July 1, 2019
Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Foundation raised nearly $250,000 at the 29th Annual Golf Classic, which took place on June 17 at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. This year’s event welcomed 120 golfers who competed in the tournament to raise money for programs and services at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center. The winning golf team included Digger Erbe, Jeff Baker, Neil Trainor, Jimmy Bruno from Quality Care Management/The Villas who won first place Team Low Gross on a match of cards.
“The annual Golf Classic is a tremendous way to raise vital funds for Ocean Medical Center and we are thankful to everyone who participated in this year’s event,” says Jason Nitche, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Ocean Medical Center and Annual Golf Classic event chair. “We could not have asked for a better turnout, particularly since the event was forced to take place on the rain date, and are excited that so many individuals and businesses are invested in helping us to advance health care for the community surrounding Ocean Medical Center.”
Funds raised from this year’s event will support cardiac services at the medical center, which is embarking on a construction project to create three, multi-purpose cardiovascular labs on the second floor above the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center. The new lab would increase the size of the cardiovascular labs by 40 percent and bring new and advanced cardiovascular equipment to the campus.
“Cardiac procedures have grown by 28 percent at Ocean Medical Center over the last three years and it’s important that we do as well in order to continue to provide the highest level of care,” says Kenneth Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Philanthropy enables us to upgrade spaces and technology, ultimately improving clinical outcomes while offering patients a superior healing environment. We are thankful to those who help make it possible.”
Funds raised at events such as the Annual Golf Classic all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of the Meridian Health Foundation’s 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 at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: 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.
“We are grateful for all of the support we have received as we bring our Giving Heals campaign to life,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “Whether from local businesses and foundations, or individuals supporting events like the Annual Golf Classic, volunteering their skills and time, contributing a monetary gift, or remembering their local hospitals in their wills, all of these acts of generosity make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Sponsors of the 29th Annual Golf Classic include, Title Sponsors: Brielle Orthopedics at Rothman and George Harms Construction Co., Inc.; Dinner Sponsor: Summit Associates Inc.; Cocktail Reception Sponsor: United Plumbing; and Breakfast Sponsor: Walter R. Earle Corporation.
For additional information about Ocean Medical Center Foundation or to make a donation, please contact Matthew Lang, CFRE, executive director of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation, at 732-751-5116, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Giving Heals campaign, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org/GivingHeals.