The race began at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church with a USATF certified 5K run/walk hosted by HackensackUMC Foundation, the Hughes and Zabransky families and the Run for Sue Committee. More than 450 people participated in this year’s run, which raised in excess of $120,000 for Susan’s Suite and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital (JMSCH) at HackensackUMC
“The committee teamed up with the HackensackUMC Foundation to ensure Susan’s legacy lives on through Susan’s Suite --- a 10-bed oncology suite in our newly renovated Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC,” said Mark Sparta, executive vice president and chief population health officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Susan’s Suite and all of the specialty–care areas in our Emergency and Trauma Center play a critical role in providing specialized treatment for patients whose health is already compromised due to an existing illness.”
Since it began in 2012, the Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial Run has raised more than half a million dollars to benefit Susan’s Suite at HackensackUMC. This year, a portion of the proceeds from the run will also fund a riding program at Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah for pediatric oncology patients from the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.
Susan’s love of horses and her desire to help others drew her to become a volunteer with Pony Power Therapies in 2008, which led to a pilot program for children from the JMSCH. Proceeds from this year’s run will rekindle this program. Patients from the children’s hospital, along with siblings and other family members, will be interacting with horses and with each other, taking the focus off the illness for a time and sharing a special experience together.
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 in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. 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 Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for nine years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 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 was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLVIII Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.