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New Jersey Hospitals’ Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Earns ‘Gold Steward’ Recognition from NJ Department of Health

Voorhees, NJ (December 7, 2022) — For the fourth year in a row, Jefferson Health’s three New Jersey hospitals — located in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and Washington Township — have been recognized as New Jersey Antibiotics Aware Gold Stewards, as part of the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Antimicrobial Stewardship Recognition Program.

In earning Gold Steward recognition, Jefferson Health’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) is recognized for promoting a higher standard of care in the State of New Jersey, in conjunction with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

“We are proud to be recognized by the NJDOH for our successful and sustainable ASP, which began in November 2014,” said Cindy Hou, DO, Infection Control Officer and Medical Director of Research. “The goals of our program include ensuring the appropriate use of antimicrobials to preserve their efficacy; preventing antimicrobial overuse and misuse and associated adverse drug events; optimizing selection, dosage, and duration of antimicrobials; as well as decreasing the advent of new resistant organisms and reducing the spread of existing ones.”

Jefferson Health’s multidisciplinary committee oversees its ASP across each of its three New Jersey hospitals. The committee is led by Dr. Hou and Nikunj Vyas, PharmD, Infectious Diseases Clinical Pharmacy Specialist.

“The key to our success relies on our multidisciplinary ASP approach,” Dr. Vyas said. “We have exceptional collaboration and input from the Infectious Diseases, Pharmacy, Nursing, Administration, Informatics and Microbiology teams. With this approach, we have been able to be creative and optimize our resources to improve patients’ lives.”

Jefferson was recognized at an NJDOH online awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 7. For more information, visit

About Jefferson HealthJefferson Health, home of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is reimagining health care in the greater Philadelphia region and southern New Jersey. Jefferson’s dedicated team of doctors, nurses, health professionals and staff provides a range of primary to highly specialized care through 18 hospitals (10 are Magnet®-designated by the ANCC for nursing excellence), more than 50 outpatient and urgent care locations, the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Moss Rehabilitation Hospitals and Magee Rehabilitation and the JeffConnect® telemedicine program. For 2021-2022, Jefferson is ranked among the nation’s best hospitals in seven specialities by U.S. News & World Report. Jefferson Health’s mission is to improve the lives of patients in the communities it is privileged to serve through safe, effective, equitable, compassionate care.

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