Passaic-Man Arrested in Connection with Paramus Park Mall Stabbing

11 12 2007

PARAMUS, N.J. – There was horror for stunned holiday shoppers at the Paramus Park mall.

Police said a bleeding 18-year-old staggered in with a knife in his neck and collapsed Monday night.

Deputy Police Chief Richard Cary said police believe the man was stabbed outside the mall’s main western entrance.
A man suspected in the stabbing was arrested around 1:15 a.m. in Passaic, Cary said. He did not release other details.

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. Cary said he was out of surgery Tuesday morning and was expected to survive

Major Fire in Downtown Passaic

6 12 2007

 Passaic New Jersey A serious fire a 3rd alarm fire at 150 Passaic street in the downtown section of Passaic . Passaic P.D.Passaic County Sheriff.Passaic E.M.S. Paterson E.M.S. Hatzolah Passaic E.M.S. Passaic,Clifton,Paterson.Wallington.Carlstadt,Little Falls Fire Dept all on scene several people were taken out of the building and transported for smoke inhalation to Saint Mary’s .Fire started at about 6:30 fire burnt for around 3 hours un
till the Fire fighters were able to knock it down. Passaic Police Arson Squad is on the scene doing there investigation.There are about 50 people homeless some were being brought to the Howard Johnson on route 3 for the night.

As N.J. house sales fall, prices still rise – only more slowly

22 11 2007

The number of New Jersey house sales dropped 13.4 percent during the third quarter of 2007 from the same period in 2006, continuing a slide from the hyperactive sales pace of 2004 and 2005, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday.

Home prices, however, have not followed. In the census area that includes Bergen and Passaic counties, prices were up 3.6 percent from the same period last year, to a median of $550,900 for an existing single-family home, the NAR said.

That may reflect high demand in New York City, which is in the same statistical area. The New Jersey Multiple Listing Service says that North Jersey prices have risen just about 1 percent over the last year, to a median of $520,000 in Bergen County and $389,000 in Passaic County.

Med school to open in Bergen in 2009 (TOURO)

15 11 2007


Eager to expand and flush with cash, the nation’s largest Jewish university plans to open a private medical school in Bergen County in late 2009.

Touro College — started by a rabbi and professor as a no-frills institution with 35 students in a Manhattan office building in 1970 — has grown rapidly to 27 locations in four states and four other countries.

Now, bolstered by the profits from the $190 million sale of its online university, Touro is opening the first new medical school in New Jersey in decades. It recently opened a medical school in Harlem.

Touro will be affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center. The college is weighing two locations for its fourth medical school: a six-story building on Route 17 in Hasbrouck Heights it recently purchased for $15 million and the bankrupt Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood.

“The M.D. program we are establishing in New Jersey is committed to filling a need in the state for superior medical education and scientific research,” said Bernard Lander, 92, Touro’s founder. He is president of the college, which has 17,500 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in medicine, law and business.

Touro’s earlier attempts to expand into New Jersey were sidetracked by scandals. In the summer of 2004, its major financial backer, Charles Kushner, was arrested on federal charges that included hiring a prostitute in a scheme to tamper with an FBI witness.

Weeks later, the college found itself in the middle of the Gov. James E. McGreevey-Golan Cipel affair. Cipel, one of the school’s paid advisers, reportedly offered to keep his sexual encounters with McGreevey secret if, among other things, the governor let Touro open a medical school.

The school denied any knowledge of or involvement in Cipel’s offer.

In 2006, with former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli lobbying state officials on Touro’s behalf, Touro won approval from the state board of medical examiners and seemed to be on its way to Florham Park. Kushner, who was about to be released from prison, was to give the school land and $10 million.

The school never materialized. Kushner is still listed as a member of Touro College’s “board of overseers” but he is inactive, said Touro spokeswoman Barbara Franklin. He does not attend meetings, she said.

“Mr. Kushner is not financially supporting the New Jersey effort,” said David A. Moss, vice president of institutional development at Touro.

“This issue with Golan Cipel is behind us,” he said.

New Jersey needs a new medical school because it is not graduating enough doctors, said Dr. Paul Wallach, vice president and dean of Touro University College of Medicine of New Jersey.

“There’s a general agreement that we’re in need of more doctors,” said Dr. Norman H. Edelman, a professor of preventive medicine at State University of New York at Stony Brook.

New Jersey’s three medical schools — which operate as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey — graduated 400 doctors last year. UMDNJ is located on four campuses and operates University Hospital in Newark. The school plans to enroll 10 percent more students over the next few years to address the need to train more physicians in-state, said Dr. Robert Johnson, dean of the Medical School of New Jersey.

Johnson cautions that Touro’s arrival will add to a crunch in clinical training spots at hospitals throughout the state. He was one of three UMDNJ officials who testified against Touro’s application before the state Board of Medical Examiners last year.

“My big concern is the availability of clinical sites for teaching medical students,” he said.

But Dr. Peter Gross, chief medical officer at Hackensack University Medical Center, said the new medical school will not crowd out the other teaching programs at the hospital.

“The New Jersey Medical School students can continue to spend time here, even with Touro,” he said.

Touro and Hackensack plan to bid jointly for the ailing Pascack Valley Hospital. They are one of several potential suitors for the hospital and its 20-acre property.

