Meridian Health Foundation’s 22nd Annual Gala Raises $1.7 Million

Giving Heals Gala Honored Gordon Litwin, Chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees

NEW JERSEY:  Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation is pleased to announce its 22nd Annual Gala, the Giving Heals Gala, raised nearly $1.7 million for the organization. Taking place at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa Conference Center in Atlantic City on Saturday, November 23, 700 guests joined together to honor Gordon Litwin, chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees, for his longtime dedication to improving health care for New Jersey residents. The signature fundraising event benefited Hackensack Meridian Health’s central and southern region not-for-profit medical centers and community health programs.

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“It’s been a pleasure working with Gordon over the last few years,” says Robert Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “As the chair of our board, he has made such a huge impact on Hackensack Meridian Health, but more importantly, on the health of our community. I can think of nobody more deserving than Gordon to be recognized for his outstanding work and vision in helping to shape health care for New Jersey residents.”

Funds raised at the Giving Heals gala contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign. Giving Heals supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

“Gordon has been a wonderful partner to Meridian Health Foundation, and we are grateful for all the support he has offered throughout the years,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “I would also like to thank everyone who has supported our Giving Heals campaign, whether by attending the gala, making a major gift, remembering us in your will, or simply by giving what you can, when you can. Your support has a tangible impact in helping our organization to provide the best health care possible.”

Litwin’s involvement with the organization began years ago when he served as chairman of then stand-alone hospital, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. When Riverview Medical Center, now Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, joined Meridian Health, Litwin served as the first chairman. He then served three subsequent terms as chairman, including and leading into the Hackensack Meridian Health merger in 2016. 

“Health care is probably the most personal and important activity you can be involved in, and I cannot think of a more significant endeavor than working to improve our health, improve our lives and improve our longevity,” says Litwin. “I haven’t done what I do for the recognition, I do it for our community, but I was honored to accept this award and am grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.” 

Guests of the gala enjoyed live music, including special performances, dancing, a variety of foods and a program that recognized Gordon for his contributions to Hackensack Meridian Health. The Giving Heals Gala was generously supported by Platinum Sponsors: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and TeamHealth; Gold Sponsors: Envision Physician Services and Vee Technologies; and Silver Sponsors: Coastal Imaging, Compass One Healthcare (Crothall Healthcare and Morrison Healthcare), OceanFirst, TD Bank, University Radiology and Konica Minolta. 

To learn more about the Giving Heals campaign, please visit www.hackensackmeridian.org/givingheals or call 732-751-5100.

ABOUT THE MERIDIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION GIVING HEALS CAMPAIGN
Giving Heals is a $150 million regional comprehensive campaign to raise funds for strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. Publicly announced at the Meridian Health Foundation Gala on November 17, 2018, the campaign will run through 2020. Over $90 million dollars has been raised to date to support following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. 

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick. 

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Health care’s “150 Top Places to Work in Health care/2018” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. 

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. 

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

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