On Dec. 6, NAMI Mercer celebrated an open house of its new location in Hamilton, at 1235 Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Road, Building C, Suite 303. NAMI Mercer is a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness through education, advocacy and mutual support. Pictured are NAMI Mercer director of operations Danita Saunders-Davis, Hamilton economic development director Martin Flynn, Hamilton Township School District superintendent Scott Rocco, Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede,

RWJ Hamilton receives top marks

Robert Wood Johnson University Hopsital Hamilton recently received an “A” in the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety study.

The Leapfrog Group announced Oct. 31 the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Of the 2,632 hospitals graded in today’s update, 832 earned an “A,” 662 a “B,” 964 a “C,” 159 a “D” and 15 an “F.”

RWJ Hamilton’s “A” designation is a product of marked improvement in several areas since the previous survey. The hospital reduced patient falls, reduced healthcare-acquired infections (with zero in some categories), was awarded full credit for ICU physicians, and received full credit for safe practice: culture measurement, feedback and intervention.

The medical management of the ICU at RWJ Hamilton is now provided 24/7 by in-house, board-certified critical care physicians from Rutgers Health. With the switch, the hospital has already seen decreases in the time spent by patients on ventilators and the length of stay in the ICU.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring. For more information about the Safety Grade, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more on RWJ Hamilton, visit rwjhamilton.org.

Rotarian a ShelterBox ambassador

Hamilton Township resident Len Nemeroff into the ShelterBox USA Hall of Fame after Nemeroff recently raised more than $100,000 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict.

Of the more than 400 ShelterBox Ambassadors—volunteers who represent ShelterBox in their communities and fundraise on behalf of the organization—Nemeroff joins 22 others who have reached the $100,000 milestone. The funds raised through his efforts have provided more than 100 families with emergency shelter and supplies.

In addition to serving as a ShelterBox USA ambassador, Nemeroff is a member of the Rotary Club of Hamilton Township. He served as president of his club, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and was named Rotarian of the Year for 2010-2011. He has been a Rotarian since 1984.

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and activity sets for children.

ShelterBox is currently responding in the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Bangladesh following flooding in the north and the Rohingya refugee crisis in the south, and Somaliland where people are displaced by drought. The organization is also providing aid to people displaced by conflict situations in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter following more than 300 disasters in 95 countries.

For more information, visit shelterboxusa.org.