Regional Medical Director of New Jersey’s HCR ManorCare to Receive Honor

Toledo, Ohio – A benevolent collaborator of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, the New Jersey Institute for Nursing, has disclosed the achievers for its 2011 Acknowledging Physician Partners: A Liaison for Excellence (APPLE) Awards. HCR ManorCare is pleased to declare that New Jersey Regional Medical Director Dr. Joseph Higgins is one of those who were given the honor.

The APPLE Awards recognize those physicians who exhibit work of the best quality in their fields and gives support to the nurses as well as the patients who they work with. President of the Institute of Nursing Judy Schmidt pertains to those who were given the awards as truly partners who envision the doctor-nurse affiliation as one of collaboration, mutual support, and respect.

Dr. Higgins was given the nomination for the award for his exceptional job as an attending physician as well as for his role as Regional Administrative Medical Director for HCR ManorCare facilities in New Jersey. D.O. Vice President, Chief Medical Officer Mark Gloth stated that the leadership of Dr. Higgins as a Regional Medical Director has been very important to the accomplishments that they have witnessed in enhanced quality of care and reduced recidivism. He went on saying that Dr. Higgins is an excellent physician as well as a superb educator. Dr. Higgins is well-known as very active in connecting the space between physicians and nurses in the region while empowering and education those who work with him.

Aside from his extraordinary educational background at Dickinson College, Georgetown University, Thomas Jefferson University, and UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Higgins also has received certifications from the American Medical Doctors Association and the American Board of Internal Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Higgins is actively connected with the Pain Management and Pressure Ulcer Prevention Ad Hoc Committees and also with the Physician Advisory Board. Regional Director of Operations Ruth Graziano commented that Dr. Higgins has given them help in putting into practice as well as in fulfilling their vision of being the head in post-acute skilled nursing and rehabilitation care in New Jersey.

The awards are intended to be given on December 8, 2011 at the APPLE Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Princeton in New Jersey.

The HCR ManorCare health care unit is made up of centers that are the head suppliers of short-term post-acute services. The HCR ManorCare centers, having 60,000 caregivers all over the country, are the finest care providers in their networks. These areas function mainly under the esteemed ManorCare Health Services, Arden Courts, and Heartland names. The skilled nursing as well as rehabilitation centers offer post-hospital care for those patients who are well on their way from the hospital to home. The clinical teams have the proven history as well as commitment to affect the accomplishment of patients who required this stage of post-acute care so that they can go back him to a significant lifestyle.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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