SOMERVILLE, NJ – Steve and Suzanne Kalafer, Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands and the Somerset Patriots have donated $1 million to Somerset Health Care Foundation to support the renovation of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s 1-East Geriatric Unit.
Renovations included installing new floors and bathroom fixtures, brightening the walls with new paint and updating the nurses’ station to create a more modern, comfortable environment for patients and their families. Nurses on the unit are specially trained in the care of older adults, earning national recognition as a NICHE Facility (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) from New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The unit will open for patients on Jan. 27th.
“We are so grateful to Steve and Suzanne Kalafer, Flemington Car and Truck Country and the Somerset Patriots for sharing our commitment to providing personalized care for older adults in our community and for supporting this renovation project,” said Tony Cava, president and chief executive officer, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. “The Kalafer family’s dedication to improving health care in New Jersey has been simply extraordinary and we are extremely grateful for their long-standing support of our hospital.”
Steve Kalafer is former chairman of the Somerset Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also served on the hospital’s Board of Trustees and serves on the RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees.
He has led fundraising campaigns in support of the building of the hospital’s emergency department, the Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion, the Mary and John Obzansky Pavilion for orthopedic patients, the Frimmer Healing Gardens and the Edward and Anita Hogan Neuroscience Pavilion. Since 2009, the Flemington Car and Truck Country Family of Brands have sponsored free parking in the hospital’s parking garage for patients and their families.
Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Tom Biga, president, Hospital Division, RWJBarnabas Health; Jack Morris, chairman, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Board of Trustees and RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees; Glenn Miller, executive vice president and chief development officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Amy Mansue, executive vice president and chief experience officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Suzanne Kalafer; Paul Hubert, chair, Somerset Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees; Steve Kalafer, chairman of the Somerset Patriots, owner of the Flemington Car & Truck Country Family of Brands and former chair of Somerset Health Care Foundation; Tony Cava, president and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset; Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health; Jo-Ann Mendles, chair, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset Advisory Board; and Josh Kalafer, co-chairman of the Somerset Patriots and co-owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country.