Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center
Raritan Bay Medical Center, with locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge New Jersey provides a full continuum of health care services to residents of Central Jersey. Raritan Bay prides itself on patient and family centered care, an approach to the planning, delivery and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients and families. A state designated primary stroke center, we offer the kinds of services you expect from a high quality regional community academic medical center specializing in cardiovascular disease – including emergent and elective angioplasty, stroke care, emergency services, diagnostic imaging, maternal and fetal medicine, orthopedic surgery, behavioral health, physical medicine and rehabilitation and comprehensive wound care. Our Integrative health program guarantees we treat the whole person, not just the disease, and gives patients more opportunities to participate in their care and enrich their health and well-being.
AWARDS & ACCREDITATION
■ Three-time National Magnet Recognition Hospital for nursing excellence (2004, 2009, 2014)
■ Joint Commission Accredited
■ New Jersey Department of Health designated Primary Stroke Center, recognizing optimal emergency treatment of stroke patients
■ Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attack.
■ Recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Bronze Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients at the hospital who experience severe heart attack
■ Recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Certified Gold Safe Sleep Champion,” for the hospital’s commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep
■ Recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries
■ U.S. News & World Report, 2016-2017 recognized high performer in two categories: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Heart Failure treatment
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Our Unique Approach
The Institute for Weight Loss at RBMC features a comprehensive, personalized approach to overcoming obesity. Our multidisciplinary team, which includes experienced bariatric surgeons, guides patients through each step of the weight loss journey, from choosing the best treatment options to nutrition education, lifestyle counseling, and ongoing support….read more
Our specialists will explain the benefits and risks of each bariatric procedure, along with more conservative weight loss options. Together, we’ll develop an individualized program that combines medical intervention with a lifetime commitment to healthy eating, exercise and follow-up care.
Ready to take the First Step?
To learn more about bariatric surgery, join us for a free informational program at RBMC’s Institute for Weight Loss. To register for an upcoming session or to schedule a
consultation with a bariatric surgeon, call 855-TIME-4-ME (855.846.3463).
What to Expect
Depending on your procedure, you may be discharged the same day or spend one or two nights in one of the Institute’s private patient rooms. Upon returning home you will benefit from monthly support groups and continued guidance from our dedicated staff. With motivation and commitment, most patients lose 100 pounds or more within two years of surgery.
RBMC is a leading NJ bariatric surgery center. Most bariatric procedures are now performed with tiny incisions, resulting in less pain after surgery and faster recoveries. Patients are generally back on their feet in a few days and may resume all activities within three weeks.
The most commonly performed procedures include:
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass – The surgeon creates a small stomach pouch, bypasses a section of small intestines and then attaches the lower part of the small intestines directly to the pouch. This technique restricts food intake while the body absorbs fewer calories.
Adjustable Gastric Banding – A band is placed around the upper stomach to create a smaller pouch, restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold without interfering with the digestive process. The band can be adjusted or removed over time.
Gastric Sleeve – The surgeon removes about 85 percent of the stomach and shapes the remaining portion into a tube. Food consumption is restricted while absorption is unaffected.
Am I Candidate for Surgery?
Candiates for weight loss surgery should meet the following guidelines:
You are an adult with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more, or a BMI above 35 with a serious obesity-related medical problem such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea.
You have been unable to lose weight through non-surgical alternatives, including diet, exercise and medication.
Institute for Weight Loss
Raritan Bay Medical Center
3 Hospital Plaza
Old Bridge, NJ 08857
Center for Women
Just for You
RBMC’s Center for Women is dedicated to the special needs of women, offering a comprehensive approach to breast health, wellness and disease prevention. With locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, our newly renovated facilities combine the highest quality imaging technology with comfortable, spa-like surroundings and a uniquely personalized level of care.
We make it easy and convenient for women to receive state-of-the-art testing, including mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI, image-guided biopsy and bone densitometry, along with various other women’s health services, from holistic medicine to lymphedema therapy.
