Rose Dedication from Hackensack University Health Network to be Included in the Tournament of Roses Parade

November 5, 2014 03:20 PM
Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network, personalizes a rose that will be placed in the Dedication Garden of the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

On Tuesday, November 4, representatives from the New Jersey Sharing Network, along with a living organ donor and recipient, visited Hackensack University Medical Center and presented Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network, with a rose and vial on which he wrote a personal message.  This rose dedication will be includedon the Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade® on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

“Hackensack University Health Network is very proud to be a meaningful part of one of the world’s greatest traditions, the annual Rose Parade,” said Robert C. Garrett.  “We are also honored to partner with the New Jersey Sharing Network to help save and enhance lives through the gift of organ and tissue donation.”

HackensackUMC is a leader in organ donation in New Jersey.  So far this year, HackensackUMC has had six organ donors resulting in 30 lives saved. Another 1,700 lives have been enhanced through the gift of tissue and eye donation. 

Mr. Garrett is among thousands of hospital CEOs across the country to dedicate a handwritten message that will be included in the float’s Dedication Rose Garden.  For more than a decade, dozens of organizations nationwide have collaborated to enter a Donate Life float in the Rose Parade. Originally envisioned by a lung recipient who wished to thank organ, eye and tissue donors for their gifts of life, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has grown into a national tradition featuring more than 100 participants each year.  This includes riders who have received transplants, walkers who are living kidney donors, and deceased donors memorialized in “Floragraph” portraits which will be integrated into the float’s design. 

There are more than 120,000 people in the United States waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; 5,000 reside in New Jersey.  The wait time for kidneys, the most needed organ, is five to seven years in our state.  One organ donor can save up to eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 75 people through the gift of tissue and eye donation.  For more information or to register to become an organ donor, please visit

Photo caption:

Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network, personalizes a rose that will be placed in the Dedication Garden of the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade float.  From left to right:  Paula Gutierrez, Hospital Services manager, NJ Sharing Network; Maria Moreno, Hospital Services manager, NJ Sharing Network liaison to HackensackUMC; Robert C. Garrett; Karyn Glover of Bergenfield, NJ, who received a bone marrow transplant at HackensackUMC; and Jessica Hatton-Wenzel of Ridgefield Park, NJ, who donated a kidney to her uncle at HackensackUMC.

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:   




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