The HackensackUMC Foundation Unveils a Donation of Art Meant to Inspire

June 5, 2014 05:07 PM
The artwork, titled “Everlasting Love,” was donated by Heather Choi, a member of the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees, and her husband, Mingi Choi, M.D., to the HackensackUMC Foundation.

The HackensackUMC Foundation has unveiled a generous donation of innovative artwork with an important message.  The mixed media piece was installed in the atrium of the WFAN/Imus building of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC. Placed at eye level for the benefit of those in the waiting area on the second floor, the piece is meant to inspire young patients and their families.

                The artwork, titled “Everlasting Love,” was donated by Heather Choi, a member of the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees, and her husband, Mingi Choi, M.D.  Reflecting on the years since the passing of their young son, Eugene, Ms. Choi described how she transcended the pain. “This experience ultimately made me brave and gave me inner confidence. I would like to think that Eugene would be proud of the choices I make as I go forward in life.”

                An unveiling ceremony was well attended by HackensackUMC leaders, board members, staff, family and friends. The event featured classical selections performed by the Benesori String Quartet.

“Thank you for joining us to celebrate the memory of our son, Eugene,” said Dr. Choi. “I will always remember Eugene’s courage and poise and I will cherish his enduring love.”

During Eugene’s treatment, Ms. Choi says HackensackUMC became her home away from home. This artwork is her way to connect with current and future patients and families.

                “This gift demonstrates an extraordinary generosity of spirit,” said Helen A. Cunning, executive director of development at the HackensackUMC Foundation. “We gratefully accept this kind and caring donation on behalf of our patients, their loved ones and their caregivers.”

                Artist Hyong Nam Ahn said he created “Everlasting Love” in two parts to represent the connection between parents and a child. It is a large scale piece crafted with oil paint in deep hues of purple, blue and gold, aluminum, stainless steel and neon lights. He said, “I am deeply moved to have created something that serves the community in an honorable and positive way. I hope it helps to brighten the hearts of patients and their parents.”

Established in 1980 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the HackensackUMC Foundation raises funds that support the diverse programs and services at the medical center.  The Foundation accepts contributions in the form of direct cash gifts and pledges, matching corporate gifts, planned gifts and naming opportunities.  For more information on upcoming events or ways to donate, please call 551-996-3720 or visit


The artwork, titled “Everlasting Love,” was donated by Heather Choi, a member of the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees, and her husband, Mingi Choi, M.D., to the HackensackUMC Foundation.  The mixed media piece has been installed in the atrium of the Don Imus – WFAN Pediatric Center of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at HackensackUMC.  

From left to right:  Mingi Choi, M.D., Franklin Lakes;  Jill Nuckel,  HackensackUMC  Advisory Board of Directors;  Heather Choi, HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees;  Ro Sorce, secretary, HackensackUMC Board of Governors;  and Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.

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 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:   




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