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Dr. Reza Farhangfar Receives Statewide APPLE Award for Collaboration with Chilton Hospital Nurses
09/18/2013

Reza Farhangfar, M.D.Pulmonologist Reza Farhangfar, M.D., is named a 2013 “Acknowledging Physician Partners: Liaison for Excellence (APPLE) Award” recipient in recognition of his collaboration with, and support for nurses at Chilton Hospital in the delivery of excellent patient care.

The Institute for Nursing, a foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association, will present the APPLE Award at its annual ceremony on October 9, at the Bally’s Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Only 14 physicians in the state received the honor this year.

Dr. Farhangfar, of Wayne, NJ, has been an active member of Chilton’s medical staff since 1992. He served as chairman of the Department of Medicine from 2007 to 2011. In 2011 he served as vice president of the medical staff, and became president in 2012. During his tenure as president, the hospital fully implemented Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE). The paperless system is designed to optimize patient care and patient safety.

“Dr. Farhangfar has provided great leadership and balance as the voluntary medical staff were supported to adopt the new CPOE system,” said Chilton’s Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Joanne Reich, DNPc, RN, MA, NEA-BC. “He continues to be involved in the adoption of technology and can be seen visiting patients with his iPad in hand. As Dr. Farhangfar often manages critically ill patients in the ICU, he is able to gently have the challenging end-of-life conversations with families, empathizing with their pain and sadness and then guiding them through the difficult decisions. Every encounter he has with his patients is kind and caring. In addition, Dr. Farhangfar recognizes that collaboration among the team members is crucial to optimal patient outcomes. He is always willing to review a case with the staff being open to their questions and their contributions to the care of the patient.”

Aside from spearheading Chilton’s CPOE project, Dr. Farhangfar achieved numerous accomplishments as president of Chilton’s medical staff, including:

  • Updating the credentialing process for physicians and licensed independent practitioners
  • Providing strong leadership through the enhancement of the credentialing process for advance practice nurses so that our patients could benefit from their expertise and contributions to care. 
  • Improving the process for communication of consultations to assure that provider-to-provider handoff remains effective and safe.
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About Reza Farhangfar, M.D.
Dr. Farhangfar is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonology. He operates Wayne Hills Medical Associates in Wayne, NJ, as a group medical practice. Dr. Farhangfar completed his fellowship, residency and internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Paterson, and received his medical degree from St. George’s University in Granada.

About the APPLE Award
Funds raised from the APPLE Award ceremony support scholarships and research grants for nursing students and nursing scholars in New Jersey. For more information, visit the New Jersey State Nurses Association website at www.njsna.org.

Chilton Hospital is a fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital. It is the first hospital in New Jersey to received Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Chilton recently embarked on a $24 million modernization project, which includes the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center and the Total Joint Center. It is also a four-time recipient of the HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Award in Stroke, and Five-Star Rated for Stroke Care, the highest possible, for six years in a row. In addition, Chilton is also Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement and Total Knee Replacement for 2012 and 2013. Chilton’s many services include a state-of-the-art Emergency Department, the Sleep Health Institute, the Comprehensive Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the Chilton Cancer Center, the MotherBaby Center a weight loss surgery program and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. The hospital is located at 97 West Parkway in Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. For more information about Chilton's facilities and services, or to find a doctor by name, specialty, or location, please visit www.chiltonhealth.org or call 1-888-CHILTON.

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