HackensackUMC Holds 26th Annual Medical and Dental Staff Scholarship Awards Ceremony

July 11, 2016 12:25 PM
The 26th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony as held by the Medical and Dental Staff at HackensackUMC.

The Medical and Dental Staff at HackensackUMC recently held the 26th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. 

The Medical and Dental Scholarship Awards program began in 1991 by Michael Petriella, M.D., former vice chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at HackensackUMC. It was Dr. Petriella’s belief that non-physician employees should be recognized for the work they do and to be encouraged to pursue their education.  The scholarships are awarded to hospital employees and their dependents. This year, 10 individuals each received scholarships in the amount of $3,000. The scholarships were presented by 10 physician honorees.

“I am really proud of our medical and dental staff and thank them for their participation in the scholarship program,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC.  “More than 250 employees and their dependents have received this scholarship since 1991. In the last five years alone, more than $150,000 has been awarded. On any given day, our hallways are filled with students, whether they are medical students, nursing students or allied health students.   At HackensackUMC, we have a mission to teach and educate. And in that same light, we are here today to honor those who want to continue to learn and reach their professional goals.”

Applicants are judged on their essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, service to the community and letters of acceptance to colleges, graduate schools or accredited institutions.  The awards are funded by dues collected from the physicians of the HackensackUMC Medical and Dental Staff.  Over the last 25 years, the scholarships have been named in honor of HackensackUMC physicians.


First row, left to right:  Pranaychandra Vaidya, M.D., chief, Cardiac Cath Lab, and director, Interventional Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine; Michelle J. Kim, M.D., Department of Urology, physician honoree; Rhina Navarro, recipient, Hackensack; Mark Schlesinger, M.D., chair, Department of Anesthesiology; Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs; Harriet Hirschenfang, widow of Fred C. Hirschenfang, M.D., Department of Pediatrics, physician honoree; Sarita Rastogi, M.D., president, HackensackUMC Medical and Dental Staff; Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president, HackensackUMC; David M. Felig, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, physician honoree; Douglas C. Finefrock, D.O., co-vice chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, physician honoree; Bernard Saccaro, M.D., co-vice chair, Department of Internal Medicine.

Second row, left to right: Deborah A. Goss, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease; Maureen Keating, RN, vice president, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; David A. Orr, D.O., Department of Internal Medicine,  Pulmonary Disease, physician honoree; Maria A. Ramos, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine, physician honoree; Jose Torreto, recipient, Ridgefield Park; Amanda Brimat, recipient, Bergenfield; Sonu Gandhi, recipient, Clifton; Amanda Roldan, recipient, Bloomfield; Lily Kramer, recipient, Ramsey; Steven Percy, M.D., vice chair, Department of Pediatrics, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

Third row, left to right:  Thomas Salazer, M.D., chief, Division of Nephrology, HackensackUMC; Ciaran M. Mannion, M.D., chair, Department of Pathology; Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., HackensackUMC vice president and chief academic officer, chairman and physician-in-chief at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital; Michael B. Harris, M.D., co-director, Children’s Cancer Institute, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital;  Jeffrey Mathew, recipient, Bergenfield; Dante A. Implicito, M.D., chief, Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,  physician honoree; Logan Peters, recipient, Bergenfield; Peter Kagan, M.D., Department of Surgery, Vascular, physician honoree; Nicholas Pecorelli, M.D.,  Department of Internal Medicine, General Internal Medicine, physician honoree.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775-bed 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 a member of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 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 has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.







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