“At Hackensack University Medical Center, we believe in some guiding principles – we are human-centric, quality oriented, innovative and academic,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president, Hackensack University Medical Center. “It is our honor and pleasure to present these 10 students with a scholarship to help them achieve their goals to further their education. I am very proud of our medical and dental team members for their participation in this scholarship program.”
The Medical and Dental Scholarship Awards program began in 1991 by Michael Petriella, M.D., former vice chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. It was Dr. Petriella’s belief that non-physician team members should be recognized for the work they do and be encouraged to pursue their education. Nearly 300 employees and their dependents have received this scholarship since 1991.
Applicants are judged on their essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, service to the community and letters of acceptance to colleges, graduate schools or accredited institutions. The awards are funded by dues collected from the physicians of the Hackensack University Medical Center Medical and Dental Staff. In the last 25 years, the scholarships have been named in honor of Hackensack University Medical Center physicians.
The Medical and Dental Staff at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 28th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Front Row, from left to right: Angelika Drozd, Linden, NJ; Elizabeth Johnsen, Bergenfield, NJ; Elimi De La Rosa, Clifton, NJ; Shaneka Phinn, Paterson, NJ; Cindy Rosado, Clifton, NJ; Rosemarie J. Sorce, vice president, Hackensack Meridian Corporate Board; Marc Younker, West Orange, NJ; Alexa Alvarez, Bergenfield, NJ; Christian Malapit, New Milford, NJ; Victoria Gramlich, East Rutherford, NJ; and Miral Gandhi, Clifton, NJ.
Back Row, from left to right: Katharine N. Hodock, M.D., assistant attending physician, Department of Pediatrics; Martin S. Karpeh, M.D., chair, Department of Surgery; Rita S. Patel, M.D., attending physician, Department of Radiology, George Stoupakis, M.D., attending physician; Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine; Michael A. Sbarra, M.D., attending physician, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Thomas Salazer, M.D., co-president, Medical and Dental Staff; Michael J. Goldfischer, M.D., attending physician, Department of Pathology; Dushyant R. Patel, M.D., assistant attending physician; General Internal Division, Department of Internal Medicine; Bindu Balani, M.D., senior attending physician, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine; Stephen G. Pereira, M.D., attending physician, Department of Surgery; and David Negron, M.D., senior attending physician, Department of Emergency Medicine.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 33,000 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, 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. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Northern Trust PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.