The Boy Scouts of America will recognize Louis Brusco Jr., MD, FCCM, Chief Medical Officer, Morristown Medical Center, with the 2018 Health and Medical Award for his service as an exemplary role model for the youth of the Morris County area.

Dr. Brusco was chosen for his outstanding services as evidenced by the interest and leadership they have demonstrated within the community and living the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law in his daily life.

Dr. Brusco was a Boy Scout when he was younger, reaching the level of Second Class scout and being trained in Troop Leadership Development along the way—an experience he credits with his professional success. Upon accepting the role at Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Brusco started volunteering with the Boy Scouts and became involved with their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Program, encouraging and mentoring youth to pursue professional paths in those areas, and sharing his experiences working in healthcare. His time with the Scouts yielded an enthusiastic response.

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“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be recognized with the 2018 Health and Medical Award from the Boy Scouts for doing the work I love and sharing my passion for helping others and improving the health of my community with tomorrow’s leaders,” said Brusco. “I hope to inspire them the way I was inspired and made more confident during my time as a Boy Scout.”

He will be recognized at the Boy Scouts of America 2018 Health and Medical Awards Dinner on Wednesday, September 26 at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park.

Funds raised at the ceremony will support the underserved inner city, at risk youths, living in multicultural markets of Northern and Central New Jersey. In addition, the event also supports our growing STEM, “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics” program. This initiative will offer over 80 STEM related merit badges ranging from robotics, inventing, architecture, and many more.

The Boy Scouts will also recognize Arnold Pallay, MD, FAAFP, Managing Partner at Vanguard Medical Group, and Thomas G. Scott, Regional Chief Financial Officer-New Jersey at Prime Health Services, Inc. at the event.

For donations, tickets, or to purchase a congratulatory ad in the dinner program, please contact Scott Macaluso, Administrative Assistant, 973-765-9322 ext. 231 scott.macaluso@scouting.org or visit www.ppcbsa.org/special-events.

As Chief Medical Officer of Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Brusco oversees quality improvement and ensures positive patient outcomes for the medical center’s staff of over 1,700 physicians and 200 medical residents. Under his guidance, Morristown Medical Center instituted a number of quality initiatives including a daily, multidisciplinary huddle and mortality review. As a result, the hospital has been nationally recognized with a number of achievements for quality including an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, 5 Stars from CMS, and named a top 50 hospital in the country by Healthgrades. The hospital is designated as an American College of Surgeons Level I Trauma Center and is in the process of applying for its fifth consecutive Magnet Award Designation in Nursing.

Prior to his leadership role at Morristown Medical Center, he served as CMO at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he supervised the St. Luke’s site during Hurricane Sandy, helping to evacuate NYU-Langone Medical Center and Bellevue hospital of over 150 patients in a 24-hour period. Dr. Brusco served St. Luke’s-Roosevelt in roles of increasing responsibility over his 22-year tenure including Acting CMO, Associate Medical Director, Vice-Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, President of the Medical Board, Director of Critical Care Anesthesiology and Co-Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit.