Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Raises Nearly $200,000 at Third Annual ‘Signature Social’

August 1, 2017

Leaders from Hackensack Meridian Health and Meridian Health Foundation gather with event chairs during the 3rd Annual Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Signature Social. From left: Thomas Dolan, chair of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, James Young, executive director of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Joseph Stampe, president of Meridian Health Foundation, event co-chairs; Thomas Yu, M.D., Jane Yu, Kim Hogan, M.D., and Joseph Lattanzi, M.D, John Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, Dean Lin, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and Robert Adams, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center.

On July 28, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation hosted the Third Annual Signature Social, raising nearly $200,000 in support of programs and services at Southern Ocean Medical Center. The cocktail reception took place at Bonnet Island Estate on Long Beach Island where more than 200 guests joined in celebration of the hospital.

“Over the past few years, we have seen remarkable growth at Southern Ocean Medical Center,” explains Thomas Yu, M.D., diagnostic radiology specialist and reception co-chair. “Philanthropy contributes greatly to the hospital’s advancements, so we are grateful for everyone who came out to this event and expressed interest in becoming further involved.”

Guests at the Signature Social had the opportunity to learn more about recent developments at Southern Ocean Medical Center, including a brand new Emergency Department and Cancer Care Center, renovations to the main lobby and outpatient care areas and a Hackensack Meridian Health partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center which means patients now have new opportunities to benefit from world-class cancer care protocols. Additionally, during the program, guest speaker and Emergency Department nurse at Bayshore Medical Center, Linda Poling, shared a heartwarming story about the life-saving care her mom, Dolores Lydakis, received from Dr. Yu and many other members of the Southern Ocean Medical Center team.

“We are fortunate that a very engaged and energized group attended this year’s Signature Social,” explains Robert H. Adams, Jr., FACHE, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Seeing the community come together for such a wonderful cause is truly inspirational and shows promise that we will only continue to excel in years to come.”

Guests enjoyed a gourmet menu, live music and dancing. The reception was co-chaired by Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., Kimberly Hogan, M.D, Dr. Thomas Yu and Jane Yu and supported by Celebration Sponsor, Southern Ocean Medical Center Medical Staff and Reception Sponsors, Coastal Radiology, Dr. Lattanzi, Dr. Hogan and Phoenix Medical Construction.

To learn more about Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, or to make a donation, visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/GivingHeals or contact James Young, executive director, at james.young@hackensackmeridian.org or 609-978-3040.

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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.