At RBMC’s Center for Women, you’ll find a compassionate group of professionals devoted to your well-being. Because we understand the value of a little more help… and a little less to worry about.
Schedule an Appointment
RBMC’s Center for Women has two outpatient locations including our longstanding Old Bridge office and a newly opened Women’s Imaging suite in Perth Amboy. Both offer a host of amenities for optimal privacy, comfort and convenience, including free parking and easy access to all hospital services.
Old Bridge: 3 Hospital Plaza, Suite 302 (Medical Arts Building)
Perth Amboy: 530 New Brunswick Avenue, 1st Floor Blue Wing (enter from Lawrie Street)
To schedule an appointment, please call 732.324.5270.
Women’s Imaging and Diagnostics
RBMC is lauded as a Pink Ribbon FacilityTM in recognition of superior imaging for early breast cancer detection and the advancement of women’s health. Our nationally recognized Center for Women offers a wide array of diagnostic services, including the latest technology and techniques:
Digital Mammography– Double Read Method – Every screening mammogram is carefully reviewed for abnormalities by two radiologists and checked again with a sophisticated, computer-aided detection system (CAD) for a third evaluation. These three checks insure that you are getting the best care possible…three different checks, for three times the peace of mind.
Identifying abnormalities in breast tissue is very difficult. Large research studies have shown that having two doctors perform a separate evaluation of each mammogram and then comparing their opinions significantly increases the likelihood of identifying cancer. If the opinions of the two radiologists are different, a third physician will be consulted until a determination is reached.
Each year, according to the American Cancer Society, approximately 40 million mammograms are performed on women in the United States,the majority with 2D digital mammography. Approximately 4 million women are called back for additional examinations, more than 1 million minimally invasive biopsies are performed, and about 300,000 cancers are detected. Although breast cancer survival rates are increasing, 40,000 women still die of breast cancer each year in the U.S.
A new study, released this year in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR), comparing Hologic®3D mammography technology, called breast tomosynthesis, with conventional 2D mammography alone, showed a significant reduction in recall rates and a sizeable increase in cancer detection with 3D mammography.
“3D mammograms overcome many of the limitations of conventional mammography, namely missed cancers and unnecessary recalls,” says Donna Earley, R.T. and director of Diagnostic Imaging at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
“The use of this groundbreaking technology when performing a screening exam allows our radiologists to see distortions of the breast tissue in greater detail than with 2D mammography alone,” says Donna. “This results in earlier detection of cancers when they are easier to treat and a reduction in false positives that may look worrisome on conventional digital mammography.”
A new study found that the use of 3D mammography resulted in:
38% drop in recall rates
11% drop in biopsy rates
35% increase in cancer detection rates
53% increase in invasive cancer detection rates
Fortunately for women in central New Jersey, Hologic 3D mammography is now available exclusively at the Center for Women at Raritan Bay Medical Center.
When Should You Have Your First Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Clinical breast exams (CBE) should occur about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctors. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Some women, because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors, should consider additional screenings. Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.
To schedule a 3D mammogram appointment, call 732.324.5270.
Treatment & Rehabilitation
The Center for Women works in partnership with several RBMC departments to provide a continuum of women’s health services, including the following:
Treatment for Urinary Incontinence – Professionals from the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation offer the newest treatments for incontinence, pelvic pain and other conditions to help women reclaim a full, active lifestyle.
Lymphedema Therapy – Certified physical therapists assist in the prevention and management of lymphedema, a medical complication associated with breast cancer treatment.
Holistic Medicine – Women can achieve optimal healing and wellness through a variety of holistic therapies offered in conjunction with RBMC’s Division of Integrative Medicine. Acupuncture, massage, Reiki and Tai Chi are just a few of the services available.
