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2013 HRET Community Outreach Award

Several individuals and organizations were honored today Jan. 25, 2013 at the 94th Annual Meeting of the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) at the Hyatt Regency Princeton.

2013 Community Outreach Award for Enhancing Access and Quality of Care to Reduce Disparities.

The New Jersey Hospital Association and its Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey recognized Saint Peter’s University Hospital with a 2013 Community Outreach Award for Enhancing Access and Quality of Care to Reduce Disparities. In partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen, Saint Peter’s established a Clergy Health Initiative with the hospital’s Community Mobile Health Services (CMHS) providing a health fair and screenings for priests at their annual retreat and health education and screenings for individuals in parishes within the Diocese. Among those pictured are Ronald C. Rak, J.D., president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System; Nayan Kothari, M.D., chair of Internal Medicine; Rev. Msgr. Joseph Curry, director, the Diocese’s Office of Ministry of Priests; Marge Drozd, R.N., director of Community Mobile Health Services; and members of the CMHS team and colleagues.


NJHA and its Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey recognize organizations that identify community needs and implement programs to serve those needs. The 2013 awards recognized achievements in the following categories: enhancing access and quality of care to reduce disparities; improving end-of-life care; and preventing disease and injury.

For Enhancing Access and Quality of Care to Reduce Disparities, Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick was recognized for its “Clergy Health Initiative.” In partnership with the Diocese of Metuchen, the Saint Peter’s Community Mobile Health Services provided a health fair for priests at their annual retreat, which led to a larger outreach initiative that provided health screenings for individuals in parishes within the Diocese.

Health fair services included flu shots, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, skin cancer and memory screenings provided by registered nurses. Individual consultations with registered dietitians, pharmacists, financial counselors and physicians also were provided.

More than 300 individuals received health screenings and more than 100 received referrals for follow up. Through the program, 18 priests sought follow-up care at Saint Peter’s Department of Medicine. 

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