ELIZABETH, NJ — The Healthcare Foundation of NJ honored Dr. John D'Angelo, DO, and chairman of emergency medicine at Trinitas Regional Medical Center at the annual Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Awards event at the Crystal Plaza in Livingston on July 16.
Dr. D'Angelo, a Westfield resident, was given the Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare in recognition of the extraordinary vision, leadership and compassion that he brings to his interactions with patients in the high-stress, often life-changing, environment of the emergency department. More than 225 hospital and agency CEOs, nursing and dental school deans, care providers and other guests gathered at the celebration.
"Dr. John D'Angelo believes that life's journey should be about reaching beyond yourself in the work that you do," Jay Blumenfeld, vice chair of the Healthcare Foundation and co-chair of the event, said during his introduction. "He sees both his life and his career as a balance of caring and competition, and we believe that his particular blend of those two seemingly conflicting impulses make him the extraordinary emergency medicine specialist that he is today."
D'Angelo, who attended Muhlenberg College and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, spoke of his school years spent washing dishes and tending bar in the family restaurant and likened that setting to his current one.
"You work in a high energy, high stakes environment, meet people who are down and out and struggling, have rapid encounters and immediately see the results of your work," he explained.
Upon presenting the award, Blumenfeld recalled meeting Dr. D'Angelo for the first time when the new and improved Emergency Department, now the Gary S. Horan Emergency Department, was a concept as opposed to a reality.
"We first met Dr. D'Angelo at a site visit at the Trinitas ED, which he directs, and it was clear to us almost immediately that his primary concern in the proposed reorganization and expansion of the service was not financial or aesthetic. It was the ways in which the project would affect the comfort and safety and therefore the healing of his patients.”