The Valley HospitalEdit profile
The Valley Hospital is a fully accredited, acute care, not-for-profit hospital serving approximately 440,000 people in 32 towns in Bergen County and adjoining communities. Its current bed capacity is 451. In 2010, 51,497 individuals were admitted to Valley, 72,188 people were treated in the Emergency Department and 3,006 babies were born. The Valley Hospital is an affiliate of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, more people would recommend The Valley Hospital to their friends and family than any other general acute care hospital in New Jersey. Also in this survey, Valley consistently scores above the state and national average and ranks highest among hospitals in Bergen and Passaic counties for eight of 10 measures of patient satisfaction.
The Valley Hospital has received the 2011 Clinical Excellence Awards for Overall Cardiac Care, Coronary Intervention, Cardiac Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Maternity Care and Women’s Health from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company. HealthGrades also ranked The Valley Hospital among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for Overall Cardiac Care, and among the top 5 hospitals in New Jersey for Overall Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Intervention Procedures, Cardiology Services, and Spine Surgery.
Valley has also earned an impressive 10 Gold Seals of Approval for healthcare quality from the Joint Commission, placing it among an elite group of hospitals to achieve this number of Disease-Specific Certifications. Valley holds Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, knee replacement, hip replacement, stroke, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer. To earn this distinction, Valley underwent an extensive, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
Valley is a leader in the field of cardiology services. In 2005 The Valley Hospital welcomed noted cardiac surgeon and researcher Alex Zapolanski, M.D., who joined the Valley Columbia Heart Center as Director of Cardiac Surgery. The Center’s cardiac surgeons, who, in addition to Dr. Zapolanski, include Jason Sperling, M.D., Mariano Brizzio, M.D., and Juan B. Grau, M.D., provide comprehensive cardiac surgical procedures for the full spectrum of heart disease. The Valley Columbia Heart Center is a program of The Valley Hospital, the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System, and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The service includes a full range of diagnostic and interventional cardiac treatment services, including cardiac surgery, coronary angioplasty, and electrophysiology studies. A leader in cardiac care research, Valley offers medical and procedural clinical trials that are at the forefront of coronary care.
The Valley Columbia Heart Center has consistently been recognized with a 3-star rating – the highest designation of quality and clinical excellence – from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. This designation was conferred as part of a comprehensive rating system that compares the quality of cardiac surgery among hospitals across the country.
Also in 2010, Valley established the Heart and Vascular Institute, which combines the expertise of dozens of board-certified cardiologists and surgeons dedicated to providing high-quality cardiovascular care to our patients and our community. Patients benefit from the expertise and collaboration of Valley’s entire network of specialists, working together to conduct clinical research and develop new treatments to achieve better outcomes.
To raise awareness of the cause, symptoms, and prevalence of heart disease in women and men The Valley Hospital has established a Center for Women’s Heart Health, and the Men’s Heart Center. The centers offer a free comprehensive Heart Risk Assessment that can identify if an individual is at increased risk for heart disease.
Valley has been recognized for service excellence for eight consecutive years under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital ProgramSM. This distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by The Valley Hospital to provide an outstanding inpatient experience. Valley was the first hospital in the tri-state area to be awarded this distinction, and is the only hospital in the country to receive the award for an 8th consecutive year.
The Valley Hospital’s Emergency Department has also been recognized for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates. This distinction acknowledges a strong commitment by The Valley Hospital to provide an outstanding emergency department experience.” Valley’s Emergency Department has received this distinction twice since 2006.
Valley is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Designation for Nursing Excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Award – a four-year designation – is the nursing profession’s highest honor.
In 2007 the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designated The Valley Hospital’s bariatric surgery program a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
Also in 2007, Valley welcomed distinguished thoracic surgeon and oncology researcher Robert J. Korst, M.D., as Medical Director of the Daniel & Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center and Director of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Korst was previously a member of the departments of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Genetic Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Certified by the American College of Surgeons as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program, Valley is known for its centers specializing in the diagnosis, care, and treatment of prostate and lung cancer, its surgical oncology program, its radiation oncology program, and its comprehensive oncology clinical trials program.
For seven consecutive years – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 – Valley Health System, which includes The Valley Hospital, Valley Home Care, and Valley Health Medical Group, was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s only weekly business publication. Valley was named the top health system employer for 2006 and 2007. The Best Places to Work in New Jersey awards program recognizes and honors those companies that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to their employees.
The hospital is also known for its maternity service, The Center for Childbirth, which welcomes more than 3,000 babies into the world each year -- and its state of New Jersey-designated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit overseen by four neonatologists. Valley’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Program provides care to women at special risk because of an underlying medical condition or multiple fetuses. The department is one of the few in the country certified to offer nuchal translucency testing, an ultrasound technique used to screen for Down syndrome.
In early 2002, Valley opened a 128,000-square-foot (11,900 m2) facility in Paramus, New Jersey. The facility, named the Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion, is home to the George R. Jaqua Same Day Services Center, including operating rooms, a pain management program, and a complementary medicine program, and the Daniel & Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center.
In January 2006, The Valley Hospital Fertility Center moved into a new state-of-the-art facility at the hospital’s Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion in Paramus. The new facility includes a surgical suite and laboratories for andrology, endocrinology, and embryology services.
Also in 2006, Valley opened The Center for Sleep Medicine, a state-of-the-art sleep lab to evaluate sleep disorders in adults. The Center complements Valley’s highly recognized Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Apnea Center.
Additional Valley services include a comprehensive Breast Center led by breast surgeon Laura Klein, M.D., an outpatient chronic dialysis program, a Pediatric service that includes an intensive care unit. Treatment innovations introduced at Valley over the past few years include PET scanning, TomoTherapy to deliver radiation therapy to treat cancer, Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery for lung cancer, and the establishment of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Center.
The Valley Hospital is part of the Valley Health System, which also includes Valley Home Care and Valley Health Medical Group. For more information, call 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800-825-5391) or visit www.valleyhealth.com.Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
The Valley Hospital operates three paramedic fly-cars: ALS 401, is stationed on Route 17 South in Ridgewood, ALS 402 is stationed at the Wyckoff Fire Co 2, and ALS 403 is stationed at the Saddle River Fire House. All three units are in service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The primary service area of Valley Hospital MICU consists of 16 municipalities: Allendale, Fair Lawn, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Hawthorne, Ho-Ho-Kus, Mahwah, Midland Park, Oakland, Paramus, Ramsey, Ridgewood, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Waldwick, and Wyckoff.