Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 24, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  

'Innovation Has No Boundaries' at Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Annual Gala on November 19

Honoring the Meridian Health Board Members who have helped shape our outstanding health network  

Wall, NJ - The Nineteenth Annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala, Innovation Has No Boundaries, will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. This signature fundraising event benefits Hackensack Meridian Health’s not-for-profit hospitals and community health programs in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties.

This year’s Gala will recognize the Meridian Health board members for the incredible work they’ve done to bring Hackensack Meridian Health to this pivotal point as a health care organization. Now as one integrated network, Hackensack Meridian Health provides people with a more robust continuum of care by harnessing Meridian Health’s and Hackensack University Health Network’s collective knowledge and resources.  

“We have a very exciting future ahead of us as a health care organization,” shares John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Though one thing will always stand true, we could not have gotten here without the years of dedication and leadership from Meridian Health’s board members and we are thrilled to be able to honor them at this prestigious event.”

The 2016 Gala is led by event chair, Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the hospital services division and chief operating officer of Hackensack Meridian Health with vice chairs, Robert Adams, Jr., FACHE, interim president of Southern Ocean Medical Center, Joseph P. Coyle, senior vice president of Realty at Hackensack Meridian Health, Michael R. D’Agnes, FACHE, president of Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy & Old Bridge, Timothy J. Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital, Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, regional president of Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center and Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

"It is a privilege to chair the Gala this year together with the hospital presidents," explained Steven Littleson. "Philanthropic support has a profound impact on the care we provide, and we appreciate our community's involvement in our efforts to deliver the most innovative care and exceptional experiences to our patients."

The event will feature a new format to include reception-style seating and comfortable lounge furniture, no formal table assignments, a delicious menu with an array of hors d’oeuvres, tapas and stations, and black tie attire. Guests can enjoy musical performances by physician-led bands, The Art Topilow Jazz Trio, Not on Call and Lights Out, and participate in a 50/50 raffle and silent auction with select special experiences, such as an Emerald Waterways European Cruise, reservations for four at Rao’s, a trip to Cabo San Lucas and luxury tickets and perks with the NY Giants.

The 2016 Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala is supported by generous Title Sponsors, including EmCare, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, TD Bank, TeamHealth, and Vee Technologies, USA, Cocktail Reception Sponsors, including Coastal Imaging, Concord Advisory Group, Jersey Mikes Franchise Systems, Inc., Meridian Medical Group-Primary Care, Monmouth Family Medicine Group, OceanFirst and WHR Architects, Inc, and Decoration Sponsor, C.R. Bard, Inc. To make reservations, learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, please visit or contact Michelle Casserly, director of special events, at or 732.751.5112.

About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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