The Care to Give Council Displays Ongoing Commitment to Making a Difference at Riverview Medical Center

January 31, 2017

The Care to Give Council, an auxiliary comprised of women volunteers whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for the technologies and services at Riverview Medical Center, pledged to donate $100,000 to Riverview Medical Center Foundation’s comprehensive campaign, Giving Heals, in support of the hospital’s new cancer care center. This significant pledge comes immediately after the group completed their major gift contribution to Riverview Foundation’s Life. Changing. Campaign for Surgical Excellence, exemplifying the auxiliary’s dedication to enhancing the health care services provided to the local community.

“We are truly honored to be able to contribute to Riverview Medical Center in such a way,” explains Kelli O’Brien, president of the Care to Give Council and Chief Operating Officer of Riverview Medical Center. “We have an extremely passionate group of women from within our community who are driven by the positive ways in which they can make a difference. To complete one impactful pledge for an important campaign and consecutively commit to fulfill another gives us all such great joy and pride in the major construction projects we help to complete.”

Riverview Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its new cancer care center on November 2. Construction for the 29,000 square foot expansion project began in July 2015 and includes a combination of advanced technological capabilities, a multidisciplinary cancer program, physician offices, and enhanced infusion services in a tranquil and uplifting environment, all designed with the patients’ needs in mind. Included in the project are two TrueBeam™ linear accelerators, the most advanced technology available in the state of New Jersey, 20 infusion bays, physician practices, private inpatient rooms, and a multidisciplinary approach to care.

“We continue to be inspired by the work of the Care to Give Council each and every day,” says Timothy Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. “With each significant milestone reached at Riverview and Bayshore, Care to Give and the auxiliary before it, has worked tirelessly to garner support from the community and ensure that the care we provide is the best that it can be.”

Since its founding in 1929, Care to Give has raised awareness about important health issues, lifted patient’s spirits and raised more than $1 million. Through donations, profits from its gift shops and signature events such as Party for Pink and Reason to Party, the council’s loyal philanthropy has benefited The Jane H. Booker Women’s Center; Life. Changing. Campaign for Surgical Excellence; the Paint the Town Pink Fund; as well as oncology services at both Riverview and Bayshore.

Giving Heals is Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations first ever comprehensive campaign with funding priorities at each of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County hospitals in the areas of oncology, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience, and broadening clinical research and academic programs.

For more information about Care to Give, or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please call 732.450.2842, email, or visit To learn more about how you can support Riverview Medical Center Foundation and the Giving Heals campaign, contact Jennifer Smith, senior executive director of Riverview Medical Center Foundation at or 732.751.5115 or visit

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of Care to Give (CTG) recently gathered in the Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, as they pledged to donate $100,000 to the Giving Heals Campaign. Pictured from left: Jessica Mayr, Carley Dietrick, Kelli O’Brien, president of CTG, Kelly Chaknis, and Lisa Ranucci.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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