Here's What's Happening December 21, 2022

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Salem Medical Center & Inspira Merger

Inspira Health Adds Salem Medical Center to its Comprehensive Health Care System

The collective strength of this partnership will propel access to high-quality care teams, innovative offerings and best-in-class resources to more people within the Salem community


Salem, NJ (December 16, 2022)Inspira Health today announced it has added Salem Medical Center to its organization and acquired its hospital building, ambulatory surgery center and physician offices, effective immediately. The transaction enables Salem Medical Center – which will now be referred to as Salem Medical Center, an affiliate of Inspira Health – to join the network by way of a membership substitution, the most common method of combining nonprofits in the health care industry.

“Salem Medical Center and Inspira Health share the same goal of empowering healthier communities, and through this partnership, our health system will be able to increase access to convenient, high-quality care in South Jersey,” said Warren Moore, FACHE, Executive Vice President and COO of Inspira Health. “Through this addition, Inspira will be providing an enhanced level of service, transporting and transferring patients to the most appropriate level of care. This is a milestone moment for our health system – and the community – to improve health outcomes as one collective team.”

In support of this effort, the New Jersey Joint Budget Oversight Committee has appropriated a total of $25 million to Inspira Health to provide Salem Medical Center the latest in medical and communication innovation, coupled with the safety and quality principles of a High Reliability Organization to benefit the community, patients, staff and employers.


During this ongoing transition – which is anticipated to take about one year – those working at the medical center will remain Salem Medical Center employees, and Inspira leadership will oversee the campus. Dave Yhlen, a tenured Inspira Health leader, will now serve as Chief Operating Officer of Salem Medical Center; Lydia Stockman will continue to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for Inspira’s Mullica Hill and Woodbury campuses, and now Salem. Amy Mansue’s position as President and CEO of Inspira Health now extends to Salem Medical Center, an affiliate of Inspira Health.  


“A longstanding commitment of Inspira Health has been to increase access to care in South Jersey. Adding Salem Medical Center to our system is just one of the many critical next steps in redefining the health care infrastructure in Salem County,” said Ronald Rossi, Chair, Inspira Health Board of Trustees. “Our organization has been part of Salem County for more than 70 years, and now through this partnership, we are reinforcing our commitment to the South Jersey community and are able to further help those in the Salem community.”


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About Inspira Health

Inspira Health is a charitable nonprofit health care organization and a regional leader in physician training, with approximately 234 medical residents and fellows in 14 nationally accredited programs at its hospitals in Vineland, Mullica Hill and Elmer. 

The system traces its roots to 1899 and comprises three hospitals, two comprehensive cancer centers, eight multi-specialty health centers, and more than 200 access points. These include urgent care; outpatient imaging and rehabilitation; sleep medicine labs; cardiac testing facilities; behavioral health, digestive health and wound care centers; home care and hospice; and more than 35 primary and specialty physician practices in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Camden and Atlantic counties. Additionally, Inspira EMS services six South Jersey counties.

Inspira’s 1,200-member medical staff and more than 7,000 employees provide an unwavering commitment to delivering a superior patient experience at every point of the journey. Technology and innovation investments provide a robust provider directory and a range of services, including online scheduling and virtual visits for both primary and specialty care providers. With a commitment to multi-channel digital access, Inspira is able to meet consumer demand for self-service and personalized care options.

Salem Medical Center, an affiliate of Inspira Health, joined the Inspira Health Network in December 2022. The Salem Medical Center team includes approximately 350 employees and a 225-member medical staff. The hospital has served the community for more than 100 years.

Accredited by DNV Healthcare and committed to the principles of high reliability, Inspira Health is focused on clinical excellence and patient safety. For more information about Inspira Health, visit or call 1-800-INSPIRA.

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Dave Yhlen Promoted to Salem Medical Center's Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

As you may know, our network of hospitals and medical centers is growing, with Salem Medical Center on the precipice of being the newest addition to Inspira Health later this week. This acquisition will be monumental for several reasons, not only because it helps us work toward our strategic plan goals, but because it will allow Inspira to broaden convenient access to high-quality health care in South Jersey.


In light of this exciting milestone, I am pleased to share that Dave Yhlen has been promoted, and will oversee Salem Medical Center’s campus as its Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In this new role, Dave will be responsible for all operations of Salem Medical Center and its facilities, and will report to Lydia Stockman. He will manage and coordinate hospital activities and the integration of SMC’s departments throughout Inspira, and will represent Salem Medical Center and Inspira as a leader of our HRO values and goals.

Dave’s leadership and focus on fostering a culture of safety will be a tremendous asset to both patients and employees of Salem Medical Center. He has been a vital part of Inspira for nearly a decade, serving in roles at every Inspira campus over that time period. I know he will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this position. Through this role, he will be able to strengthen and expand Inspira’s reach in South Jersey, making high-quality health care an accessible reality for a greater part of our community. 

With Dave in his new role, Ruth Bash, who joined our organization on December 12 has filled his position as our new System Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, reporting to me.

Please join me in congratulating Dave on his new role!

Warren E. Moore, FACHE

Executive Vice President & COO, Inspira Health


NJEDA Manufacturing Voucher Program Pre-Qualification Application Process Opened December 15

 Program offers grants of up to $250,000 to enable purchases of equipment to improve productivity and efficiency

TRENTON, N.J. (December 13, 2022) - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced it will begin accepting pre-qualification applications for the New Jersey Manufacturing Voucher Program (MVP) on Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. Funded at $20 million, the New Jersey MVP will provide grants to support the purchase of equipment to help manufacturers improve their operations.

A link to the pre-qualification application will be posted at at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and will remain open until December 22 at 11:59 p.m. Pre-qualification applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, NOT first-come, first-served. Interested manufacturers must pre-qualify to access the full application that will be made available at a later date. Applicants must complete the full application to be considered for grant funding.

