Holmdel, NJ – February 24, 2020 – The Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees has launched a fundraising campaign to secure donations in support of the future Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, named by Mary Ellen Harris and the Golden Dome Foundation, which officially broke ground in October 2019.

“Having a strong board of trustees who are all rallied around such a significant project will have a great impact on our campaign to raise funds to build the Emergency Care Center,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer of Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation, to which the Bayshore Medical Center Foundation belongs. “This new facility will transform emergency services for the community, and I know that our board of strong champions will catapult this project into the spotlight. We are grateful for their commitment and enthusiasm.”

Since 2015, nearly $13.5 million has been secured in support of technologies and special projects, including the new Emergency Care Center, which will provide space necessary for the medical staff to address the emergent care needs of the community in a comfortable and private environment. It will contain 35 private patient bays, swing space with capacity for pediatric care and new imaging equipment dedicated to Emergency Care Center patients.

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“We are fortunate to have a very robust board as we work to raise funds for this historic project,” says Serena DiMaso, Esq., chair of the Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. “Several members have been involved for a long time and we are thankful for their expertise and dedication to Bayshore Medical Center throughout the years. Their expertise and knowledge of the medical center and community has been, and will continue to be, invaluable to our fundraising efforts. We are also privileged to have gained newer members over the last couple of years who are uniquely qualified to help drive this initiative. Combined, this is a board well poised to make a big difference.”

The full Bayshore Medical Center Foundation board consists of the following individuals:

  • Serena DiMaso, Esq., chair
  • Evaristo Stanziale, vice chair
  • Carol Stillwell, secretary
  • *Vincent Hager, treasurer
  • *Gaurav Baveja                
  • Gregory A. Buontempo   
  • *Glen J. Dalakian, Sr.
  • *John DeLiso
  • Angelo DeRosa
  • Mollie Giamanco
  • *Richard Kolber                
  • *Rajiv Prasad, M.D.                                                                    
  • Adrian M. Pristas, M.D.
  • *Asaad H. Samra, M.D., FACS
  • *Jason Savarese
  • *Christopher M. Striano

“It’s a pleasure to work alongside this board of trustees, made up of individuals deeply rooted in our community and who utilize the hospital with their own families,” says Frank Citara, chief hospital executive, Bayshore Medical Center. “Together, we can help Bayshore Medical Center reach new heights in the level of emergency care we can offer our community and I am thankful for their service as we work to raise funds that will enhance the new Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center.”

All funds raised for this construction project will remain dedicated to Bayshore Medical Center as this board works alongside Meridian Health Foundation in its mission to raise $150 million for eight Hackensack Meridian Healthhospitals within Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties, including: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Called Giving Heals, the campaign supports four important initiatives: improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience, broadening clinical research and academic programs and strengthening oncology services. Nearly $110 million has been raised by individual donors, corporations and public grants to date, with significant gifts supporting Bayshore Medical Center’s planned Emergency Care Center.

If you are interested in working with the Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees to raise funds for the campaign, or to learn about how you can make a gift to Bayshore Medical Center or to the Giving Heals campaign, please call Marisa Medina, director of development, Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, at 732-751-5125 or visitwww.Hackensackmeridianhealth.org/givingheals.

*These members of the Bayshore Medical Center Board of Trustees have joined during the Giving Heals campaign (2015 – present).


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. Nearly $110 million has been raised to date to support the 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.


Bayshore Medical Center is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Its Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information, visitwww.bayshoremedicalcenter.org.


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 35,000 team members, and 7,000 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 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 Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 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.