Holy Name Medical Center staff at the Filipino Medical Program launch in Teaneck, N.J. on Dec. 2, 2015.  (Filipino Reporter photo)

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TEANECK, N.J. — Filipino-American patients now has a medical program they can call home in the tri-state area.

Holy Name Medical Center officially launched the Filipino Medical Program (FMP) during a press conference at Marian Hall on Dec. 2, 2015.

According to a press release provided by Holy Name, FMP is under the umbrella of Holy Name’s Asian Health Services (AHS) and is designed to meet the medical needs of this community in a culturally-sensitive environment, and provide amenities to make Filipino-American patients and their families feel welcome and comfortable.

Additionally, customized services include Filipino cuisine items added to the hospital menu for inpatients; Filipino newspapers and cable television channels in patients’ rooms; a translated patient guide; translation services; a dedicated community hotline; and a network of Filipino-American physicians.

The press release states that Holy Name’s faith-based mission also addresses the spiritual needs of its patients and visitors (who are predominantly Catholic) providing daily mass in the Medical Center’s interfaith chapel, which is also accessible via the patients’ bedside monitors.

In New Jersey, the Filipino population ranks third among Asians.

More than 116,341 Filipino-Americans reside in New Jersey.

Bergenfield has 4,569; and Jersey City is the highest with a whopping 16,213.

“Filipino-Americans are a key piece to the component of our care,” said Adam Jarrett, M.D., who delivered the welcoming remarks.

Dr. Jarrett is Holy Name’s chief medical officer.

Kyung Hee Choi, vice president of Asian Health Services, said, “We want to make Holy Name Medical Center our home to all Asians, serving all patients with compassionate care. We are here to remove all obstacles of health care insurance.”

Filipino physician Ray Villongco said, “The Filipino diet is very rich and flavorful. Our challenge is to promote healthier lifestyle, as well as early detection of diabetes. Holy Name will serve Filipino-Americans not only in Teaneck but all over the tri-state area because we are damn good at it!”

Among the dignitaries at the launch were Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro, Bergenfield, N.J. Councilman Arvin Amatorio, Esq. and Consul Kerwin Tate of the Philippine Consulate General of New York.

They all gave short speeches praising Holy Name’s new medical program. Veronica Lavarro is the program manager of FMP.

Medical Center Services include:

• Emergency Care Services
• Minimally Invasive Center
• Cardiovascular Services
• Regional Cancer Center
• Renal Center
• Inpatient Facilities
• Maternal / Fetal Medicine
• Radiology Services
• Breast Center
• Physical Therapy
• Center for Sleep Medicine
• Home Health Care
• Hospice and Palliative Services
• Asian Liver Center
• Asian Diabetes Center
• Asian Health Services

Customized Services include:

• Patient Guide and Translation Services
• Community Hotline
• Door-to-Door Shuttle Service
• Physician Referral and Scheduling Services
• Filipino Cuisine for Inpatients
• Filipino Newspapers, Magazines
• Filipino TV Channels, Internet Services
• Most Filipino Friendly Services
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To learn more about the Filipino Medical Program and Asian Health Services at Holy Name Medical Center, go online at holyname.org/filipino, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 201.833.3355.


At the launch of the Filipino Medical Program at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J. on Dec. 2. From left, Bergenfield, N.J. Councilman Arvin Amatorio, Esq., Veronica Lavarro (program manager of FMP), Cely T. Deauna, Dr. Linda Pelayo of the Filipino Reporter and Adela Munsod.  (Photo courtesy of Cely Deauna)

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