The New Jersey MVP will focus on New Jersey manufacturers within targeted industries that will purchase equipment to integrate advanced or innovative technologies, processes, and materials to improve the manufacturing of their products. The MVP will offer grants valued at 30 to 50 percent of the cost of eligible equipment, including installation, up to a maximum award amount of $250,000.

The program will offer stackable bonuses for certified woman-, minority-, or veteran-owned businesses, businesses in Opportunity Zones, and businesses purchasing manufacturing equipment in New Jersey, as well as bonuses for companies that have a collective bargaining agreement in place. It will also provide higher award percentages for small businesses with fewer than 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees.

The NJEDA held an information session about the New Jersey MVP, which included details of the application process and a pre-qualification checklist. A link to that recording can be found at

Both for-profit and not-for-profit companies are eligible, not including home-based businesses. Only applications for future purchases will be considered. Therefore, interested applicants should not purchase equipment prior to submitting the full application at a future date. Projects where a contract has been signed, a purchase order has been placed, or a deposit has been made in advance of submitting an MVP application will not be considered for funding.

Complete eligibility criteria can be found at

About the NJEDA

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) serves as the State’s principal agency for driving economic growth. The NJEDA is committed to making New Jersey a national model for inclusive and sustainable economic development by focusing on key strategies to help build strong and dynamic communities, create good jobs for New Jersey residents, and provide pathways to a stronger and fairer economy. Through partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders, the NJEDA creates and implements initiatives to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life in the State and strengthen New Jersey’s long-term economic competitiveness.

To learn more about NJEDA resources for businesses, call NJEDA Customer Care at 844-965-1125 or visit 

Atlantic City Electric Offers Winter Storm Preparation Advice

Atlantic City Electric prepares year-round to make our grid smarter, stronger, and more resilient, but some major storms may still require us to restore power. Don’t get caught unprepared in an emergency. Here’s a quick checklist to help you stay connected to us when severe weather strikes

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Important News from USDA Rural Development



USDA Rural Development State Director, Jane Asselta, announced today that USDA Rural Development is investing $357, 272 in grants to 4 NJ businesses to lower costs, create jobs and combat climate change.


Also announced today is additional grant funding through the Inflation Reduction Act for farmers and rural small businesses. USDA Rural Development will be able to assist with 40 percent, up from the previous 25 percent, of total project costs for renewable energy or energy efficiency projects.  The Inflation Reduction Act funding allocated to New Jersey will increase five-fold, allowing USDA Rural Development New Jersey to green-light more projects in 2023. And with the 40% grant assistance, which can be combined with other incentive programs, these energy efficiency and renewable energy projects are more affordable.  

The deadline to apply for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP( grants is March 31, 2023. Applications for technical assistance grants are due Jan. 31, 2023. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year-round.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Maryann Tancredi, Rural Development New Jersey Business Programs Director, well in advance of the application deadlines to discuss their project and ask any questions about REAP, the application process or to register for an information listening session on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM. Additional information on the required materials and how to apply for REAP funding are available in the Dec 15, 2022, Federal Register.

To review the full press release posted today, go to

Janis L. Rega

Area Director

Hackettstown, Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

101 Bilby Road,Building 1-H

Hackettstown, NJ  07840

Phone: 908-441-7523

Creek's Edge Pizza & Grill Hosts Pet Drive

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Dec. 26 - 31 Food Truck Week at Farmers & Bankers Brewing

Hampton Inn December & January Specials

American Red Cross Blood Drive Locations


Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives in Salem County with available appointments include:


Tuesday 12/27/2022 from 2 - 7 p.m. at VFW Post 1952, 171 South Broadway, Pennsville 08070


Wednesday 12/28/2022 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 117 South Main Street, Woodstown 08098


Tuesday 1/3/2023 from 2 - 7 p.m. at the Sharptown United Methodist Church, 3 Chapel Street, Pilesgrove 08098


Friday 1/6/2023 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Penns Grove Masonic Lodge, 330 Georgetown Road, Carneys Point 08069


To make an appointment to donate blood, go to and enter the zip code of the desired donation location.


With sincere thanks to the Salem County Chamber of Commerce members for their generous and ongoing support,

Cindy McManus

American Red Cross - Community Volunteer Leader - Salem County

cell: 856 217-4986


Farmers & Bankers Brewing Events

Farmers and Bankers Brewing in Woodstown, NJ is a great place to host your next gathering or celebration. We are currenlty booking dates into 2023. If interested, you can fill out this form or email Megan Brown



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NJBAC Clarifies Skip the Straw Guidelines



Attached please find the NJ Clean Communities Council’s latest flyer for the rebranded Skip the Straw Campaign. As many of you know there is some confusion about the straw section of the ban the plastic bag law. The bottom line is that the plastic straw can only be provided upon request. A paper straw can be given out even if not requested. However, the plastic straws continue to be given out without the customer requesting them. So to help, this flyer is now available and you can send you constituents to the Litter Free NJ website as a download in the hopes that businesses throughout NJ will download and print and use as needed. Our goal is a consistent message in all businesses to help with compliance. If there is anything we can do to further outreach or compliance assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.



Click HERE for Details




Melanie Willoughby

Executive Director

NJ Business Action Center

33 W. State Street, 4th Floor

P.O. Box 820

Trenton, NJ 08625-0820

P: 609-633-8301 F: 609-292-5509

C: 609-462-6917



January 10 - 1pm Grand ReOpening & Ribbon Cutting at Hampton Inn

January 12 Chamber Coffee & Connections Networking hosted by Ross Enterprises - 8:00 am - 9:30am

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March 18, 2023 Save The Date - Habitat for Humanity's Pocketbook Bingo

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