“I would like to congratulate Dr. Sawczuk for being recognized by such a prominent professional association,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “We are so privileged to have a physician of such esteem as one of the leaders of HackensackUMC, and the fact that he remains a practicing physician, even while fulfilling multiple leadership roles, is a true testament to his dedication to patients.”
Started in 1989, the Russell W. Lavengood Distinguished Service Award, honors those who have epitomized the concept of distinguished service. Dr. Sawczuk was selected based upon his extensive experience in urology spanning more than 25 years. He began his time with HackensackUMC more than 10 years ago as the chairman of the Department of Urology. His emphasis on cutting-edge technology has elevated the Department of Urology to one of the leading programs in the country, ranking number 25 out of nearly 1,500 hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, and being named one of HealthGrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostatectomy™.
Dr. Sawczuk has spearheaded HackensackUMC’s annual Healthy Prostate Events, partnering with the New York Daily News and WABC-TV in offering free prostate testing events to the general community. To-date, these events have tested more than 26,000 men, and potentially saved the lives of more than 2,288 men. He is committed to academic advancement, which was evident in the oversight of HackensackUMC’s affiliation agreement with Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, signed in June of 2012.
He has received numerous other awards and accolades, including a humanitarian award from the office of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton for his Chernobyl relief work, as well as NJBIZ Physician of the Year Award.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has created an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among HealthGrades® America’s top 100 hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation. The medical center has also been named one of the Truven Health Analytics 100 Top Hospitals®, a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades® for six years in a row. HackensackUMC received 19 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. 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 about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org .