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SNL Alum Darrell Hammond Featured at JFS Annual Gala

JFS is delighted to announce Darrell Hammond, Saturday Night Live alum, actor and bestselling author, will be the featured speaker in a conversation moderated by Steve Adubato, Ph.D., at the 10th Annual Jewish Family Service Gala on Wednesday, June 6. The event at the South Orange Performing Arts Center will honor Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, New Jersey’s largest health care delivery system.

Darrell Hammond offers an unbelievably raw and powerfully honest account of his life. The gifted comedian and longest-running cast member on Saturday Night Live is best known for his brilliant impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Chris Matthews and Sean Connery. Off the air, however, he was battling depression, a severe drug and alcohol addiction and other issues stemming from a hellish and abusive childhood. He spent years in and out of psychiatric hospitals, being misdiagnosed, until he finally received the help he needed.  Darrell says, “mental illness is not an airborne virus – it comes from somewhere.” The fact that he even survived is a testament to his tenacity and focus.

Steve Adubato, Ph.D., is a distinguished broadcaster, author and university professor. Through his company Stand & Deliver, Adubato conducts communication and leadership workshops and is himself a sought-after motivational speaker. As anchor of three PBS broadcast, Adubato provides insight into today’s world through interviews with actors, journalists, business leaders and innovators who share their experiences and accomplishments.

Barry H. Ostrowsky assumed the leadership of Barnabas Health in January 2012.  He joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, serving in the same role at Barnabas Health, when the system was created in 1996.  He was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010.  Prior to joining Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Mr. Ostrowsky was a Senior Partner in the law firm of Brach, Eichler.  Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in many organizations. He received an AB from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law.
Guided by the wisdom and values of our tradition of respect for all people, JFS provides innovative, compassionate and outstanding social services to enhance the independence and well-being of individuals and families throughout all stages of life. Traditionally, half of JFS’s programs help older adults and their families cope with the changes of aging through extensive in-home services including subsidized home care, case management services, counseling, caregiver education, volunteer friendly visitors, and specialized programs for Holocaust survivors. For children and families, JFS provides individual, couple, child and family counseling, family play therapy, support groups, adoption services, school and synagogue-based social work services, debt counseling, domestic violence services, family life education and other assistance needed to maintain healthy families. JFS has offices located in Florham Park, Livingston and Jersey City. For more information or to make an appointment, please contact JFS at 973-765-9050 or Visit JFS online at

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, annually caring for more than two million patients and delivering more than 18,000 babies. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network and comprehensive homecare and hospice programs.  Among nationally recognized services are burn treatment; adult and pediatric cardiac surgery; heart, lung, kidney and pancreas transplant; neurology and neurosurgery; reproductive medicine and science; geriatrics; oncology; pediatrics; and women’s services. Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees, (second largest private employer in NJ); 4,600 physicians (one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in NJ); and 445 residents and interns.  For more information, log on to the web site at For physician referral, call 888-724-7123.

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