LIVINGSTON, NJ – On Wednesday evening, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) celebrated the accomplishments of its personnel through its “I Love My Doctor” event.

According to Sally Malech, director of marketing and public relations, more than 175 patients wrote approximately 258 letters for 141 doctors, explaining how these physicians went above and beyond their job description. A combined 100 doctors and patients attended the reception held at the Islami Auditorium, as a few of the letters were read aloud to the public.

Gregory Rokosz, senior vice-president of medical and academic affairs, had only positives to describe his coworkers.

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“I think we have a superb medical staff, very diverse in its clinical expertise, very diverse in its cultural makeup as well,” said Rokosz. “They have a great reputation, and they take incredible pride in the care that’s delivered not only by themselves, but from their colleagues here at the medical center as a whole. I think the reputation of the medical center and its medical staff is as important as anything to them.”

The “I Love My Doctor” campaign originated in 2008, operating for three consecutive years. After taking a five-year break, in honor of SBMC’s 150th anniversary, the facility announced this past November that the program would make its return.

Saint Barnabas is also in the midst of a West Wing Expansion, which is one of many “innovative” events taking place on campus, according to SBMC Interim President and CEO Thomas Biga. He also spoke of his appreciation for what the center is there for—its patients.

“It’s a very exciting time at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, but this would not be possible without the care rendered by our physicians in a manner that’s second-to-none,” said Biga. “Obviously, you’ve [the patients] recognized that, writing letters on behalf of the care that you received. Thank you for supporting Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the great medical center staff that we have.”

All of the letters can be found inside the medical center’s main entrance, adjacent to the information desk.

Photos taken by Nick Saraceno.