Milltown, Princeton physicians will be honored by Saint Peter’s Healthcare System


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Saint Peter’s Healthcare System will honor physicians from Milltown and Princeton during this year’s gala.

This year’s gala, presented by Sills Cummis & Gross P.C., will honor Dr. William R. Bernstein of The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and Dr. Robert P. Fein of Astera Cancer Care with the 2021 Physician Appreciation Award; Affinity Federal Credit Union with the 2021 Bishop’s Award; and special recognition given to Saint Peter’s Healthcare System nursing staff.

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Milltown resident Bernstein, designated institutional official (DIO) and director of Medical Education, has been a pediatrician at Saint Peter’s for 28 years, providing care for children, many of whom are underserved and/or uninsured through Saint Peter’s Family Health Center.

Bernstein oversees three residency programs and two fellowship programs consisting of 105 physicians.

Under Bernstein’s leadership, every effort was made to keep medical residents updated on the ever-changing status of incoming patients, treatment protocols and more throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the statement.

A testament to the stellar medical education program he has created are the accreditations of the Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatric Residency Programs by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; the significantly high board-certification pass rates; and the number of graduating residents receiving prestigious fellowships, according to the statement.

Princeton resident Fein has been a practicing oncologist-hematologist at Saint Peter’s for almost 40 years.

Currently chief of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Saint Peter’s, it was under Fein’s leadership that Saint Peter’s oncology program expanded and received national accreditation, according to the statement. He was also instrumental in supporting opportunities for nursing certification, specifically in the specialty of oncology nurse certification.

Through the years, Affinity Federal Credit Union has supported a number of renovation projects including the expansion and modernization of Saint Peter’s Emergency Department and development of the Simulation Center for Interprofessional Learning.

The expansion and modernization allowed for more efficiency in implementing social distancing during the pandemic, as well as other new safety protocols, according to the statement.

Affinity also funded Moving On from Cancer, a rehabilitative exercise program for breast cancer survivors. This group therapeutic exercise program is designed to address the physical limitations breast cancer survivors often experience after chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Throughout the pandemic, many nurses were re-deployed to new assignments, adjusting to new responsibilities, yet always responding to the challenges with grace and determination to care for the most critically ill patients, according to the statement.

Even during this unprecedented time, Saint Peter’s was one of only five hospitals worldwide to have been designated as Magnet(r) hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association for six consecutive terms, according to the statement. Magnet is the highest honor for nursing service excellence that any hospital can receive.

The gala will be presented virtually on May 6 from 4-5 p.m.

All proceeds from the Gala will directly benefit Saint Peter’s University Hospital.

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