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3-alarm Fire on Franklin Turnpike Sends Waldwick Firefighter to Valley Hospital

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Waldwick NJ, Waldwick Fire department battled at 3-alarm structure fire at 96 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick on Tuesday afternoon, 10/30. Mutual aid fire, police and EMS services responded from several neighboring communities to assist Waldwick Fire, Waldwick Police, and Waldwick EMS. One (1) firefighter was transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital with a non life threatening injury. Traffic on busy Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick was detoured while emergency crews worked at the scene.

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Village of Ridgewood and Valley Hospital Announce Flu Shot Clinic – October 23

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department reminds you that influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Over a period of 31 seasons between 1976 and 2007 the CDC states that in the United States range from a low of about 3,000 to a high of about 49,000 people. During recent flu seasons, between 80% and 90% of flu related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

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Five Ways to Protect Your Identity Online

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Ridgewood NJ, the Valley Hospital Information Systems Team has put together  suggestions to help protect your identity online:

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Readers Concerned over Ridgewood Officers Health after Sunday Crash

At least one of these vehicles hit a utility pole. This knocked out power to at least part of the surrounding neighborhood. Were they responding to the same call at speed, one on East Glen, one on North Van Dien? No wonder the two officers were transported to the hospital–the impact must have been tremendous. Any update on how these officers are faring?

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Valley Receives $35 Million in Gifts for New Hospital in Paramus

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Ridgewood NJ,  Valley’s plans to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Paramus received a significant boost, with two gifts totaling $35 million to The Valley Hospital Foundation.  The gifts include $20 million from a long-time Valley supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, and $15 million from The Bolger Foundation, which was established by philanthropist David F. Bolger, another long-time Valley benefactor.

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Valley Hospital in Ridgewood Ranks 6th in U.S. News & World Report Statewide Hospital Rankings

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Ridgewood NJ, U.S. News & World Report has released its rankings of the best hospitals in America for 2018-19, evaluating more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide across 16 specialties and nine procedures and conditions. U.S. News also ranked the best hospitals in America by region.

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Accused of Placing only Most Expensive Hospitals as OMNIA’s Tier 1 partners

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July 26,2018

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Ridgewood NJ according to Beckers Hospital review ,Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey paid a consulting group $1.7 million to produce reports on how the health insurer could develop its OMNIA Health Plans, which place hospitals in two tiers based on quality and cost. Lower-ranked hospitals argue three reports from McKinsey & Co. obtained by NJ Advance Media show Horizon steered McKinsey’s research to include the state’s most expensive hospitals into Tier 1, according to NJ.com.

Valley Hospital sued Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield after it was placed on the tier 2 list .

Becker’s Hospital Review previously reported 10 findings from McKinsey’s reports on June 28. Below are another five highlights from the analysis:

1. In Horizon’s first 2014 memo to McKinsey, the health insurer outlined OMNIA’s objectives: narrow down Tier 1 and 2 hospitals and lower the health insurer’s costs. Under OMNIA, if policyholders want the lowest out-of-pocket costs compared to other Horizon plans, they must visit one of the 36 hospitals in Tier 1 that agree to accept lower reimbursements from Horizon in exchange for more patients.

2. All major New Jersey health systems Horizon later designated as Tier 1 hospitals — Hackensack Meridian Health, Robert Wood Johnson University Health in New Brunswick, St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Atlantic Health System in Morristown — were absent from McKinsey’s initial top 14 hospitals, according to NJ.com’s analysis of the reports. The documents reveal Horizon CEO Kevin Conlin told McKinsey to downplay how much a hospital’s size and cost would affect which hospitals the firm chose for OMNIA’s Tier 1 partners. Horizon argued OMNIA’s value-based model meant “past financial performance is not necessarily indicative of future cost of care,” according to the report.

3. In addition, one of the reports from May 2014 highlights how OMNIA intended to steer patients away from hospitals in New York. McKinsey analyzed 2013 data to show how much Horizon paid physicians and hospitals in New York, and how much placing New York hospitals in Tier 2 would positively affect Tier 1 hospitals. For example, McKinsey projected Hackensack would see $25 million in profits “from volume in other hospital in service area,” as well as $8 million from other competitors like New York.

4. In a lawsuit, two Tier 2 hospitals — 451-bed Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., and 284-bed CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. — claim Horizon “breached its duty to act in good faith” by placing them in OMNIA’s Tier 2, thereby costing them millions of dollars. Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck was also a plaintiff in the hospitals’ case until June 26, when it and Horizon announced they had reached a confidential settlement.

Full report from NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/07/here_are_the_documents_horizon_did_not_want_the_pu.html

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Healthy Smoothie Ideas from Valley Hospital

June 22,2018

by Andrea Collins, MS, RD, CDE, Dietitian, The Valley Hospital

Ridgewood NJ, Smoothies can be a delicious and healthy part of your food plan. Include the ingredients below to boost your phytonutrient, protein, omega 3 and fiber intake.

Combine ingredients in the order listed below and blend to desired consistency.

Base liquid: 4 to 6 ounces
Brewed and cooled tea, green or an herbal tea

Juices (optional): 2 to 4 ounces
100% fruit juices, try cranberry, orange, dark cherry, pomegranate

Fruit
½ cup of unsweetened fruit, try apple, berries, banana, mango, melon, peach, pear, pineapple

Vegetables
1-2 cups of leafy greens or other vegetables of your choice

Protein
Choose one: Unsweetened protein powder (1 scoop), nut butter (1 Tbsp.), yogurt or kefir (1/2 cup)

Flax seeds
Add 1 to 2 Tbsp. of ground flax seeds to the blender

Ice
Add ¼ cup to the blender if you prefer your smoothie cold

Enjoy!

If you are interested in meeting with a nutrition coach to learn more about a wide range of personalized services including menu planning, refrigerator makeovers, supermarket shopping, advice about what to order in restaurants, personal chef referrals, lunch box ideas, collaborative cooking instruction and recipes, please contact Joe Juliano, DTR, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, The Valley Hospital, at 201-447-8093 or jjulian@valleyhealth.com.

The above smoothie ideas were inspired by The Institute for Functional Medicine

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Collision on Grove Street and South Pleasant Avenue in Ridgewood Sends One to Valley Hospital

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May 11,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, One (1) person was transported by ambulance to The Valley Hospital following a two (2) vehicle collision at the intersection of Grove Street and South Pleasant Avenue, Ridgewood, late Thursday evening, 05/10. Both damaged vehicles were removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck. Ridgewood PD and EMS responded.

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Ridgewood Police, Fire Department, and EMS personnel respond to East Glen Crash

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May 7,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police, Fire Department, and EMS personnel responded to aid the adult male driver of a 4-door Nissan Maxima who was injured after crashing head on into a utility pole on Sunday afternoon, 05/06. The incident occurred in front of 33 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood. A Ridgewood EMS ambulance transported the victim to The Valley Hospital. The wreck was removed from the scene by a flatbed tow truck.