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Hackensack University Health Network President and Chief Executive Officer Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network and Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, HackensackUMC,  participated in the ‘ALS Ice Bucket Challenge’ on August 20 to raise awareness and support for the ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The two stood near the front entrance of Hackensack University Medical Center, as dozens of people, including employees watched.


“We’re supporting a great cause and we’re happy to do it,” said Mr. Garrett.  “I believe we are the first hospital in our area to accept this challenge and we’re proud to do that on behalf of Hackensack University Medical Center.

Mr. Garrett then nominated Dev Gupta, M.D, chief of the Division of Neurology at HackensackUMC along with employees of the Hackensack Neurology Group to take the challenge as well, which they immediately accepted.

The City of Hackensack Fire Department helped to further douse the groups with hoses from the fire truck.   Later in the week, the flight crew of Hackensack University Health Network’s helicopter, AirMed One, took the challenge as well.  So far, several thousand dollars have been raised by Hackensack University Health Network for the ALS Association and additional Ice Bucket Challenges are scheduled to take place in the coming days.

To view the videos, please click on the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLIQUExPM-4&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3k9S3qPspg&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEKbI4f00rg&feature=youtu.be

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. It is the flagship hospital of the Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 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. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and 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, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org

 

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