HackensackUMC Hosts CarFit Training for Seniors in Partnership with AAA, Teaneck and Woodcliff Lake Police Departments

September 20, 2016 04:38 PM
HackensackUMC helps Woodcliff Lake hold its first CarFit Program for senior citizens earlier this month.

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Trauma/Surgical Critical Care and Injury Prevention Section, Health Awareness Regional Program (HARP), AAA, Teaneck Police Department and Woodcliff Lake Police Department partnered together to host Woodcliff Lake’s first CarFit Program for senior citizens earlier this month.

“We were able to better ‘fit’ our senior drivers for maximum comfort and safety in their vehicles.  All it takes is a 20-minute assessment to enhance their safety as drivers,” said Meliam Gonzales, injury prevention coordinator, HackensackUMC. 

CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them.  The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could improve their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community.

Photo Caption: Pictured here back row from left to right: Mikhail Gilgur, AAA;  Police Officer Dan D’Alessio, Teaneck Police Departmnet; Ryan Gabel, AAA; Chief of Police Anthony Jannicelli, Woodcliff Lake Police Department; Police Officer Paul Brown, Woodcliff Lake Police Department; Sgt. Sean Hammel, Woodcliff Lake Police Department; Sgt. Craig DeGeorge, Woodcliff Lake Police Department. Front Row:  Police Officer Sara Quant, Teaneck Police Department; Meliam Gonzales, injury prevention coordinator, HackensackUMC; Nancy Wernikoff, Woodcliff Lake Senior Center.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.





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