Mountainside Medical Center

A Funny Feeling That Kept Her Alive

On a busy Saturday in January of 2016, 46-year-old Audrey Anderson nearly wrote off symptoms of dizziness, clamminess and chest pressure, thinking she was just feeling under the weather. “I had climbed a flight of stairs to pick up my daughter, Olivia, who was 7 at the time,” Audrey remembers. “I just didn’t feel right, and I thought I was getting the flu. I didn’t want to wait until Monday to go see my doctor, so I went to the Emergency Room at Mountainside Medical Center.” That decision probably saved Audrey’s life. She went into cardiac arrest in the exam room.

The Emergency Room team leapt into action, restarting Audrey’s heart with electric shocks and putting her on a respirator. From there, she was transferred to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where doctors discovered extreme spasms, known as vasospasms, in her coronary arteries were cutting off blood flow to the heart.

Cardiologists at the hospital stabilized Audrey. A few days later, the medical director of the Catheterization Lab oversaw the insertion of an automatic defibrillator in Audrey’s heart.

Today Audrey is getting heathy and stays busy with her daughters, Olivia, now 8, and 14-year-old Lena. The Cardiac Rehab Department’s program and staff have been an integral part of her recovery, both physically and emotionally. Audrey is doing well because she didn’t ignore a funny feeling and went to the Emergency Room at Mountainside Medical Center.

President’s Message

Mountainside Medical Center is proud to continue to provide world-class health care in a community setting, as we have since our founding in 1891. We have successfully transitioned from a stand-alone facility to now being a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network, the largest in the state of New Jersey, which in turn has recently established a prestigious partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering. As we look back at our 125th year in 2016, we are keeping current and delivering convenient, quality, and local services to Montclair and surrounding towns.

This past year, we have witnessed meaningful infrastructure enhancements and impressive clinical achievements, as well as a celebratory milestone anniversary and a visit from our hometown hero, Dr. Buzz Aldrin.

Our Cancer Center was chosen as one of five medical centers to participate in a nationwide study of Breathlink – a test that can directly analyze breath for chemical biomarkers of breast cancer. The National Institute of Health awarded a $2 million grant to Menssana Research to evaluate this new rapid point-of-care breath test. Mountainside Medical Center is proud to be part of this cutting-edge study.

In 2016, we invested significant funds in capital improvements including our Emergency Department, Women’s Services and hospital way-finding. We have continued upgrading our medical technology with new state-of-the-art MRI, CT, Nuclear Medicine and Telemetry Systems. In addition, our Mountainside Medical Group has continued to grow with the addition of new primary care physicians, OB/GYNs and breast care specialists.

The development of a new Medical Office Building (MOB), which is projected to open in May 2019, will enable Mountainside Medical Center to further enhance the scope and quality of comprehensive care services we provide, while bringing additional economic and quality of life benefits to the community. The three-story MOB will accommodate 40-50 physicians, including our expanding Mountainside Medical Group. In addition to primary care, the MOB will include top-notch specialists serving areas of need in our community including OB, vascular, neurosurgery, urology, general surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, ENT and Hackensack University Medical Center Pediatric Specialists.

We’ve added additional depth to the quality, safety and convenience of our maternity services by restructuring the program to include a team of OB/GYN Hospitalists. These experienced physicians are now on-site 24/7 to support the private OB/GYNs and their patients. Already, we’ve improved patient safety and outcome as evidenced by lowered primary C-section rates. Mountainside Medical Center is pleased to be among the first facilities embracing this type of emerging care model, which has been endorsed by a number of prestigious national organizations.

In September, astronaut, “moon walker,” and bona-fide American hero Dr. Buzz Aldrin returned to the hospital to tour the department where he was born 86 years earlier. We were particularly pleased that the upgrades to our maternity facilities were completed in time for the visit from Dr. Aldrin.

Mountainside has served the diverse health care needs of generations for more than a century, and with our new affiliations and the continued support of our physicians, patients, team members, volunteers, civic leaders and area residents, we look forward to carrying on that distinguished tradition for another century.

John A. Fromhold

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s Visit was Out of This World

On September 16, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon, visited Mountainside Medical Center to visit its newly renovated Mother-Baby unit, where he was born in 1930.Buzz Baby He was greeted there by local government officials as well as hospital leadership and team members. During the tour, the hospital unveiled a plaque to honor the local hero.

”We are proud that hometown hero Buzz Aldrin was born right here at Mountainside Hospital,” said CEO John Fromhold.Buzz BOB “His journey from Mountainside to the Moon and back is a moving testament to the potential of every baby that starts their future here.”

Aldrin’s visit to the OB/GYN Department took place on the same day as the dedication of Buzz Aldrin Middle School (formerly Mount Hebron Middle School) in Montclair. Mountainside Medical Center was a lead sponsorship for this school dedication, committing $10,000 to underwrite the cost of renaming Mount Hebron Middle School. Mountainside Medical Center is also working in partnership with the Montclair School District to create a Buzz Aldrin STEM education program that will highlight the relationship between technology and medicine.

2016 Awards and Accolades
  • Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award
  • The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification for Joint replacement – Knee, Joint Replacement – Hip, Sepsis (first in New Jersey) and Heart Failure
  • The Joint Commission Reaccreditation
  • ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
  • Healthgrades 2017 Clinical Quality Award for Bariatric Surgery Excellence (awarded in 2016)
Leadership Team

John A. Fromhold

Tim O’Brien
Chief Operating Officer

Debra Regen
Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer

Francis Corridon
Vice President, Human Resources

Robert Cuneo
Assistant Operating Officer

Al Aboud
Chief Financial Officer

Tony Gilberti
Vice President, Specialty Development

Barry Mousa
NJ Capital Projects Manager

Karen Palatella
Vice President, Chief Quality & Compliance Officer

Jeffrey Welsh
Vice President, Physician Relations

Denise Zbar
Vice President, Physician Practices

Medical Staff Leadership

Juan L. Riestra, M.D.

Ross I.S. Zbar, M.D.
Vice President

Mark Drzala, M.D.

Jerome H. You, M.D.