Although the school is founded under Jewish auspices and avoids scheduling classes on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays, Touro students are from many backgrounds and faiths, Wallach said.

Touro has selected locations for its medical schools in areas that are suffering from a dearth of doctors. Lander describes himself in published reports as coming from “an old school of Ortho- dox socialists who believe that healing the entire world is an integral part of Judaism.”

In September, Touro opened a medical school in Harlem with a special emphasis on training minority doctors. Graduates will be encouraged to stay in the area. Another medical school, near Las Vegas, is also comparatively young.

A third school — an osteopathic school on an island in San Francisco Bay — has been open 10 years. According to the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, it had an acceptance rate among applicants of 10.8 percent, compared with the 6.3 percent acceptance rate at UMDNJ’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. The average score on the entrance exam for both medical schools was the same.

However, Touro has the distinction, according U.S. News, of its students incurring the most debt through four years of medical school: $182,000 for the class of 2005.

Edelman questioned the rapid growth in medical education. “It’s disconcerting to have all these sites,” he said. “How can they be assured of excellence in all of the locations?”

Edelman said the Touro name is recognized for its law school and graduate programs. It has a law school on Long Island and a college of arts and sciences with campuses in three boroughs of New York City. The college also has sites in Moscow, Jerusalem, Berlin, South Miami and outside Rome.

“They’re not listed among the top 20 law schools, but a lot of Long Island politicians got their degrees there,” Edelman said.

Gross and Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, chairman of Hackensack’s urology department, are aiding Touro in the application for accreditation by the American Medical Association’s Liaison Committee for Medical Education. If Touro succeeds in the rigorous process, it will welcome its first class of 40 students in the fall of 2009. The school could grow to 400 students, Wallach said.

Unlike Touro’s plan for New Jersey, its three other schools are not M.D. programs. They train osteopathic physicians, who emphasize preventative health.

A former dean of the University of Florida Medical School at Tampa, Wallach said he’s creating a curriculum for the North Jersey campus that includes early emphasis on clinical training. Rather than spending their first two years solely in the classroom and labs, Touro’s students will interact with patients from the beginning, he said.

“I think they will invest what it takes to make it an excellent school,” Gross said. “They’re willing to recruit outstanding faculty.”

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Kosher Hot Food Vending Machines at Hackensack University Medical Center!

15 08 2007

New York Times / VosIzNeias

New York, NY – Earlier this month, the nation’s first glatt kosher vending machine that can shoot out a hot knish was installed at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. The machine also crisps up kosher mozzarella sticks, cheese pizza and onion rings. And in a few weeks, freshly grilled hot dogs in warm buns will be for sale there, too. Not from the same machine, of course. That wouldn’t be kosher.

The vending machines are called Hot Nosh 24/6. “To make it a little Jewish sounding we called it nosh, and we added the 24/6 to give a little cuteness to it,” said Doron Fetman, who with his partner, Alan Cohnen, created Kosher Vending Industries.

Although Orthodox and some Conservative Jews do not use electric devices during Sabbath, the creators of Hot Nosh 24/6 will leave that choice to the customer. Despite their name, the machines will be ready to serve 24/7

Their business plan calls for 2,000 machines in the next two years in ballparks, malls, airports, military bases — pretty much anywhere people might be willing to pop in a few dollars for something hot and kosher.

Full Hackensack hospital diverts ambulance arrivals

12 08 2007

Hackensack University Medical Center was accepting all ambulances Friday evening after diverting some of them to other hospitals over the previous 24 hours due to high patient volume, officials said.

Hackensack had to turn away ambulances with critical-care patients between 8 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Friday, because all 58 beds in the hospital’s intensive-care unit were occupied, said Patricia Ahearn, vice president of capacity management at Hackensack.

“For us to be on critical care [ambulance] bypass is exceedingly rare,” Ahearn said Friday.

“It’s unpredictable,” she said. “But it’s extremely unusual at this time of year. This is usually one of our slowest months.”

The hospital also diverted ambulances with trauma patients and regular-care patients with non-life-threatening injuries for several hours on Thursday, because beds were not available, Ahearn said.

The actions were taken “in the interest of patient safety, and to maintain quality of care,” she said.

Physicians at Hackensack couldn’t explain why the hospital has had such an influx of patients and occupied beds.

There does not appear to be any one cause for the emergency-case glut, said Dr. Joseph Feldman, chairman of the emergency trauma department.

“It’s a whole variety of stuff, from bad infections to heart attacks to traumas,” Feldman said. “It’s nothing specific, not the wet weather, or heat emergencies.”    []

Hackensack Hospital scrambled into ‘code yellow’

6 08 2007

Hackensack, NJ – When lightning struck United Water’s treatment plant early Saturday, water pressure plummeted at Bergen County’s biggest hospital.

Personnel at Hackensack University Medical Center noticed the low pressure about 3:30 a.m. and immediately activated an emergency plan after consulting with the Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, said Nancy Radwin, a hospital spokeswoman.

The decision by Mary Ann Donohue, the administrator on call, also activated what officials referred to as “code yellow,” which involves calling in teams of hospital personnel. The teams covered key areas of operation, including the emergency room, patients undergoing dialysis, and the food and nutrition departments.