Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The most common types are hepatitis A, B and C — three different contagious liver infections caused by unrelated viruses.

Hepatitis A typically occurs in an “acute” or time-limited form, while hepatitis B and C can develop into a life-long, chronic illness. Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Achieves National Accreditation

Trenton, NJ, June 15, 2017 — Demonstrating a commitment to continuous quality improvement, the New Jersey Department of Health has received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) for achieving high standards for public health services, leadership and accountability.

To receive national accreditation through the PHAB, the Department of Health underwent a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it met a set of 105 public health quality standards and measures.  The Department submitted its application in 2014. Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes NJ’s 30,000 Emergency Medical Services Professionals

Trenton, NJ, May 23, 2017 — New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week (May 21-27).

New Jersey Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett recognized the more than 30,000 EMS professionals throughout New Jersey for their commitment and dedication to service.

“New Jersey’s EMS professionals put their lives on the line every day to respond to more than one million calls and are available 24 hours a day,” Commissioner Bennett said.  “We should recognize and honor their dedication to the residents of our state during National Emergency Medical Services Week.” Continue reading

New Jersey Department of Health Recognizes National Infant Immunization Week

Trenton, NJ, April 23, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health and local health partners are promoting the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases during National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) with events across the state.

NIIW, an annual observance highlighting the achievements of immunization programs and partners in promoting healthy communities, will be celebrated April 22 through 29.

“The best way to protect infants from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles, is to make sure they receive recommended immunizations,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said. “This week serves as a reminder for parents to be sure their child is up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.” Continue reading

Christie Administration Recognizes National Healthcare Decisions Day from April 16 to 22

NJ Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett

Trenton, NJ, April 14, 2017 — The New Jersey Department of Health is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day by encouraging New Jersey residents to discuss their healthcare preferences and plans for end-of-life care decisions with their physicians and family.

This year, National Healthcare Decisions Day will be celebrated all week long, from April 16 to 22.  The national theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

“Advance care planning offers benefits for individuals and their families,” Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett said.  “Individuals have the comfort of knowing that their treatment preferences will be honored and families of patients are relieved from making difficult decisions without knowing what their loved one desired.” Continue reading