St. Joseph’s Health Foundation 2022 Gala: Successful Annual Fundraising Event Supports Patient Care

PATERSON, N.J. (November 7, 2022) —St. Joseph’s Health Foundation recently held its annual Gala at The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. For this event celebrating St. Joseph’s Health, more than 500 donors, medical staff, corporate sponsors, community leaders and friends gathered for the October 13 event for the first time since 2019.

The 2022 Gala Co-Chairs, Cecilia McKenney, SVP Human Resources, Quest Diagnostics and Priscilla Kaszubski, DO, Chair of Rehabilitation, St. Joseph’s Health, lead the effort to raise more than $865,000. These funds will be used to continue funding the mission of St. Joseph’s Health – to provide high quality care to all those in need, with a special concern for the poor, vulnerable, and underserved.

“The evening was magical thanks to the leadership of our co-chairs, outstanding honorees and generous supporters,” said Robert Budelman, Vice President of Development, St. Joseph’s Health Foundation. “After three years of not being able to hold our Gala because of COVID-19, it was wonderful to come together and celebrate all the good happening at St. Joseph’s Health.”

Recognized for their  professional achievements, outstanding leadership and volunteer commitment were:  Joseph A. Holahan, MD, recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award; Steve and Saari Binder, recipients of the Marcalus Legacy Award;  and the Health Coalition of Passaic County (HCPC), recipients of the Simonelli Community Award.

In addition to a night of dinner and dancing, guests were also entertained by aerialists and other performers throughout the night.

“We are also proud of our continued growth and expansion across Northern New Jersey – bringing new programs, services and access to care to area residents in need,” said Kevin Slavin, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health. “I look forward to this Gala every year and I am so grateful for our generous supporters and for everyone who attended.”

Photo caption:  St. Joseph’s Health Foundation recently held its annual Gala at The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. More than 500 people attended the event, which raised nearly $900,000.  From left to right:  Kevin Slavin, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Health; Steve and Saari Binder, recipients of the Marcalus Legacy Award; Joseph A. Holahan, MD, recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award; Kimberly Birdsall and Charlene Gungil, the Health Coalition of Passaic County (HCPC), recipients of the Simonelli Community Award.

ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH

Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor. 

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit www.stjosephshealth.org.

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