Meridian Health Foundation Celebrates 22nd Annual Gala at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City

October 14, 2019

Gordon Litwin, Esq., chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees to be Honored

Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation is pleased to announce that its 22nd Annual Gala, honoring Gordon Litwin, Esq., chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees, will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. This signature fundraising event benefits Hackensack Meridian Health not-for-profit medical centers and community health programs in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to work alongside Gordon,” says Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “His leadership as the chair of our board of trustees has been invaluable and we are grateful for his many contributions throughout his decades of service to our organization. He has personally made a significant impact on health care in the state in New Jersey and enabled us to achieve significant milestones as a network.”

Litwin’s involvement with the organization began prior to both the formation of Hackensack Meridian Health and Meridian Health, when he served as chairman of then stand-alone hospital, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. When Riverview Medical Center, now known as Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, joined newly formed Meridian Health, Litwin served as the first chairman. He subsequently served three additional terms as chairman, including and leading into the Hackensack Meridian Health merger in 2016. While chairman at Meridian Health, Litwin also served for six years as a trustee of the New Jersey Hospital Association, and in 2005, was honored by them with the Healthcare System Trustee of the Year Award. Litwin now serves as chair of the Hackensack Meridian Health Board of Trustees where he is a key member of all the organization’s boards and committees. In addition to his involvement with Hackensack Meridian Health, Litwin has been active in many other civic organizations in the community.

“We are thrilled to honor Gordon for his outstanding accomplishments and dedication throughout the years,” shares Joseph E. Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “His commitment, vision and leadership as a long-time trustee and volunteer has helped shape Hackensack Meridian Health’s success and growth and we are honored to recognize such an integral member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family.”

Named the Giving Heals Gala, the 22nd annual fete will feature reception-style seating, a delicious menu with an array of hors d’oeuvres and stations, live music, entertainment and black tie attire. Funds raised by the event all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign, which 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: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, 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.

“I am humbled by this honor and grateful to my fellow trustees for their friendship and support,” says Litwin. “It is a privilege to serve this extraordinary health network and I look forward to being a part of its continued growth. Events like the gala allow us to gather and celebrate our incredible accomplishments.”

The Giving Heals Gala is generously supported by Platinum Sponsors: Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and TeamHealth; Gold Sponsors: Envision Physician Services and Vee Technologies; and Silver Sponsors: Coastal Imaging, Compass One Healthcare (Crothall Healthcare and Morrison Healthcare), OceanFirst, 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. To learn more about the Giving Heals campaign, please visit