Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Holds Annual Recognition Gala at Yankee Stadium

October 1, 2014 03:53 PM
Hackensack University Medical Center leaders gathered at Yankee Stadium for the 2014 HackensackUMC Foundation Annual Recognition Gala.

On September 13, more than 1,000 guests gathered at world-famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx for the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Annual Recognition Gala.  This year’s Recognition Gala raised more than $2 million, which will benefit the many programs and initiatives provided by HackensackUMC. 

“Congratulations to the entire HackensackUMC Foundation team for their efforts in organizing such a successful event this year,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “I would like to thank our sponsors and guests who contributed so generously.  Proceeds from this event directly contribute to the operations of our world-class medical center and allow us to continually enhance our programs, services and facilities.”

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed live music, food and exclusive photo opportunities in normally-reserved areas of the ballpark, including the Yankee dugout and Monument Park.  Guests mingled with former Yankee Greats Bernie Williams, Cecil Fielder, Mickey Rivers, Mike Torrez and Roy White, who signed autographs and posed for photographs. 

The entertainment continued throughout the evening, including a jazz guitar performance of “Bernie’s Birthday Blues” by Bernie Williams in the Legends Club in celebration of his 46thbirthday.  After the performance, Robert C. Garrett presented the former Yankee with a birthday cake.  During the course of the event, various bands played throughout the stadium – including Lavender Steel, Company Men, Michael Delguidice and the Big Shot Band, Hot Sardines and the High and Mighty Brass Band.

Established in 1980 as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization, the HackensackUMC Foundation raises funds that support the diverse programs and services at the medical center.


Hackensack University Medical Center leaders gathered at Yankee Stadium for the 2014 HackensackUMC Foundation Annual Recognition Gala.  Nearly 1,000 guests attended the event, which raised more than $2 million to support the many programs and initiatives provided by HackensackUMC.

Pictured from left to right: Diane Reynolds Fitzgerald; Jon M. Fitzgerald, executive vice president and chief development officer, HackensackUMC Foundation; Radhika Sahu ; Sharad Sahu, M.D., president, Medical and Dental Staff, HackensackUMC; Dorothy Vuono; Frank J. Vuono, chairman, Hackensack University Medical Center Advisory Board of Directors; Pam Simunovich;  Joseph Simunovich, chairman, Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees; Laura Coti Garrett; Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Mark D. Schlesinger, M.D., chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and chairman, Special Events Committee, HackensackUMC Foundation; Lawrence R. Inserra Jr., chairman, HackensackUMC Board of Governors; Inez Inserra;  Ulises E. Diaz, chairman, HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees; Liz Diaz; Paul Kovatis, M.D., chairman, Medical Executive Committee, HackensackUMC; and Amy Kovatis. 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It also received 11 national rankings, and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S.

HackensackUMC received Practice Greenhealth’s highest honor as a 2014 Environmental Excellence Award winner, earning recognition as one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country and received the HealthTrust 2014 Member Recognition Award for Social Stewardship for demonstrating a commitment to conservation and preservation of the healthcare environment.  HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was the Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:www.HackensackUMC.org.   




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