Physician Team from Coastal Imaging, LLC Donates $500,000 to Support Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation Giving Heals Campaign

November 15, 2018

The team of radiologists from Coastal Imaging, LLC, have donated $500,000 to Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation. Half of the group’s donation will go to Meridian Health Foundation’s first ever regional comprehensive campaign, Giving Heals, with priorities at Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Funds raised by the campaign will go toward strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening our clinical research and academic programs. The remainder of the group’s donation will go toward a variety of fundraising events to help further the campaign and engage the community within the four Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in which the physicians work.

From left: John Swidryk, M.D.; Arkady Finkel, M.D.; Shabbir Naqvi, M.D.; Leo Fontana, M.D., Shaquib Zaidi, M.D.; Gregorio Guillen, M.D.; Christopher Moran, M.D.; Brian Lee, M.D.; Patrick O’Connor, D.O.,  Ph.d; Charlee Feeney, D.O.; Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; Thomas Yu, M.D., president of Coastal Imaging; John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; Bharathi Batchu, M.D.; David Wirtshafter, M.D.; Raven DeVincenzo, M.D.; Alicia Daniels, M.D.; Nicholas Perosi, M.D.; Peter Doss, M.D.; Robert Wold, M.D.; Douglas O’Connor, M.D.; Samir Jethwa, D.O.; and Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation.

“We have been providing services at these hospitals for more than 20 years and wanted to give back to those in which we all work and the community that we serve,” says Thomas Yu, M.D., president of Coastal Imaging. “We feel that our gift is going to help us continue to grow services at these hospitals and provide better care for our patients. We are honored to donate. It’s the right thing to do.”

Coastal Imaging is made up of a group of 50 radiologists who provide diagnostic imaging services for four Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals, including Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center.

“It’s an incredible thing when physicians believe so much in where they work and what they do every day that they choose to give back to do even more,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer at Meridian Health Foundation. “We are grateful to the Coastal Imaging physicians for their generous support and know that their donation will help many community members in need of medical care.”

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Meridian Health Foundation drives transformational philanthropic support for Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals and partner companies in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties including: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy and Old Bridge. Currently in the Foundation’s first comprehensive campaign, Giving Heals, more than $80 million has been raised to support oncology services, enhance the patient experience, broaden clinical research and academic programs, and improve clinical outcomes. Meridian Health Foundation has consistently been named a “High Performer” by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for its exemplary performance in fundraising. For more information visit


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 Center 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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