Personal experiences drive chairman of N.J. medical center board

Lawrence “Larry” Inserra Jr. has been around hospitals a long time, much of it for the same reasons nobody really wants to be around them.

First, he spent two years trying to help his brother in his battle with leukemia.

“Two years fighting battles, we ended up all over, from one side of the country to the other, and Canada,” Inserra says. “Four or five different hospitals and we saw a gamut of care.”

After his brother died at age 28, Inserra might have seen enough, but it wasn’t over.

About 25 years ago, Inserra’s 5-year-old son, also named Lawrence, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

This time, the care would come not far from where Inserra’s family lived in northern New Jersey. On a recommendation, Inserra’s then-wife took their son to what is now Hackensack University Medical Center.

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