OLD BRIDGE, NJ –  – To safeguard supporters, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation has moved its annual reception to a virtual fundraising event. In lieu of the planned reception, the foundation will host a program that donors can stream live to continue to raise funds for the expansion of the Emergency Department at Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge.


The virtual event, which will take place on May 1 at 3 p.m., will include 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.


To participate, individuals can register at www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/RBMCReception. They will be sent a link to the program in the week leading up to the event. There is no cost to participate, however donations in support of the Emergency Department project can be made on the registration website.

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“Now, more than ever, access to advanced emergency services and technology are critical,” said Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian - Meridian Health Foundation. “Our fundraising efforts will not only have an impact on the future of emergency services at Old Bridge, but will also help reinforce that we are all in this together and that we are looking forward to a brighter future. Events such as this, will help Hackensack Meridian Health be prepared should another health emergency, such as that of COVID-19, strike our communities again.”


The Raritan Bay Medical Center Reception is 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 Diamond sponsor: Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center medical staff; sapphire sponsors: Compass One Healthcare, Investors Bank, Sound Physicians and University Radiology Group, PC; and entertainment underwriters, The Brunetti Foundation and Endoscopy Suite Partners.


Please visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/RBMCReception or call Linda Hill, PharmD, at 732-324-5374 or email linda.hill@hackensackmeridian.org to support the Emergency Department expansion. All gifts to support the virtual fundraiser 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.


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. 


For more information, visit www.rbmc.org.