Hackensack University Medical Center

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Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center ( HUMC) is a 775-bed non-profit, research and teaching hospital located seven miles (11 km) west of New York City, in Hackensack, New Jersey, providing tertiary and healthcare needs for northern New Jersey and the New York metropolitan area. HUMC is New Jersey's largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services and is the fourth largest hospital in the nation based on admissions. HUMC is affiliated with the New Jersey Medical School of UMDNJ ( University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). The medical center was founded in 1888 with 12 beds as Bergen County's first hospital. Hackensack University Medical Center is Bergen County's largest employer with a work force of around 7,175 employees and an annual budget of $1 billion. The hospital's staff of 1,400 physicians and dentists covers the full range of medical and dental specialties and subspecialties. Hackensack University Medical Center has been designated as a magnet hospital since 1995 after it became the first hospital in the country to receive the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence by the ANA. HUMC is a state-designated New Jersey Children's Hospital and a full-voting member in the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). HUMC is also a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges' prestigious Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH). The Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive and is among the nation's top 10 in patient volume. The Cancer Center's Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program is one of the top eight in the United States. The hospital is a member of the Planetree Alliance, a nonprofit association of health-care institutions set up to promote practices to make patients less intimidated and more comfortable with the health care they receive. On August 1, 2007, Hackensack University Medical Center became a smoke-free campus. Both patients and employees are not allowed to smoke anywhere on the campus grounds.


Hackensack University Medical Center lies on a multi-building campus which includes the nine-story 276,000-square-foot (25,600 m 2) Hackensack University Medical Plaza building, one of the largest adult ambulatory care facilities in the northeastern United States and one of the largest in the country. Though HUMC has one for almost every one of its buildings, the Hackensack University Medical Plaza building has HUMC's largest above and below grade parking, with a capacity of approximately 1,700 cars, and even offers valet parking and door-to-door service. As of January 2007, there are 15 buildings on the HUMC campus, besides the Hackensack University Medical Plaza, the main buildings include:
  • The Alfred N. Sanzari Medical Arts Building and Learning Center
  • The Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, a state-designated Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect; serves Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties.
  • David Joseph Jurist Research Center for Tomorrows Children which houses the The David and Alice Jurist Institute for Research and the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology (named for Deirdre Imus)
  • Don Imus/WFAN Pediatric Center for Tomorrows Children (named for Don Imus)
  • The MOLLY Diabetes Center for Adults
  • The Sarkis Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, and The Mark Messier Skyway for Tomorrow's Children
  • The Sarkis and Siran Child Care and Learning Center
Other campus buildings include the Jeffrey M. Creamer Trauma Center (Emergency Department); the Hekemian Conference Center; The Hillcrest Building; the George Link Jr. Pavilion which houses the Banta Lobby, Emil Buehler Helipad, and the Samuel Toscano Sr. Surgical Suite; Johnson Hall; The Patient Pavilion; and St. John’s Building. In addition to its main facilities, HUMC maintains offices around the parameter of its campus as well as in downtown Hackensack. Located at 25 East Salem Street in the Urban Plaza Building is the Center for Trauma Recovery, the QUEST Adult Outpatient Program, Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP), the Geriatric Assessment Program, the Hospice Program, and HUMC’s Home Health Agency; a block away at 25 Salem Street is HUMC’s The Access and Assessment Center, and a block away from there at 301 Union Street is the Wellington Health Care Center.
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Hackensack University Medical Center North at Pascack Valley
In November 2006, Hackensack University Medical Center entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Pascack Valley Hospital (PVH), located in Westwood, New Jersey, to possibly acquire the hospital from Well Care Group, Inc. On October 1, 2008, Hackensack University Medical Center North at Pascack Valley opened as, "a satellite emergency department to treat non-life-threatening emergencies."

The Centers at Hasbrouck Heights
The Centers at Hasbrouck Heights includes The Dave Winfield Nutrition Center and The Community Health Center located in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey at 214 Terrace Avenue and 212 Terrace Avenue, respectively. A branch of the HUMC's Geriatrics Clinic is also located at 212 Terrace Avenue.

The Centers at Franklin Lakes
The Centers at Franklin Lakes is located at 795 Franklin Ave. in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and includes a branch of HUMC’s The Cancer Center and of The Betty Torricelli Institute for Breast Care.

Branch offices
Hackensack University Medical Center has a Health Awareness Regional Program and an Employee Assistance Program Development both located at 2 Sears Drive in Paramus. Two programs located are located Westwood; the Geriatric Assessment Program located at 54 Jefferson Avenue, and The Home Health Agency located at 190 Westwood Avenue. HUMC also maintains an office for The Home Health Agency at 375 Murray Hill Parkway, in East Rutherford near the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
As of 2008, Hackensack University Medical Center provides ALS coverage to 35 municipalities and operates five paramedic fly-cars. Four are in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One full-time unit is stationed on its main campus at 30 Prospect Avenue on the Atlantic Street side; another full-time unit is located in East Rutherford on Paterson Avenue; two additional units are stationed at Hackensack University Medical Center North at Pascack Valley; and its fifth, which is a part-time unit, is stationed at 72 Kimmig Avenue in Lodi at the Volunteer Ambulance Corps during its hours of operation. Hackensack University Medical Center provides paramedic service to the following municipalities in Bergen County, New Jersey: Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Garfield, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Lodi, Maywood, Moonachie, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, South Hackensack, Teaneck, Teterboro, Wallington, and Wood-Ridge. On January 9, 2008, the HUMC MICU primary service area was expanded to include the municipalities formerly covered by Pascack Valley Hospital, including: Closter, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Montvale, northern New Milford, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Oradell, northern Paramus, Park Ridge, River Vale, Rockleigh, Township of Washington, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake.

Radio and television shows
Hackensack University Medical Center has two cable television shows and a radio show. HUMC HealthBeat is the medical center’s half-hour, weekly radio show which airs on WFDU 89.1FM, from the Teaneck-Hackensack campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, and features health news of the Hackensack University Medical Center. HUMC HealthView is a weekly magazine-style Cable television show shot on location at HUMC. The program features the latest medical center programs, breakthroughs in medicine, and trends in healthcare. HUMC HealthView can be viewed in northern New Jersey and in New York City. @HUMC (pronounced "at H-U-M-C") is another weekly Cable television show of Hackensack University Medical Center recorded at the studios at WFDU or at HUMC. This show features HUMC physicians and professionals to field questions on a variety of health-related topics, sometimes in front of audience members. @HUMC can be viewed on the RNN television channel, which can be viewed in New Jersey, New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, parts of upstate New York, and Connecticut.