The Auxiliary of Hackensack University Medical Center Honors Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett at Garden Party Event

June 18, 2019

On Saturday, June 15 a Garden Party was held in honor of Robert C. Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health at the estate of Virginia Korteweg. Pictured from left to right are Virginia, Helen Cunning, president and chief development officer of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation, Joanne Wexler, president of the Auxiliary of Hackensack University Medical Center and Mr. Garrett.

The Auxiliary of Hackensack University Medical Center held a Garden Party event on Saturday, June 15 to honor Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert C. Garrett. The event was held at the estate of Virginia Korteweg in River Edge.

“I was humbled to be honored by my friends, colleagues and the Auxiliary, and especially thankful to Virginia for opening her garden up to us and violinist Alyssa Kim for her beautiful performance that afternoon,” said Mr. Garrett. “The Auxiliary has done so much to benefit our community and Hackensack University Medical Center over the course of more than 125 years. Their unwavering commitment has allowed for many important initiatives to come to fruition, including offering scholarship opportunities to our next generation of physicians at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.”

Those who attended Saturday’s Garden Party had the opportunity to explore the grounds of the Korteweg home while honoring Mr. Garrett.

“I have known and worked with Bob for many years and have witnessed how, under his leadership, our hospital has grown into the academic medical center of choice for patients in need of care in our community and beyond,” said Joanne Wexler, president of the Auxiliary of Hackensack University Medical Center. “So many lives have been improved because of Bob’s vision, and we were pleased to be able to recognize him for his accomplishments.”

Funds raised through this event help the Auxiliary to make important contributions to Hackensack University Medical Center and more. Recent contributions from the Auxiliary have helped fund scholarships for students attending the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

“We are thankful to the Auxiliary for hosting this event to honor Bob and for helping to raise needed funds for our initiatives,” said Helen Cunning, president and chief development officer, Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “These funds will help us in our mission to continue to transform health care and better outcomes and experiences for our patients.”