Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Named “High Performer” by Association for Healthcare Philanthropy

January 10, 2017

Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, which fundraises for Hackensack Meridian Health’s Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County hospitals, programs and services, has been honored by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) for its exemplary performance in fundraising to enhance health care in the local community. Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations is one of only 51 organizations in the U.S. and Canada to be named a “High Performer,” based on the AHP’s annual benchmarking analysis. High performers are recognized only when they operate in the top 25 percent of all reporting organizations.

Each year, participating hospital foundations complete an in-depth survey that includes data such as fundraising revenue, sources and number of gifts, expenses, and employee roles and resources. AHP analyzes the data submitted categorizing high performers through a comparative analysis based on core benchmark indicators such as net fundraising returns, return on investment and cost to raise a dollar.

“We are extremely proud to be distinguished as a “High Performer” in health care philanthropy,” explains Joseph Stampe, regional president and chief development officer of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. “It’s through the support we receive from our trustees, donors, and fellow colleagues that enables us to work effectively and efficiently to help fulfill Hackensack Meridian Health’s mission to provide the full spectrum of life-enhancing care and services to create and sustain healthy, vibrant communities.”

Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations has been participating in the AHP’s benchmarking survey for seven years and has been named a “High Performer” for six of those years.

The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy is an international professional organization dedicated to developing the fundraisers who encourage charity for nonprofit hospitals and health care institutions. The association’s 5,000 members represent more than 2,200 health care organizations in North America and abroad, raising more than $10 billion each year for community health services.

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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