Union County hospitals get B to D safety grades

UNION COUNTY, NJ — None of Union County’s three major hospitals received a grade above a B in the Leapfrog Group’s latest semiannual patient safety rating. Overlook in Summit received a B while Robert Wood Johnson in Rahway was given a C and Trinitas in Elizabeth was rated a D in the analysis released Oct. 31, […]

Children’s Specialized Hospital makes impact on kids every day

Children’s Specialized Hospital makes impact on kids every day

UNION COUNTY, NJ — From chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities, like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues such as autism, the Children’s Specialized Hospital works to treat all children. “As a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, we treat children facing a variety of special health challenges,” marketing and communications coordinator Erin Shevlin told LocalSource […]

Democrats gain seats in Republican town strongholds

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Democrats swept three council seats in Summit, four council seats and the mayoralty in Westfield, picked up spots in Berkeley Heights and Springfield and nearly upset five-term Assembly incumbent Nancy Munoz in unofficial election results Tuesday, Nov. 7. Both Munoz and running mate, eight-term incumbent Jon Bramnick, prevailed over Lacey Rzeszowski and […]

Geography impacts opioid addiction in Union County

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Gov. Chris Christie has made battling opioid addiction in New Jersey a priority during his second term in office and last week President Trump declared it a “national emergency.” New Jersey, and Union County in particular, have been impacted by the health crisis for a specific reason, according to one local health […]

State, teachers’ union quarrel over steep increase in health insurance premiums

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state teachers’ union and officials in Trenton are making accusations at one another after the revelation that insurance premiums for public education employees will jump 13 percent next year, making for a 21-percent increase in two years. “Teachers, most of whom are also New Jersey taxpayers, can avoid these unnecessary premium […]

County elections dominated by handful of towns

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Republicans control every council seat in five towns in Union County. The Democrats hold every seat in eight municipalities, plus nominally a ninth. This leaves only handful of towns relatively competitive on a partisan basis throughout the county for the elections Tuesday, Nov. 7, yet there are issues from Mount Laurel […]

Overlook becomes first hospital in state to use new stroke reduction procedure

Overlook becomes first hospital in state to use new stroke reduction procedure

SUMMIT, NJ — A new preventive procedure that is more accessible to seniors is now offered at Atlantic Health System’s Overlook Medical Center, helping patients to reduce the risk of stroke. The procedure is known as transcarotid artery revascularization, or TCAR, and is a minimally invasive operation that uses a stent to open up and reduce […]

New Jersey Supreme Court to hear Kean OPMA case

New Jersey Supreme Court  to hear Kean OPMA case

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The state Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Kean University’s Board of Trustees after a lower court ruled it violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. A state Appellate Division in February ruled that the board, Kean’s governing body, should have sent Valera Hascup, a former Kean nursing professor, an official […]

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