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News Transcript Business Briefs, Oct. 7

Nicole E. French of Manalapan has been promoted to regional manager of southern New Jersey for Preferred Home Health Care and Nursing Services (PHHC), with offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

As regional manager, French will oversee the counties of Burlington, Camden and Gloucester for Preferred’s Mount Laurel branch; and the counties of Hunterdon, Mercer and Warren for the Robbinsville branch.

French’s responsibilities include streamlining Preferred’s best practices among 250 field nurses and home health aides in the post-COVID environment, and maintaining and growing relationships with clients, facilities and insurance case managers.

French, who joined Preferred in 2014, started out with Acelleron, Preferred’s durable medical equipment division, before joining the Mount Laurel office in 2016. Before joining PHHC, French worked for 15 years at Goldman Sachs & Co. and Citigroup Inc., where she was vice president of finance.

Jonathan Herman, COO of Preferred, said, “We are so happy to promote Nicole to her new role. Her enthusiasm, dedication and careful cultivation of our reputation perfectly embody the fabric of Preferred’s culture.”


Dr. Diane Attardi of Colts Neck has been named chief of neonatology and medical director of Monmouth Medical Center’s Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation Regional Newborn Center, which houses the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Attardi, who has 27 years experience in neonatology and joined Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, in 1999, holds board certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The NICU treats more than 500 fragile newborns each year for conditions such as prematurity, low birth weight, acute life-threatening illnesses and congenital disorders, in addition to performing delicate surgeries.


The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Freehold Township has launched a Russian cultural program. Dr. Lev Simkhayev is overseeing the initiative, which was developed in response to regional demand. The 150-bed skilled nursing facility provides post-hospital care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term residential care.  The Russian program features bilingual caregivers and medical professionals. Residents enjoy authentic cuisine prepared in house, special Russian cultural programming and recreational activities, as well as complimentary Kartina TV with 150 Russian channels and Russian newspapers.

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