HackensackUMC Celebrates Veterans Day

November 12, 2014 03:23 PM
HackensackUMC held a Veterans Recognition Ceremony to honor its own military heroes.

On November 11, HackensackUMC held a Veterans Recognition Ceremony to honor those team members who also answered the Nation’s call to duty. The ceremony was held in the Hekemian Conference Center where 28 employees who have served in the military were honored.  

“Every day, I walk among exceptional men and women who serve our medical center and patients and among them are those who have gone beyond for not only HackensackUMC, but also for our country,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Today, we remember their dedication to our Nation and thank them for their service.”

The Passaic County Technical Institute, Navy Jr. ROTC opened the ceremony with the presentation of colors. During the ceremony, photos of the employees from their days in the military and current lives as civilians were shown on the projector screen as more than 100 HackensackUMC team members watched. 

Last year, HackensackUMC formed a veterans committee, which meets monthly.  To prepare for the ceremony, the committee asked employees who were veterans to share information about their service history and nominations for veteran recognition. The committee selected the 10 veterans to be honored for their continuing service at the center and for their past military service.  To show its appreciation, the medical center presented each with a specially selected patch or medal.   

The event was HackensackUMC’s first formal service honoring its veterans and is part of the medical center’s commitment as a veteran-friendly employer, focusing on the hiring and retention of veterans. This includes participating in eight veteran career fairs.  This year, HackensackUMC also set a goal to increase the number of veterans hired by three percent and increase the retention rate of veterans to 70 percent. 

As part of this commitment, HackensackUMC has joined the Hiring our Heroes Program, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, aimed at helping the U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses find employment.  In addition, HackensackUMC is part of the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge, sponsored by Veteran Recruiting, which has the goal of helping 50,000 veterans find employment by 2018.

Photo: HackensackUMC held a Veterans Recognition Ceremony to honor its own military heroes.  For their continuing service to the medical center and for their past military service, 10 veterans were nominated by their peers to receive a specially selected patch or medal, a sign of appreciation from HackensackUMC.  Pictured from left to right: Sgt. Timothy Duwhite, United States Army; Specialist Francis Hwang, United States Army; Sgt. Richard Jengo, United States Army; PFC John Harley, United States Army; Seaman 1stClass Robert Rubin, United States Navy; Petty Officer 3rdClass Carlos Fernandes, United States Navy; Corporal Sergio Lebron, United States Marines; Maj. Mick Kane, United States Army; Sgt. Dawn Hammer, United States Army; and SFC Franscisco Maciel, United States Army.


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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