HackensackUMC’s Dr. Iwuozo Obilo Honored for Humanitarian Work in Nigeria
February 3, 2016 03:51 PM
Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce Iwuozo L. Obilo, M.D., a pediatricianat the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, has been recognized for his humanitarian work in Nigeria.
Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that Iwuozo L. Obilo, M.D., a pediatrician at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, has been recognized for his humanitarian work in Nigeria. Dr. Obilo was honored for his notable contributions to the health and well-being of people in his boyhood home and his efforts to further the development of their community of Obollo.
“It was a wonderful experience,” Dr. Obilo said of his trip to Nigeria this past December, where he formally received recognition in a special ceremony in front of numerous local dignitaries and hundreds of guests from as far as the United States and Europe. “I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do. It’s a calling,” he added.
In 1995, Dr. Obilo established the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (NHF) to improve health and welfare conditions in rural Nigeria where access to basic needs such as healthcare are often limited. Funds raised, as well as donations made to NHF’s “Nigeria Smiles” campaign, cover some of the costs associated with travel and accommodations for mission volunteers and infrastructure needs, while medical supplies are donated. NHF has been recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the United Nations since 2001.
“The medical center is proud to support Dr. Obilo and the essential medical missionary work performed by the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “We are also proud of our team members who accompany Dr. Obilo on his missions to save and improve lives."
Even as a child, Dr. Obilo says he was intent on helping people, cleaning wounds and caring for the sick from a very young age. As a physician, he has remained determined to return to his country of origin to deliver much-needed clinical care. His medical missions occur annually.
“The HackensackUMC family has been so supportive of our work,” said Dr. Obilo. “I am truly grateful. I believe what we do in life, we do for humanity. It’s why we are here.”
For more information on the Nigerian Healthcare Foundation, please visit http://www.nhfinc.org.
Photo: Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce Iwuozo L. Obilo, M.D., a pediatricianat the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC, has been recognized for his humanitarian work in Nigeria. (Pictured left to right: Eze Edwin Mbaenyi and Dr. Obilo).
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 the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed 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 the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 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.