Focus on Wellness
The Center for Women promotes healthy living through one-on-one counseling and a Resource Library filled with literature, videos, computer workstations and other tools to empower and educate women; from stress management, to nutrition, to illness prevention. Each of our facilities offers this complimentary service to patients and the community.
Our Team Approach
Our experienced team of board certified physicians, registered nurses, licensed therapists and other women’s health specialists work with your doctor to develop a customized plan of care.
For more information about Center for Women services, call 732-360-4232.
Human Motion Institute
At the Human Motion Institute, our goal is simple: to return our patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible.
The Human Motion Institute is a unique program offering a comprehensive treatment continuum of care within a highly integrated health care delivery network. Our goal is simple: to return our patients to normal function as quickly and safely as possible.
To reach this goal, the medical professionals at the Human Motion Institute enlist a comprehensive, leading edge approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Our talented team of medical professionals works with each patient and their primary care physician to develop a treatment plan specifically for that patient. By combining extensive clinical expertise with a compassionate, caring treatment philosophy, we have created a program known for its quality of care.
Our highly qualified staff has particular expertise in the operating room and in patient recovery. If it is at all possible, our surgeons prefer non-surgical solutions. If surgery is the right solution, the Human Motion Institute physicians have the training and skill you can be confident in. Regardless of your needs, the Human Motion Institute at Raritan Bay Medical Center has the ability to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
530 New Brunswick Avenue · Perth Amboy, New Jersey 08861
One Hospital Plaza · Old Bridge, New Jersey 08857
Joslin Diabetes Center
Since 1898, the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston has earned an international reputation for excellence and is widely recognized as the world’s foremost leader in diabetes treatment, education, and research. Joslin’s Affiliated Programs was established in 1987 to make Joslin’s programs, services, and expertise available to premier healthcare providers across the United States. RBMC is proud to be one of only 37 national and two international Affiliate locations.
To manage or avoid diabetes-related complications, the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center evaluates your needs and offers an optimal diabetes management program that is based on your medical diagnosis, your personal needs and your lifestyle. A multi-disciplinary team of specialists, including a board certified endocrinologist, registered dietitian, nurse educator and other medical and support professionals provide comprehensive, specialized services such as:
Diabetes screening, comprehensive care and management
Complication screening, prevention and treatment
Medication and weight management
Education* and nutrition services
Insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor management
Gestational diabetes management
Center for Sleep Medicine
The Center for Sleep Medicine is a state of the art facility, which provides diagnosis and treatment for a variety of sleep disorders and ailments. We specialize in children and adults aged 4 and up. A sleep study is a non invasive test which records 16 different channels of information including sleep pattern, heart rate, brain waves, oxygen level and muscle tone while you sleep overnight or during the day in a private hotel like room. Evening studies are conducted at 9:15 pm and 9:30 pm Monday thru Saturday evenings. Daytime study times are on a case by case basis. The Center for Sleep Medicine is one of only a few sleep centers in the state accredited by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Types of Studies
Several types of sleep studies can be conducted at The Center for Sleep Medicine. Some of the most common disorders that may be studied include sleep apnea, leg movements, night terrors and Narcolepsy. Once diagnosed, patients may be prescribed medication or respiratory adjuncts. In rare cases, surgery may be needed to correct a condition. All aspects of the testing process are handled at the center, and test results are forwarded to the patients referring physician to ensure a comprehensive treatment plan.
Comfort & Convenience
The Center for Sleep Medicine appears to be anything but a clinical experience. Four private rooms boast extra long beds, TV’s and a beautiful view of the surrounding landscape. Caregivers or a parent may stay overnight if the patient requires assistance or is a minor. Private showers make it convenient for those patients that need to be up early and prepare for work. With an evening snack and a continental breakfast provided all efforts have been made to make the patient’s experience as comfortable and home-like as possible.
Arranging for a Sleep Study
Patients can be referred by their physician or they can call us for a physician referral. You must have a prescription from a physician to have a sleep study.
