Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Celebrates National Time Out Day

On June 13, Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center's Operating Room physicians and team members celebrated National Time Out Day to promote the importance of taking "time outs" for patient safety. National Time Out Day is an annual awareness campaign through the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) and supported by The Joint Commission to increase awareness of safe practices that lead to optimal outcomes for patients undergoing surgery and other invasive procedures.

AORN chose the theme for 2018 – "Be a Super Hero for Patient Safety" – and Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center's team members performed fun demonstrations and activities in the hospital's City Lights Café. Pictured here in the group photo are some of our Super Hero team members: Francia Vrtiak, RN; Sherie Ponting, RN; Suri Ponamgi, M.D.; Randy Pavia, M.D.; Christy Lizama; Olabisi Asimolowo, M.D.; Andrea Catbagan, RN; Gabby Tripodi, RN; Katherine Orden, ST; and Noelle Zuena, RN, playing the role of our patient.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.