It’s an honor

Matheny is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Lawrence T. Taft Award, given to medical staff who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to serving its patient population. They are David F. Howarth, M.D., M.P.H, and Alfred F. Tallia, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Howard, left, and Dr. Tallia, right, were recently presented with the award by Gary E. Eddey, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer at Matheny. Both Drs. Howarth and Tallia are also part of the family medicine staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and members of the faculty at RWJU Medical School.

The late Dr. Lawrence Taft was a member of the Matheny medical staff for 13 years. He helped establish the field of neurodevelopmental pediatrics and, as the first chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at RWJU Medical School, was a founder of the Institute for the Study of Child Development.


Easing hospital transitions

Going to the hospital is tough for all of us. It’s extra tough for Matheny students and patients because of their special needs.

Now, thanks to funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a dedicated “transitional” nurse will help make sure special-needs patients get exactly the care and attention they need when moving to an acute care facility.

The new transitional nurse, Jeanne Lavelle, RN, says she is, “looking forward to being an advocate for our patients.  The whole plan is cutting edge and exciting. It’s an opportunity to provide better care and support for the families of our patients. I will help them ask the right questions, and I’ll be there to provide emotional support as well.”

Above, new transitional nurse Jeanne Lavelle, RN, center, confers with Lisa McKenna, RN, right, and staff physician Dr. Surbparkash Singh.