The signature virtual event raised funds for the Emergency Department Expansion at Old Bridge
Old Bridge, NJ – May 6, 2020 – On May 1, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation hosted its first ever virtual fundraising event. The online fundraiser was held in lieu of a planned reception to raise funds for the expansion of the Emergency Department at Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.

The virtual event included videos from Hackensack Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center leadership; a construction update on the new Emergency Department; inspirational videos; and a tribute to our health care heroes working to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines. The program is now available for the public to view at:

Donations to the Emergency Department project can still be made at All gifts will now be 100 percent tax-deductible and without event expenses, will be directed in full to support the expansion of emergency services in Old Bridge. 

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“We are truly grateful for the community’s support as we transitioned to our first ever virtual event,” said Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian - Meridian Health Foundation. “We are proud to have hosted a program that provided connection for our donors and that offered a tribute to our health care heroes.”

The Raritan Bay Medical Center Reception was chaired by Stacey Citron, Stacey Hernandez and Jessica Smith, who also serves as a Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation trustee. The committee wishes to express gratitude to this year’s sponsors: sapphire sponsors: Compass One Healthcare, Investors Bank

Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Medical Staff, Sound Physicians and University Radiology Group, PC; entertainment underwriters, The Brunetti Foundation and Endoscopy Suite Partners.

To learn more about how you can support Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, please visit Linda Hill, PharmD, at 732-324-5374 or email

About Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center

For more than 100 years, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge have provided a full continuum of health care services to residents of Central Jersey. Raritan Bay Medical Center is one of less than one percent of hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition, the “Gold Standard” for nursing practice, quality, and safety in patient care, four times. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Raritan Bay Medical Center as high performing in Orthopedics, Nephrology, COPD and Heart Failure.  

The medical center is a New Jersey state designated Primary Stroke Center and recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing optimal treatment of stroke patients. Raritan Bay is also a recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the AHA’s Heart Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award recognizing high-quality care of patients experiencing a severe heart attack.

The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, provides the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as other metabolic and endocrine disorders. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive orthopedic program, and Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Center for Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy, both specializing in weight loss surgery. As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive health networks, patients have access to advanced specialized services with a seamless continuum of care, close to home.  

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