May 15, 2019
Nearly $130,000 was raised at the Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Annual Reception, held on May 4 at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, NJ. Co-chaired by Stacey Citron, Stacey Hernandez and Jessica Smith, approximately 200 guests attended the fundraiser, which will benefit a new Emergency Department to be built on the Old Bridge campus of the medical center. Guests enjoyed a cocktail-style flow with a delicious menu, an array of hors d’oeuvres and stations, live music and dancing.
“It was a beautiful night to celebrate Raritan Bay Medical Center,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “There are numerous causes from which people can choose to donate their time and resources, so the fact that nearly 200 people chose to support an endeavor that will help an entire community, is exciting. The momentum for this historic project is contagious and I cannot wait until the day we break ground.”
To date, $1 million has been raised for the new Emergency Department. Since becoming part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family in 2016, Raritan Bay Medical Center, with philanthropic support from the community, has already made significant advancements. Most recently, the medical center added the latest in robotic technology to its surgical capabilities with the da Vinci Xi® robotic surgical system, the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical system currently available.
“The reception and continued philanthropic support makes it possible for us to fulfill our mission of delivering exceptional health care,” continues Mr. Stampe. “Philanthropy is vital to being able to create new spaces for care, provide cutting-edge technology, train our team and enhance the patient experience, which is why the Meridian Health Foundation launched the Giving Heals campaign.”
Giving Heals supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. More than $95 million has been raised toward a goal of $150 million to support Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties, including: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.
For information on how to support the Emergency Department project at Raritan Bay Medical Center, to make a donation, or to contribute to the Giving Heals campaign, please call Linda Hill, executive director, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, at 732-324-5376.
ABOUT THE GIVING HEALS CAMPAIGN
Giving Heals is a $150 million regional comprehensive campaign to raise funds for strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. Publicly announced at the Meridian Health Foundation Gala on November 17, 2018, the campaign will run through 2020. Over $90 million dollars has been raised to date to support following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.