Pediatric Rheumatology Nurse Coordinator at HackensackUMC to be Honored at 2014 Bergen/Rockland Walk to Cure Arthritis

May 1, 2014 02:25 PM
Doreen Tabussi, R.N., B.S.N., nurse coordinator, Pediatric Rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, the 10thAnniversary Bergen/Rockland Walk to Cure Arthritis will be held on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck Campus.  The year’s Medical Honoree is Doreen Tabussi, R.N., B.S.N., nurse coordinator, Pediatric Rheumatology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.

Doreen, a long-time Arthritis Foundation advocate and volunteer,  was chosen as the 2014 Bergen/Rockland Walk to Cure Arthritis Medical Honoree because of her  passion for helping others and dedication to help change the lives of more than 50 million Americans  who suffer from this disease. 

“I have been lucky enough to care for children and their families for the past 30 years and half of that time has been spent caring for children with arthritis and rheumatic diseases,” said Doreen Tabussi, R.N., B.S.N., nurse coordinator, Pediatric Rheumatology, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital.   “Because I have arthritis too, I know the pain that they feel, the anger caused by having ‘a disease’ and the fear of what tomorrow may bring. These children and young adults have inspired me. Through many difficult times, I have held their hand and they have held my heart. Please join me and the HackensackUMC Heroes Team as we walk together, support each other and raise funds to find a cure for arthritis.”

Doreen and the HackensackUMC Heroes Team are participating in the Walk to Cure Arthritis to raise awareness, not only to fight the nation's leading cause of disability, but especially that the disease commonly affects children.  It is one of the leading causes of acquired disability in childhood. Proceeds of the walk will also fund research toward curing arthritis. The Hackensack Heroes team is also supported by the entire team of physicians, nurses and other staff in the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the Children’s Hospital.

This year's event will feature a unique one-mile route complete with games and activities at stops highlighting the accomplishments from the last nine years along the way. New this year, is a three-mile course for the more ambitious walkers.  As always, pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs to participate in the walk.

“Since the walk began a decade ago, Doreen has played a major role on the Walk Planning Committee, recruiting walkers from our families and creating awareness in the Bergen/Rockland communities,” said Yukiko Kimura, M.D., chief, Pediatric Rheumatology, Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital. “Doreen’s role at the Arthritis Foundation goes well beyond the Walk. She has also helped to develop the Juvenile Arthritis School Program, Camp CHAT and Family Day. We are very proud of Doreen for her many accomplishments and the Arthritis Foundation could not have chosen a more appropriate person to honor.”

To learn more and register for the Bergen/Rockland Walk to Cure Arthritis, visit  To learn more about the fight to cure arthritis, visit


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 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 remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   


About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.





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