SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Center for Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, an independent non-profit organization that provides services throughout the community and at facilities in Scotch Plains and Elizabeth.

“The Center is honored to welcome James Hughes onto our Board of Trustees,” said Center President Frank Brady, MPA, RN. “Both Jim and Unity Bank are well-known and long-time supporters of the Center for Hope and have displayed a deep commitment to hospice as a necessary component to our healthcare system. We look forward to working with Jim and wish him well in his new role at the Center.”

Hughes began his career at Unity Bank in December 2000 as Executive Vice President and CFO and in 2003 was appointed to his current position. He was a Senior Vice President of Finance at Summit Bancorp, Princeton, having worked his way up through various positions beginning in August 1989. Hughes graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College in May 1980 with a B.S. in Accounting/Finance; and completed his M.B.A. in Finance from Seton Hall in May 1983. He became a Certified Public Accountant in November 1983 and has been an active member of the Financial Executives Institute. In addition, he was a part-time accounting professor at the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers from September 1988 to May 1990. Mr. Hughes has served as an active member of the Community Bankers Association of New Jersey in various officer positions. 

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“I grew-up in Scotch Plains and the Center has become an important part of the community,” said Hughes. “I look forward to working with the Center and helping advance its important mission. The Center has been a Unity customer for some time and we like to be able to give back to community service organizations that have been a part of the Unity family.”

The Center for Hope’s interdisciplinary team provides patients and residents a specialized health care program to maintain and improve quality of life when it matters most, including hospice, palliative, grief and bereavement, residential assisted living, and nursing home programs. For information on the Center, please visit