MORRISTOWN, NJ - Executives from Villa Restaurant Group present a check for $40,000 to Sam’s Fund, created to help the then-Morristown Memorial Hospital build a high quality NICU to serve the families of northern New Jersey. The family of Samantha Marie Salzberg, just over one-month-old when she passed away in 1987, pledged $1.5 million to name "Sam’s NICU" -- which opened in 2009 -- in memory of Samantha.
Today, Atlantic Health Systems' Morristown Medical Center is a designated Level III Regional Perinatal Center and Sam's is the only NICU in New Jersey that offers 34 private and semi-private rooms. "Sam’s NICU" provides care for the highest risk babies in the metropolitan area and is the small NICU model for the nation.
Each year, more than 4,000 babies are born at Morristown Medical Center, and 450-500 infants are admitted to "Sam’s NICU," with approximately 50-75 of those infants transferred in from regional hospitals.
The donated funds were raised during Villa Restaurant Group’s annual charity golf outing, dinner and raffle. Villa Restaurant Group, founded in 1964, is a global multi-brand restaurant operator and franchisor with nearly 400 restaurants in malls, airports, casinos and other high-traffic locations. Under its 40North Restaurant Group, Villa operates full-service restaurants in New Jersey including The Office Tavern Grill and Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro in Summit.
Celebrating Sam's Fund and its great works are Anthony Scotto, CEO, Villa Restaurant Group, Steve Salzberg, Co-Founder, Sam's Fund, Lori Orrico, Event Organizer, Andrew Steinberg, COO, Villa Restaurant Group, Doris Salzberg, Co-Founder, Sam's Fund, and Ben Scotto, President, Villa Restaurant Group.