Meridian Health Foundation Celebrates 21st Annual Gala at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City

October 23, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation is pleased to announce that its 21st Annual Gala, honoring John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, and his wife Maureen, will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. This signature fundraising event benefits Hackensack Meridian Health’s not-for-profit medical centers and community health programs in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.

“We are thrilled to honor John and Maureen for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication throughout the years,” shares Joseph E. Stampe, south regional president, Foundation chief development officer at Hackensack Meridian Health. “John’s commitment, vision and leadership has changed the landscape of health care in New Jersey and Maureen has been a tremendous volunteer with our Foundation.”

John was named president of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune in 1982. In the early 1990s, he led the creation of Meridian Health and was instrumental in developing Meridian’s continuum of care, which helped the organization meet and exceed the challenges of health care reform. In July of 2016, John helped spearhead the merger between Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network and as co-CEO, oversees all non-hospital businesses, including health ventures, population health and the foundations.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work alongside John,” says Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Not only has he been an incredible visionary in shaping health care throughout New Jersey, but he and Maureen have been extremely generous in giving of their time, energy and resources to better health care for their local communities. They have made a true impact on our state and we owe them a great deal of gratitude. I wish John nothing but the best in his retirement and will miss his partnership and camaraderie.”

Named the Giving Heals Gala, the 21st annual fete will feature reception-style seating, a delicious menu with an array of hors d’oeuvres and stations, live music and black tie attire.

“Maureen and I are so incredibly humbled by this honor. We are grateful for our friends who have supported us throughout my career at Hackensack Meridian Health and look forward to celebrating with many of them on November 17,” says Mr. Lloyd.

The gala is generously supported by Platinum and Silver Sponsor: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Platinum Sponsor: TeamHealth; Gold Sponsors: Envision Physician Services, OceanFirst and Vee Technologies; and Silver Sponsors: Aetna Better Health of New Jersey, Coastal Imaging, Compass One Healthcare (Crothall and Morrison Healthcare), Med-Metrix, John D. Gumina, M.D., of Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Medical Group – Primary Care Monmouth Family Medicine Group, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center – Medical & Dental Staff, TD Bank and University Radiology.

To make reservations, learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, please visit or contact Michelle Casserly, executive director of strategic events, at or 732-751-5112.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine 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; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 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, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include 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.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University – in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

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.

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