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            COMMUNITY UPDATE                                                               CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

     Inspira Radiation                    an array of oncology specialists all under

     Oncology in Vineland                 one roof. Inspira’s formal cancer services   SBA Opens PPP Direct Forgiveness Portal
                                          date back to 1979 when the region’s first
     Earns National                       cancer center opened in the old Millville   The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a streamlined
                                          Hospital. Inspira’s radiation oncology   Paycheck Protection Program forgiveness application portal to allow borrowers
     Accreditation                        program provides an array of treatments,   with PPP loans of $150,000 or less to apply for forgiveness directly through the
        The Department of Radiation Oncology   including image-guided and intensity-  SBA. On August 4, the portal will begin accepting applications from borrowers
     at Inspira Medical Center Vineland has   modulated radiation therapy; stereotactic   that have a PPP loan with a lender that has opted into the forgiveness portal.
     been awarded full three-year accredita-  radiosurgery; and stereotactic body radio-  The new forgiveness portal will help rush relief to over 6.5 million smallest
     tion after a recent on-site survey by the   therapy.
     American College of Radiology (ACR).   The radiation oncology team comprises   of small businesses. The SBA also is starting up a PPP customer service team to
                                                                                answer questions and directly assist borrowers with their forgiveness applica-
     The department first earned accreditation   board-certified radiation oncologists, reg-  tions. Borrowers needing assistance or with questions can call 1-877-552-2692,
     in the late 1990s, becoming one of the first   istered radiation therapists, nationally cer-  Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Lenders must opt into the program
     in the state to be recognized by the ACR.    tified oncology nurses, and dosimetrists.   through
        The ACR is the nation’s oldest and   Together, they deliver cutting-edge medi-
                                                                                   More than 600 banks have opted into direct forgiveness, enabling over 2.17
     most widely accepted radiation oncology   cal technology with compassionate sup-  million borrowers to apply through the portal. This represents 30 percent of
     accrediting body, with over 700 accred-  port to provide a unique, holistic approach   loans $150,000 or less that have not yet submitted for forgiveness.
     ited sites, and 30 years of accreditation   to cancer care. An on-site board-certified
     experience. Patient care and treatment,   medical physicist supervises treatment
     patient safety, personnel qualifications,   safety and accuracy.          which will fight interruptions caused by   Alampi Beneficial Insect Laboratory
     adequacy of facility equipment, quality                                   extreme weather and even cyber attacks.   (PABIL) has received $4.2 million in
     control procedures, and quality assurance                                 The utility serves 400,000 customers   funding from the Board of Public Utilities
     programs are assessed during on-site sur-  SJ Gas Combats Delivery  in southern New Jersey including in       State Facilities Initiative to receive
     veys.                                System Interruptions                 Cumberland County.                  important upgrades to the facility that
        Inspira’s Frank and Edith Scarpa    South Jersey Gas introduced a $69    The new compression pump station is   opened in 1985.
     Regional Cancer Pavilion in Vineland   million addition to its delivery system,   on Franklinville Road in South Harrison   The top priority will be to renovate
     offers comprehensive cancer care and                                      Township, Gloucester County. The facil-  the lab’s HVAC system. Of the 33 tem-
                                                                               ity protects the delivery system if inter-  perature-controlled rooms, as many as 18
                                                                               ruptions occur in interstate lines that   had been unusable. The funds will also
       Strongly Recommended:              wrong direction, and new data suggests   deliver natural gas to the utility or in its   go toward making major repairs to the
       Masks in Indoor Settings           the Delta variant is more transmissible   lines to its customers.        HVAC system and to upgrade the green-
                                          even among vaccinated individuals,
                                                                                 South Jersey Gas paid for the facility
       with Increased Risk                which is why we are making this strong   without using public funds.     house control systems.
                                                                                                                      “This is one of the few state govern-
          Following last week’s announce-  recommendation.                       “If there’s a cyber attack, the company   ment labs of this type in the United States
       ment by the Centers for Disease Control   “Fortunately, our numbers are a frac-  will have the ability to continue to serve   that rears beneficial insects,” Fisher
       regarding masking, Gov. Phil Murphy   tion of those in many other states, most   customers by elevating the pressure in   said. “The lab produces environmentally
       and New Jersey Department of Health   of which have significantly lower vac-  other parts of the system,” said Nick   friendly solutions for control of invasive
       Commissioner Judy Persichilli strongly   cination rates. Should our numbers reach   Dirocco, a company vice president.  pests while saving millions of dollars by
       recommended that both vaccinated and   those levels, we reserve the right to take                           restricting the use of pesticides.”
       unvaccinated residents wear masks in   more drastic action, including a statewide   Phillip Alampi Beneficial   Some of the PABIL programs that
       indoor settings when there is increased   mask mandate.                                                     have helped New Jerseyans and oth-
       risk.                                “We have crushed this virus repeat-  Insect Lab Receives               ers across country include the Mexican
          Examples of such situations include:  edly like no other state in the nation, and   Funding for Upgrades  Bean Beetle program, which has allowed
          • Crowded indoor settings       we are proud to boast among the coun-                                    farmers and gardeners to not apply pesti-
          • Indoor settings involving activities   try’s highest vaccination rates. But at this   New Jersey Department of   cides to control the beetle since 1985; the
       with close contact with others who may   point, given where our metrics are now,   Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher   Mile-A-Minute program, where a weevil
       not be fully vaccinated            we feel the best course of action is to   announced recenty that the Phillip   is released to defoliate the weed that can
          • Indoor settings where the vaccine   strongly encourage every New Jerseyan,                             grow as much as six inches a day, chok-
       status of other individuals in the setting is   and every visitor to our state, to take per-                ing out trees and other vegetation; and
       unknown                            sonal responsibility and mask up indoors                                 the Purple Loosestrife Program, where
          • Where an individual is immunocom-  when prudent.”                                                      small beetles were released to invasive
       promised or at increased risk for severe   “And we equally encourage every                                  wetlands as the weed changes the wet-
       disease                            unvaccinated resident or visitor to get                                  lands environment essential to native
          Murphy and Persichilli made the fol-  vaccinated. The vaccines are proven safe                           wildlife.
       lowing statement:                  and highly effective, and are the surest
          “Our metrics are trending in the   way we can end this pandemic.”                                                         Continued on page 7
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