LIVINGSTON, NJ - In honor of its 150th anniversary, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) hosted more than 500 guests at its celebratory gala at the Livingston Oval Saturday evening.
The fundraiser drew the general support of the hospital community, its doctors, donors, lawyers, friends and guests of Saint Barnabas. The funds raised at the event will support any emerging priorities, programs, patient care and hospital expansion.
“It’s exciting that Saint Barnabas Medical Center is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year,” said new President and Chief Executive Officer of SBMC, Stephen P. Zieniewicz. “Saint Barnabas provides compassionate care, healthcare excellence and superior service to its patients and their families. That’s our mission.”
Terri and Michael Goldberg were the event chairs and also patrons of the gala.
“It’s a great hospital, it’s our local hospital and it’s great to support the community,” said Michael Goldberg.
Terri Goldberg added, “We are excited about the addition and the new technology and want to be able to compete with other institutions.” The Goldbergs have been living in Livingston for over 20 years.
Guests paid $1,000 per ticket to take part in the event. The gala took place in a large whit tent at Livingston Oval. Jersey City Street Décor recreated an elegant New York City-style cocktail party setting. White couches were scattered in the corners, high-top tables were decorated with lights and a full bar was decorated with different types of glasses. Lawrence Craig Catering created a sophisticated presentation of food for the cocktail party. Two violinists played while standing on pillars on both sides of the bar.
The entertainment included the two violinists and roving entertainment as well as the Roots Band from the Tonight Show with Jimmy Kimmel. The evening also included a video presentation sharing three SBMC patients’ separate stories and personal experiences with SBMC.
“Saint Barnabas is my home,” said Dr. Shankant Mulgaonkar, Chief Renal and Pancreas Transport Division. “I’ve seen it grow from a small community hospital into a powerful medical center that brought new technology along with it. I’m so glad to be part of it. I am proud to be at Saint Barnabas for 38 years, it’s one of the best hospitals in New Jersey. I am glad to support its growth.”
Saint Barnabas Medical Center originated in Newark and was based there for the first 100 years, then moved to Livingston 50 years ago. Some patrons at the event included Philanthropists Terri and Michael Goldberg and Sodexo Healthcare. Benefactor-level patrons included Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, KPMG, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Omnia Health Alliance, Blanchard, Epstein Becker Green, Care One, NJ Anesthesia Associates and Saint Barnabus Medical Staff. Patron donors included Affiliates in Gastroenterology, Brach Eichler, Emergency Medical Associates, Francis Cauffman, Gibbons, Diane and Robert Goldberg, Drs. Ujwala and Shamkant Mulgaonkar, Towers Watson, Barnabus Health Medical Groups; NJ Cardiology Associates, NJ Perinatal Associates (NJPA), NJ Sharing Network, VRMNJ, Nina & Ted Wells and William H. Connolly & Co., LLC. Saturday was the ultimate celebration of the community’s doctors, donors and friends of Saint Barnabas Medical Center.