$500,000 Gift from New Jersey Filmmaker, Actor and Comedian Danny DeVito to Advance Care at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
July 11, 2023
New Jersey native, filmmaker, actor and comedian Danny DeVito generously donated $500,000 to advance health care at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The gift, which will support the hospital through Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation, will provide a core source of funding for the medical center’s most urgent needs for patients today and in the future.
“We are so grateful to Danny DeVito for his confidence and support in the high-quality innovative care we provide at Jersey Shore University Medical Center,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Danny truly understands the powerful impact that philanthropy has on health care, and for him to give back to the community where he grew up - and to the hospital he was born at - means so much. With his support, we can continue our mission to transform health care and be a leader of positive change in New Jersey.”
DeVito was born at the former Raleigh Fitkin-Paul Morgan Memorial Hospital, now Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and grew up in Asbury Park. He is widely known for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi, which won him a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. He plays Frank Reynolds in the FX and FXX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. DeVito is also the star of Jersey Mike’s Subs commercials.
“We take such pride in the care we provide to our patients and surrounding communities,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, president and chief hospital executive at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “Gifts made to Jersey Shore University Medical Center are instrumental in allowing us to continue providing the high-quality care that our patients have come to expect. On behalf of our team members and patients at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, we thank Danny DeVito from the bottom of our hearts.”
"What an honor it is to receive this gift from the one-and-only Danny DeVito to advance care for our patients in central New Jersey at Jersey Shore University Medical Center," said Kenneth Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president of the Southern Market at Hackensack Meridian Health. "We are committed to providing the most cutting-edge and quality care to our patients, and philanthropic support, like Danny’s, allows us to reach new heights. We are so appreciative of his support."
“This heartwarming gift from Danny DeVito will benefit the communities we proudly serve at Jersey Shore University Medical Center today and for years to come,’’ said Joyce P. Hendricks, president and chief development officer at Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation. “We are so thankful for his incredible generosity, which will enable us to continue delivering compassionate care to those who need it the most.”
For the third consecutive year, Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been named to Healthgrades' America’s 250 Best Hospitals. This recognition places Jersey Shore in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance across the most common conditions and procedures.
“Danny DeVito, a great friend of mine, truly understands how important quality health care is and how philanthropy can make all the difference,” said Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs. “It’s been such a pleasure to reintroduce Danny, a fellow New Jerseyan, to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. This very community is the same one that supported both of us growing up and we both believe in giving back to the communities that support you.”
To learn more about how you can support the Greatest Need Fund at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, please visit GiveHMH.org/JerseyShore or contact Paul Huegel, vice president of Development, Southern Market, at email@example.com.