Sleep studies are usually covered by insurance, but it is recommended that all patients check with their insurance carrier for coverage details. The Center for Sleep Medicine will check with your insurance carrier and notify you about a referral, if needed.
Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Stroke Center – Your partner in Stroke Prevention, Treatment and Recovery
Raritan Bay Medical Center is a state-designated Primary Stroke Center promoting a comprehensive approach to stoke care. With a full continuum of preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services, the center provides dedicated, highly skilled stroke specialists – including emergency medicine physicians and staff neurologists, radiologists, internists, nurses, speech pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacies and social workers.
Eighty percent of strokes are preventable, AND most strokes are treatable.
A majority of stroke victims can experience a complete recovery when treated within three hours of the stroke’s onset.
Know all the facts about stroke before one occurs. This may save your life or the life of a loved one.
What is stroke?
A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or ruptures. This prevents the brain from getting the blood and oxygen it needs, causing brain cells to die. When that happens, individuals may suffer irreversible brain damage, including paralysis and mental impairment. The stroke’s impact will depend on such factors as the precise location of the clot or rupture, how much of the brain has been damaged, and how quickly treatment is administered. There are two primary types of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. About 80 percent of strokes are ischemic, caused by a blocked brain vessel. Less common are hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when a vessel ruptures and bleeds into surrounding areas of the brain.
Some individuals suffer from a TIA (transient ischemic attack), also known as a “mini stroke.” During this condition, a blood clot obstructs the flow of blood to the brain for a short period of time and resolves itself. Although symptoms disappear quickly, if left untreated a TIA will put you at ten times the risk for stroke.
What are the signs of stroke?
Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately or get to the closest hospital emergency room. Every second counts because time lost is brain lost.
Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
When stroke occurs, nearly two million brain cells are lost with each passing minute. That’s why it is critical for victims to recognize the early warning signs and receive rapid medical intervention. Left to run its natural course, a stroke can destroy 1.2 billion cells resulting in permanent brain damage.
More than 80 percent of strokes can be effectively treated with the FDA-approved, clot-busting drug known as TPA (tissue plasminogen activator). When administered within three hours of stroke symptoms, this medication stops a stroke in its tracks by dissolving the blood clot and restoring blood flow to the brain. It can mean the difference between permanent disability and a full recovery. There is a three-hour window for successfully treating stroke with TPA making it essential that individuals arrive at the hospital within one hour of experiencing stroke symptoms.
Other therapeutic options may include surgery, endovascular procedures and rehabilitative therapies.
Am I at risk for stroke?
There are several risk factors that increase your chances of suffering a stroke. Some are related to hereditary or conditions beyond your control, while others can be changed or managed through healthier lifestyles and medical intervention.
Risk factors include:
High Blood Pressure
Personal or family history of stroke or heart disease
Obesity/poor diet (diets high in saturated fat, trans fat and sodium)
Age (After age 55, your stroke risk doubles with every decade)
Gender (Stroke is more common in men than women)
Race (African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke than Caucasians)
How can I prevent a stroke?
You can prevent a stroke by controlling as many risk factors as possible. Protect yourself with the following measures:
Watch your cholesterol and blood pressure, and modify them if necessary
Manage such medical conditions as diabetes and heart disease
Practice good nutrition by choosing healthier foods, such as fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products
Exercise regularly, with permission and guidance from your physician
For more information about Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Stroke Center, call 732.324.4970.
To schedule a stroke awareness presentation or health screening for your community organization, call 732.324.5315. For referral to a physician, call 1-800 DOCTORS or 800.362.8677.
With locations in Perth Amboy and Old Bridge, New Jersey, Raritan Bay Medical Center delivers critical world-class healthcare services care to Monmouth and Middlesex County residents. As providers of first-class healthcare in the areas of stroke, cardiology, cancer, physical rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatric medicine, Raritan Bay Medical Center continues to stay on the forefront of medicine.
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