Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, New Jersey Affiliate Selects Rosario Ligresti, M.D. to Serve as Co-Chair of PurpleStride New Jersey

July 28, 2016

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, New Jersey Affiliate has nominated Rosario Ligresti, M.D., FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology and director, Pancreas Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, to serve as honorary co-chair of PurpleStride New Jersey held on November 13, 2016 at the Mack-Cali Business Campus in Parsippany.

“Congratulations to Roy on this wonderful honor.  His nomination is a testament to his hard work and dedication to Pancreatic Cancer throughout the years,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC.

“The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is dedicated to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer.  I’m proud and honored to be named Honorary Co-Chair of this year’s PurpleStride event,” said Dr. Ligresti.

PurpleStride New Jersey unites the community in raising awareness and support for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Last year’s PurpleStride raised more than $460,000 and united 2,565 participants for a day of inspiration and hope. Run entirely by volunteers, all funds raised go directly to further the mission to advance research, support patients and create hope for the pancreatic cancer community.

“Dr. Ligresti’s commitment and passion for the cause continues to inspire us to great heights, and we are honored to deepen his involvement with our annual signature event this year,” said Ashley Oakes, Corporate and Community Partnerships manager, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

The 2016 PurpleStride Walk on Sunday, November 13, begins at 9 a.m. and includes a 5K run and family friendly walk around the Mack Cali Business campus in Parsippany, New Jersey.  For more information, visit:

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is a member of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit