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December 4, 2020

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New Jersey Department of Health Announces Recipients of Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards

The New Jersey Department of Health today announced the recipients of the second annual New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards. These awards follow the observance of Antibiotic Awareness Week, an annual recognition hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the month of November to raise awareness of the importance of appropriate antibiotic use to combat the threat of antibiotic resistance.

“These awards recognize healthcare facilities that have developed, implemented and maintained high standards for antimicrobial stewardship program efforts,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs been shown to reduce healthcare associated infections, length of stay, inappropriate use of antimicrobials, and antimicrobial-use associated costs.”

The New Jersey Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Awards is a voluntary, incentive program that encourages healthcare facilities to assess how well they are applying the CDC’s Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship, a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use, advance patient safety and improve outcomes. The complexity of medical decision-making surrounding antibiotic use and the variability in facility size and types of care in U.S. healthcare settings require flexible programs and activities.

Returning Stewards who were awarded last year were eligible to reapply to the same category, either gold silver, or bronze levels, while new applicants were eligible to receive recognition for a non-tiered Antimicrobial Steward Award. This new award was modified in recognition of the  challenges New Jersey’s healthcare facilities experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic . Each awardee will receive a certificate and virtual badge from the Department to acknowledge their work in improving the use of antimicrobial medications within their facilities. Below is a list of the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition awardees.


Antimicrobial Steward Award: Acute Care Facilities
AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center
Hackettstown Medical Center
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Chester
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - Saddlebrook
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation - West Orange
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newton Medical Center
Pascack Valley Medical Center
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - Somerset
Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Antimicrobial Steward Award: Post-acute Care Facilities
Carepoint Health - Bayonne Medical Center Transition Care Unit
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls
Heath Village
Job Haines Home
The Dwelling Place at Saint Clare's
Gold Award: Acute Care Facilities
CarePoint Health - Bayonne Medical Center
Atlantic Health System - Chilton Medical Center
Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health - Community Medical Center
Cooper University Healthcare
Hackensack Meridian - Hackensack University Medical Center
Inspira Medical Center - Elmer
Inspira Medical Center - Mullica Hill
Inspira Medical Center - Vineland
Jefferson - Cherry Hill Hospital
Jefferson - Stratford Hospital
Jefferson - Washington Township Hospital
Monmouth Medical Center
Monmouth Medical Center - Southern Campus
Atlantic Health System - Morristown Medical Center
Ocean Medical Center
Overlook Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian - South Ocean Medical Center
Saint Joseph's Wayne Hospital
Saint Joseph's University Hospital
Saint Mary's General Hospital
Saint Peter's University Hospital
Gold Award: Post-acute Care Facilities
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, Long Term Care
Silver Award: Acute Care Facilities
Bayshore Medical Center
Deborah Heart and Lung Center
Hackensack Meridian - JFK Medical Center
Holy Name Medical Center
Hunterdon Medical Center
Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center
Saint Clare's Denville Hospital
Salem Medical Center
Saint Clare's Dover Hospital
Saint Michael's Medical Center
Silver Award: Post-acute Care Facilities
Broadway House for Continuing Care
Christian Health Care Center
Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center - Berlin
Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center - Mt. Holly
Bronze Award: Acute Care Facilities
Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Cape Regional Medical Center
Capital Health - Regional Medical Center
Capital Health Medical Center - Hopewell
CentraState Medical Center
Clara Maass Medical Center
East Orange General Hospital
Hackensack Meridian Health - Raritan Bay Medical Center
Jersey City Medical Center
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian - Riverview Medical Center
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
University Hospital
Bronze Award: Post-acute Care Facilities
AristaCare at Delaire
CareOne at Cresskill
CareOne at Teaneck
Parker at Somerset
Preakness Healthcare Center
The New Jersey Firemen's Home
Christian Healthcare Center - Ramapo Ridge Psychiatric Hospital

More information about antibiotic awareness can be found at https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/njantibioticsaware.shtml or at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/antibiotic-use/week/get-involved.html

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Last Reviewed: 12/4/2020