Hackensack University Medical Center Team Members Participate in 2017 Holiday Giving Project

December 11, 2017

Thanks to the generosity and goodwill of our extraordinary team members, Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center once again is bringing joy to many deserving people through the ninth annual Holiday Giving Project. More than 60 families of pediatric oncology, hematology and general pediatric patients at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital were adopted this holiday season by various Hackensack University Medical Center departments.

“This year, 60 departments participated in the Holiday Giving program, ensuring that so many of our patients and their families will have a brighter holiday,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center. “I am so proud of our team members for their generosity and am equally impressed by their creativity in decorating the carts so beautifully for the families to enjoy.”

Photo from left to right: Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, Hackensack University Medical Center; Lynn L. Hoffman, executive director, Tomorrows Children’s Fund; Susan Garbe, administrative director, Tomorrows Children’s Fund; Rosann Bialek, office manager, Tomorrows Children’s Fund; Ellen Goldring, section chief, Child Life, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center; Lee Russeth, senior child life specialist, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center; Stephen Percy, M.D., interim chair, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center.

The holiday carts, filled with gifts each family member requested in their “wish list,” include toys, clothing and gift cards.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.