HackensackUMC Announces NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Awards Finalists

May 7, 2014 04:26 PM

HackensackUMC is pleased to announce four finalists in the 2014 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program.   HackensackUMC finalists were recognized in the Education Hero, Innovation Hero, Women’s Health and Wellness Hero, and Workplace Wellness Hero categories. The Healthcare Heroes awards honor individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. Winners will be announced during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 24 at the Palace in Somerset, NJ.

“I am proud to congratulate our team of finalists,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “These well-deserved Healthcare Heroes distinctions highlight our colleagues who we view and value as everyday heroes.”

Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of Emergency Services at HackensackUMC, was recognized as a finalist in the Education Hero – Individual category. Guided by Dr. Feldman’s vision and leadership, HackensackUMC is proudly partnering with the Georgetown University School of Medicine in its newest graduate medical education initiative. HackensackUMC is training the students of today to meet the growing needs of our community and ultimately serve as the physicians of the future.

Shafiq Rab, M.D., vice president and chief information officer at HackensackUMC, was recognized as a finalist in the Innovation Hero category. Dr. Rab consistently leverages existing and new technologies to elevate the level of patient care. His enhanced background as a medical doctor deepens his understanding of the medical center and its mission.

Ami Vaidya, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery for the Gynecologic Oncology Divisionat the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, was recognized as a finalist in the Women’s Health and Wellness Hero category. Going beyond her role as a skilled and dedicated gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Vaidya is a proactive teacher providing vital information to her patients and a wider community of women.

HackensackUMC was recognized as a finalist in the Workplace Wellness Hero category. Transcending traditional treatment, the medical center is focused on population health management, offering wellness programs to employees and the wider community. The recent creation of a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness: Powered by the Giants, is a clear demonstration of dedication to an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to wellness.  

“I also want to extend congratulations to HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley for its recognition as a finalist in the Hospital of the Year category,” said Mr. Garrett. Individual hospitals are reviewed and considered in this category every five years. HackensackUMC proudly received the Hospital of the Year award in 2010.

All finalists and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges.


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 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; 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 2013-14 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 Center using the highest “green building” standards, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven 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 22 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 remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   





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