O'Brien Speaks at New Jersey Hospital

Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ was renamed Holy Name Medical Center this month. The name change reflects the institution’s growth in services and technology, the doubling of medical staff and increases in patient volume in recent years.

At the renaming event, featured speaker Soledad O’Brien, who has covered the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile for CNN, praised the medical center’s work.

"You’re valuing a mission that goes beyond your walls," she said. "What a tremendous difference you’re making in people’s lives."

Several Holy Name physicians and staff traveled to Haiti to donate an oxygen processor to Hopital Sacre Coeur, a 66-bed hospital north of Port-au-Prince that treats more than 420 patients daily.

Anesthesiologists Alan Gwertzman and Timothy Finley, who recently returned from a 10-day trip to Haiti to treat earthquake victims along with Dr. David Butler, an OB-GYN, said they watched several patients die because of inadequate resources.

Gwertzman recalled how a 16-year-old girl developed complications from surgery, turned blue and died because there was not enough oxygen.

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