MORRISTOWN, NJ - Four Atlantic Health System team members were honored for their extraordinary volunteer efforts on Sunday at the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for volunteer and public service.
MaryAnn LoFrumento, MD, a hospitalist specializing in newborns at Morristown Medical Center, was named winner of the Ambassador category for her work with “Hands Up for Haiti,” a medical humanitarian organization committed to making a positive impact on the health of the people of northern Haiti. The Ambassador category recognizes individuals whose exemplary volunteer service beyond the borders of New Jersey have made the world a better place for some while reflecting favorably on the people of the Garden State.
“Atlantic Health System is dedicated to building healthier communities. For many of our medical staff and team members, this commitment extends beyond the walls of our hospitals to exceptional volunteerism across the United States and abroad,” said Brian Gragnolati, president and chief executive officer, Atlantic Health System. “We are incredibly proud of Dr. LoFrumento and all Atlantic Health System family members who devote their personal time to helping others and live a life of extraordinary caring.”
In addition to Dr. LoFrumento, the following Atlantic Health System honorees were recognized:
- Clifford Sales, MD, chief of vascular surgery at Overlook Medical Center, was selected as an honoree for Education for creating the Overlook Summer Internship Program. Each year, 17 pre-med college students spend the month of June in an in-depth program designed to expose undergraduates to the field of healthcare, through real-time observation of Overlook clinicians in diverse specialties. Among others, the Education category recognizes volunteers who provide classroom and after-school programs, enrichment opportunities or other academic support that enhance students’ ability to succeed.
- Gwen Rippey, Community Health manager for Morristown Medical Center, was selected as an honoree for the Good Neighbor category, recognizing individuals who consistently perform acts of kindness towards neighbors in need and have made a significant difference in the lives of others. Gwen works tirelessly to ensure access to health resources and has been instrumental in developing a safe discharge program for the homeless.
- Ray Burkhardt, a volunteer at Morristown Medical Center, was selected as an honoree for the Lifetime Service category, recognizing individuals whose lifelong commitment to volunteerism has made a measurable impact on the community. Ray has volunteered over 20,000 hours since he began in 1992.
In addition to the honorees, Atlantic Health System served as the Corporate Sponsor for the Emergency Services Award, which recognizes volunteer EMTs, police, firefighters and other emergency service volunteers who ensure public safety and well-being by responding in emergency situations, engaging in community awareness and education, and providing for safer communities. Atlantic Health System’s own Nikki Sumpter, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, presented the award.
About the Jefferson Awards
The Jefferson Awards are the nation’s oldest and most prestigious recognition program for volunteer/public service, and are the official recognition program of the United States Senate. The NJ Governor’s Council on Volunteerism partners with the Jefferson Awards to recognize the state’s extraordinary volunteers through the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards.