The following is the New Jersey Nursing Initiative (NJNI) weekly news roundup, highlighting nursing and health care stories from around the state.

New award recognizes New Jersey nursing educator for leading change (
Maria Torchia LoGrippo, PhD, MSN, BSN, a nursing educator at Rutgers University, Newark, and Seton Hall University, South Orange, is one of 10 recipients of the new Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award created by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. LoGrippo, an NJNI scholar alumna, and nine other nurses are being honored for extraordinary efforts to improve the health and lives of people in their communities.

5 N.J. hospitals named to Leapfrog’s Top Hospitals list (NJ Biz)
Five New Jersey hospitals have been named to the annual Top Hospitals list by the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring the leverage of large purchasers of health care to the table in order to advance the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the United States. The five New Jersey hospitals are Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood; Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken; Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; and Virtua Voorhees Hospital, Voorhees.

Mazzeo Introduces Bill to Help Cover Costs for Nursing Homes & Long-Term Care Facilities When Medicaid Drags Its Feet (PolitickerNJ)
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo has introduced legislation to help seniors and other vulnerable residents get the specialized care they need from various long-term care facilities when Medicaid throws up a road block. Designated the “Uncompensated Pending Medicaid Beneficiary Payment Relief Act,” the bill (A-3928), would provide payments to certain long-term care facilities for residents who have applied for Medicaid but whose eligibility has not been determined more than 90 days after the initial application.