Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 1, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  

Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Hosts Record-Breaking Gala Raising $1 Million

'Innovation Has No Boundaries' gala honors 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, was held on November 19 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch and raised more than $1 million, a record for the event’s 19-year history. The signature fundraising event benefits programs and services at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex County hospitals.

This year’s Gala recognized the Meridian Health board members (from 1997-2016) for the incredible work they have 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.  

“Our trustees are such an essential part of our organization,” shares John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “It was such an honor to be able to recognize them this year.  As a result of their leadership, commitment and strong vision, we have taken this tremendous step forward as Hackensack Meridian Health.”

“The cultural synergies between Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network have contributed greatly to a successful merger as Hackensack Meridian Health,” shares Robert Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “It is with great thanks to the trustees, and our community of donors, for building and maintaining this strong culture that is going to help Hackensack Meridian Health transform and elevate the level of care provided to patients.”

The 2016 Gala was 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.

“I am beyond proud of the hospital presidents and event committee that worked tirelessly to make this a record-breaking success,” explained Steven Littleson. “Philanthropic support is vital to ensuring we can care for our patients in an exceptional way that includes the most innovative technologies and compassionate care. To see the community come together with the mission to make a difference is truly inspirational and will make an impact for years to come.”  

The 2016 Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations’ Gala was 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., John Gumina, M.D., Meridian Medical Group-Primary Care, Monmouth Family Medicine Group, McKinsey & Company, OceanFirst, and WHR Architects, Inc, and Decoration Sponsor, C.R. Bard, Inc. Guests also enjoyed musical performances by physician-led bands, The Art Topilow Jazz Trio, Not on Call and Lights Out. To learn more about Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, or to make a gift, visit

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, HackensackUMC Palisades 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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