Stories of Generosity
Monmouth County Freeholder and chair of Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, Serena DiMaso, Esq., and her husband, Dr. Gerald DiMaso (center) made a major gift commitment to directly support the enhancement of emergency services at Bayshore, as well as the BuildingHOPE Benefit fundraising event for oncology research across Meridian Cancer Care. Serena chaired the BuildingHOPE Benefit, which supported the enrollment of additional oncology patients in clinical trials. The DiMasos have been extraordinarily supportive over the years, beyond their major gift commitments, and Bayshore Foundation is extremely grateful for their partnership and ongoing dedication.
Photo caption: Serena DiMaso, Esq. and Dr. Gerald DiMaso surrounded by members of the Bayshore Emergency Department team
Husband and wife Constance and James J. Elek are well-known and beloved in the business and philanthropic communities that Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center serves, with Jim owning J.J. Elek Realty in Woodbridge. Jim and Connie have both been deeply involved with Raritan Bay Medical Center for decades, and together, they have given the hospital over $250,000. Jim serves as a board trustee, and Connie sits on the board of directors and teaches Reiki for the Integrative Health Program. She is also a Master Gardener and volunteers her expert knowledge with the Learning Garden. One particular area in which the Eleks’ generosity has left a lasting impact is in the Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU). A few years ago, their gifts enabled the hospital to add an additional ambulance to the fleet, as well as upgrade the existing ambulances with specialized equipment. These improvements helped reduce overall ambulance transport time – which is critical for cardiac and stroke patients, when every second counts. Thanks to the Eleks’ support, our MICU team now outperforms national benchmarks and holds an outstanding reputation amongst our peers.
– James and Connie Elek
Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation
In 2016 the Guild of Ocean Medical Center continued their amazing fundraising efforts and was able to purchase a state-of-the art orthopedic fracture table for Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center. With The Hana® table now installed, Ocean’s orthopedic surgeons can perform minimally invasive anterior hip replacements with one single and small incision, causing less pain and tissue trauma than conventional means. “The new piece of equipment makes a huge difference in the way we are able to perform surgery, helping many of our hip replacement patients return to their active and healthy lifestyles much faster,” explains Joseph Bogdan, M.D. orthopedic surgeon at Ocean Medical Center. “We are extremely fortunate to have the Guild’s support. The dedicated group is an inspiration to us all, and we are extremely grateful.”
– Joseph Bogdan, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Ocean Medical Center, and Foundation Board trustee
Pictured from left: Susan Scherler, outgoing president of the Guild, Sharon Dymnioksi, incoming president of the Guild, Ellen Angelo, RN, MSN, CCRN, vice president and chief nurse executive, Arthur Mark, M.D., and Joseph Bogdan, M.D.
Thanks to a very generous gift by Phil and Marilyn Perricone, made in memory of their son, Christopher, the creation of the Christopher Center for Mental Health & Wellness within the HOPE Tower at Jersey Shore University Medical Center will provide necessary space for outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse visits and evaluations, as well as medication management, resulting in enhanced access to primary care services in the same location. The Perricones made an additional gift to fund a substance abuse disorder lecture series to include a symposium on “Tackling the Opioid Epidemic”. A special ceremony recently took place where hospital, network and Behavioral Health leadership joined Marilyn, Phil, and friends while the Foundation unveiled a unique surfboard plaque in honor of Christopher and his family’s very impactful gift.
– Phil and Marilyn Perricone
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation
In 2016, Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital unveiled a beautiful, renovated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), as well as an expanded maternity unit. Nine new private patient rooms and two twin rooms were added to the NICU, and nine new rooms were added to the maternity unit. This new space was made possible through a generous donation from the physicians of the Division of Neonatology.”
– Physicians of the Division of Neonatology
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital
Pictured from left: Drs. Julie Topsis, Ilana Torine, Elizabeth Assing, Carmelita Mabanta and Michael Graff.
Inspired by her family’s care, Carol Stillwell pledged to donate $3 million to Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center. The generous donation specifically supported the Larkin Stillwell-Hansen Infusion Center at Riverview’s new Cancer Care Center. Carol, a trustee at Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center and long-time friend of Hackensack Meridian Health, is a true inspiration in this community, exemplified by her ongoing commitment to helping others. This gift makes a huge impact on the way cancer care is delivered at Riverview and across Hackensack Meridian Health.”
– Carol Stillwell
Riverview Medical Center Foundation
Edward Walters Jr., founder and partner of Walters Homes in Ocean County, NJ, contributed a tremendous leadership gift to help support the completion of the new Cancer Care Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center. Walters, along with his brother Greg, started building homes on Long Beach Island in 1984 and has been a dedicated member of the community since. Walters’ gift to the new Cancer Care Center will help make it possible for Southern Ocean’s physicians and caregivers to provide comprehensive oncology care in a beautiful setting with state-of-the-art technologies, enabling us to better meet the clinical and emotional needs of patients.
– Ed Walters
Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation
Photo caption: Paul Chung, M.D. and Ed Walters
The Women’s Heart Fund’s mission is to educate people about the importance of women’s health and to raise funds for women’s programs, services and technology at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County facilities. In addition to their recent support of Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health and Medicine and the Women’s Wellness Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center, this dedicated group funded a new community health van that is used to transport health screening equipment to various high-risk groups in our communities when they need it the most. This group continually makes a positive impact for the important women in our life.
– Women’s Heart Fund
Meridian Health Foundation