Priscilla Rodriguez, 74, knew something was wrong one evening in January 2016. Her day was like any other day, until, upon her return home from work, she went to the bathroom and discovered that she was bleeding. Although she was not experiencing any pain or feeling sick, she quickly called her primary care doctor, who told her to head directly to the Emergency Room. Sihana Sela, P.A., a physician assistant at Mountainside Medical Center explains, “After menopause, women should not experience any bleeding. Even one spot is not normal and should be evaluated immediately.”

President’s Message

Mountainside Medical Center is proud to continue to provide world-class care since our founding in 1891. This past year, we upheld our long tradition of service as a community health care provider and made great strides in ensuring that we are well-positioned for the future.

Combating the Opioid Epidemic

In response to the alarming news that someone in America dies every 19 minutes from heroin or prescription opioid overdose, Mountainside Medical Center established partnerships with other concerned organizations and hosted events for health care providers and the public.

Working with Police to Collect Excess Medications

In observance of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, Mountainside arranged a “Safe Medication Drop Off” location in partnership with the Montclair Police Department. The public was invited to bring their excess prescription medications to the hospital to ensure safe disposal.

Former Prosecutor Invited to Medical Grand Rounds

Former Bergen County Prosecutor and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal visited the medical center and spoke at Grand Rounds. He emphasized the pivotal role the medical community must play and provided guidance for developing collaborative programs with law enforcement, treatment providers and mental health professionals.

RADEO Grant to Reduce Adverse Opioid Events

Mountainside Medical Center was awarded a Reducing Adverse Drug Events Related to Opioids (RADEO) grant from the Society for Hospital Medicine for provider and patient education. Dr. Stephen Bekanich and Kevin Vuernick, two RADEO program mentors, visited the medical center and met with leadership and clinical staff to discuss strategies for reducing overuse, misuse and adverse drug events from opioid prescribing.

Leadership Team

John A. Fromhold


Tim O’Brien

Chief Operating Officer

Dell Oliver

Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Francis Corridon

Vice President, Human Resources

Al Aboud

Chief Financial Officer

Karen Palatella

Vice President, Chief Quality & Compliance Officer

Jeffrey Welsh

Vice President, Physician and Business Development

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.