Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 5, 2018
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Hackensack Meridian Health  
732-776-4166
donna.sellmann@hackensackmeridian.org

Hackensack Meridian Health First Health System in New Jersey to Offer New Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center Now Offering CPAP Alternative for People with Obstructive Sleep Apnea  

Neptune, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, announced that Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center are among the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer an innovative new treatment option called Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy to help obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients who are unable to use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

“Jersey Shore University Medical Center is excited to be among the first hospitals in New Jersey to offer an innovative new treatment, Inspire therapy, as a promising alternative for sleep apnea patients who are unable to use CPAP,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Studies show that Inspire therapy will enhance the patient experience by reducing sleep apnea events and improving patient outcomes.”

More than 18 million Americans are affected by sleep apnea, which can potentially be a life-threatening condition. Research shows that poorly managed sleep apnea increases a person’s risk of heart attack, stroke, weight gain, high blood pressure and heart failure. While CPAP can be a successful therapy option, studies show that approximately half of all patients who start CPAP eventually become non-compliant.

“Hackensack University Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our sleep apnea patients with cutting-edge treatments like Inspire therapy,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, regional president, northern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Sleep apnea impacts millions of Americans, and this advanced therapy will help us treat more patients who struggle with CPAP.”

Inspire therapy is the first implantable device for treating OSA. In comparison to CPAP, Inspire therapy works from inside the body and with a patient’s natural breathing process. The implantable device includes a small generator, sensing lead and stimulation lead. Activated by a handheld remote, the device sends mild stimulation to key airway muscles, keeping the airway open during sleep.

In the Stimulation Therapy for Apnea Reduction (STAR) trial, a clinical trial that tested the safety and efficacy of Inspire therapy and was published in the January 9, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, patients experienced a significant reduction in sleep apnea incidents and substantial improvement in quality of life.

To learn more about Inspire therapy and sleep services at Hackensack Meridian Health, please call 732-776-3307 and press 2 for the sleep navigator.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.