Bariatric Surgery Center, Health Information Exchange, Parkinson's Disease Exercise Class Launched

Hackensack Meridian Health/Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy recently opened the Center for Bariatric Surgery under the medical direction of board certified and fellowship trained General Surgeon Karl Strom, M.D.. Designed for people struggling with weight loss through diet and exercise, and having accompanying health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, joint pain, and others, the service offers a safe and healthy option to lose weight and keep it off. Bariatric surgery or “weight-loss surgery” can be done utilizing one of three different procedures; Lap-Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, or Gastric Bypass, based on what is best for each patient. After surgery, patients can expect to lose an average of three to six pounds a week as a result of being satisfied with smaller portions of food. Call 732-497-1743, visit, or attend a free seminar. For a seminar schedule, held twice a month, call 1-800-DOCTORS.
Knockout PD, a 10-week, multifaceted exercise program designed to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, is now being offered at the Metuchen YMCA, 483 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen. Knockout PD combines non-contact boxing, strength training, balance, flexibility, and agility into a comprehensive 90-minute small group workout. Hannah Thomas, the wellness director of the Metuchen YMCA, will instruct the class. Knockout PD is currently in its pilot session at the Metuchen YMCA and will wrap up in early January. The next cycle of Knockout PD is scheduled to begin during the first week of February. The cost is $170 for the 10-week program. All registrants will be required to obtain medical clearance from a physician to participate. Class sizes are limited. Contact Thomas at hannah.thomas @ or at 732-548-2044, ext. 2217. Visit
The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) announces the launch of OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live. OneHealth New Jersey encompasses an interoperable health information exchange, as well as a patient health portal, extensive data analytics tools, and population health solutions. From the patient perspective, OneHealth New Jersey aims to offer a secure, one stop site for health information. Patients will not need to log into multiple portals, hand-carry their records, or rely on another office sending information via fax. Providing the right clinical information in the right place at the right time, OneHealth New Jersey will support the patient-physician relationship. Visit

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