WEST ORANGE, NJ — RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) was recently honored at The New Jersey Hospital Association’s (NJHA) 101st Annual Meetingm where Marc Berson, chair of the RWJBH Corporate Board of Trustees, was presented the NJHA Trustee of the Year award, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) New Brunswick and Saint Peter’s University Hospital were presented with the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET) Community Outreach Award.

The NJHA event included the presentation of the Healthcare Leader awards, which recognize the distinguished service of healthcare executives, trustees and clinicians, along with the Excellence in Quality Improvement Awards and Community Outreach Awards for commitment to the state’s healthcare system and the patients and communities they serve.

Berson’s affiliation with the hospital system is longstanding, as he has been chairman of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey, both RWJBH facilities, for more than 15 years and was chair of Barnabas Health from 2014 to 2016, when RWJBH was formed.

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Based in Millburn, Berson is an established entrepreneur, lawyer and philanthropist with a focus in real estate development and operating manufacturing and service businesses. He serves as chair of the Fidelco Group and of the Fidelco Realty Group; and is also an owner-developer of residential, commercial, retail and industrial properties in the New Jersey, New York, Florida and Ohio markets, which he founded in 1981.

According to RWJBH, Berson has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the organization and has continued revitalization of the City of Newark. Born at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Berson’s professional career and commitment to philanthropic impact in Newark have grown together.

Additionally, Berson has utilized his unique position as a business leader to create partnerships between healthcare, industry and the community, including founding Opportunity Project, Inc., a not-for-profit organization aiding in the rehabilitation and empowerment of people with brain injuries.

In the category of social determinants of health, RWJUH New Brunswick and Saint Peter’s University Hospital were recognized with the HRET Community Outreach Award for their combined efforts to improve living conditions in New Brunswick through the Healthy Homes Project.

The Healthy Homes Project uses a cross-sector approach to ensure that all New Brunswick residents live in safe homes that facilitate healthy living. Through the Healthy Homes project, four local Community Health Ambassadors, including RWJUH New Brunswick and Saint Peter’s University Hospital, have visited 130 unique homes, encompassing 785 individuals, providing educational materials, workshops, home assessments and connecting residents to services to promote healthy living conditions.