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HackensackUMC Honors the Memory of a Valued Colleague and Trusted Friend


HackensackUMC leaders, staff, friends and family gathered to honor the memory of Barbara Jean “Bobbie” Toscano. A widely-respected director of nursing in the Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC and a trusted friend, Mrs. Toscano was remembered and celebrated during a dedication ceremony held at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC.

“This is a special occasion as we celebrate a special life,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “Bobbie and I started at HackensackUMC at about the same time. She played a pivotal role and made a significant difference during a major turning point in our history as a medical center.”

Mrs. Toscano was remembered at the dedication ceremony for her skill in managing the operating room, for her dedication to colleagues and patients, and for her philanthropic commitment to the medical center, which she shared with her husband, Samuel Toscano.

“Bobbie’s demonstrated commitment to the highest quality care is part of her legacy,” said Helen A. Cunning, executive director of development at the HackensackUMC Foundation. “We are forever grateful for her generous support of the Foundation and the Auxiliary at HackensackUMC.”

Mr. Toscano is a member of the HackensackUMC Advisory Board of Directors and is a member of the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Trustees. He previously served as chairman of the Foundation Board and also as chairman of the HackensackUMC Board of Governors.

                Mrs. Toscano was diagnosed with leukemia and passed away last year at the age of 64. A sign bearing her name in memoriam was placed in a position of prominence at the John Theurer Cancer Center.

                “Bobbie expressed to me how proud she was of the medical center and all that we have accomplished,” said Mr. Garrett. “Her name is permanently etched here and it will live on.”

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 HackensackUMCFoundation.org.

 

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: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

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