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Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives New Community Health Services Van

May 21, 2021

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives New Community Health Services Van
Community Gives Back to Revered Institution That Services Its Citizens
 
New Brunswick, N.J. – May 20, 2021 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital is proud to announce the addition of a new Community Health Services van, which will continue to help expand the mobile health services provided to the central New Jersey community. Saint Peter’s Community Health Services program provides mobile health screenings and educational programs to the public. Its staff of advance practice nurses and registered nurses travel to communities throughout Middlesex and Somerset counties, particularly to areas where healthcare services may be limited.

According to Marge Drozd, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, director of Community Health Services at Saint Peter’s, “Community Health Services offers healthcare services where our citizens ‘live, learn, work, play and pray.’ Our goal is to make health care convenient and accessible and we do that by bringing Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s extraordinary healthcare services to wherever you are.”

Funding for the new 40-foot van, which now replaces the hospital’s 34-foot van, was generously provided by Saint Peter’s Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization and the philanthropic arm of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System.

“The fact that we were able to raise the $280,000 purely from community donations is a testament to what Saint Peter’s means to the community, not only in New Brunswick where our brick and mortar facility is located, but to the greater community at-large,” said Emily Lyssikatos, director of Saint Peter’s Foundation. “The hospital has been providing superior medical care to New Jersey residents for over 110 years and as a Catholic institution is committed to delivering compassionate care that ministers to both body and soul. Providing the hospital with a new van so it can continue its mission completes the circle of giving.” 

Many in the area recognize Saint Peter’s Community Health Services van as a fixture in the community having seen it at key sites where services are provided including schools, retirement communities, day care centers, homeless shelters, senior centers, public housing complexes, shopping centers, churches and corporations. Providing accessible health care has been paramount this year due to the pandemic.

“During the COVID-19 crisis, Saint Peter’s Community Health Services staff went into hard hit areas identified as ’hot spots,’ distributing coronavirus care kits including educational materials about best practices, along with masks and hand sanitizer,” added Drozd. “Quality service is what we’re all about.”
Some of the services provided by the Community Health Services staff include:
  • Blood sugar screenings                       
  • Blood pressure screenings
  • Cholesterol screenings
  • Osteoporosis screenings
  • Skin cancer screenings
  • Vision screenings
  • Hearing screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Stroke risk assessment screenings
In addition to screenings and immunizations, Saint Peter’s Community Health Services provides education on a variety of topics including prostate health, breast health, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, nutrition and more. While primarily servicing Middlesex and Somerset counties, Saint Peter’s Community Health Services van has serviced areas as far south as Monmouth County, and is available in other areas where and when the need arises. In 2019, Community Health Services visited 330 sites and provided one or more health services to approximately 11,500 individuals. In Monroe Township alone, Saint Peter’s provides services at six active adult communities via its Nursing Healthcare Centers embedded onsite.
For more information about Saint Peter’s Community Health Services or to secure a visit for your local group, please call 732-339-7675​. To make a donation to Saint Peter’s Foundation, please call or email, 732-745-8542 or spfoundation@saintpetersuh.com.

About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.
 

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