September 26, 2018 ― Hackensack, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently received the Seven Seals Award on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program. The Seven Seals Award is the broadest and most inclusive award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership.
“Our medical center is very proud to receive this award, which demonstrates our steadfast support for our service men and women in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president, Hackensack University Medical Center and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. “We are truly honored and privileged to support those who so bravely serve our country.”
The Seven Seals Award is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.
Hackensack University Medical Center recently signed a Statement of Support for the Guard and Reserve, continuing its tradition to support U.S. service members and veterans. In addition, Hackensack University Medical Center has been nominated for the 2019 Freedom Award, which is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. Finalists will receive the award during a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Hackensack University Medical Center, which employs more than 40 active duty, reserve, and retired active duty team members, has a long history of supporting U.S. military veterans. The Hackensack Veterans Network, founded in 2013, is comprised of Hackensack University Medical Center team members who are serving, or who have served, in all branches of the U.S. military. The Hackensack Veterans Network provides Hackensack University Medical Center veterans with information, education, resources and offers its members an opportunity to continue to give back to their community. In addition, Hackensack University Medical Center joined the Hiring our Heroes Program, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation in 2014, aimed at helping U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses find employment. Hackensack University Medical Center is also part of the VetFriendly 50,000 Jobs Challenge, sponsored by Veteran Recruiting, which has the goal of helping 50,000 veterans find employment.
In 2017, Hackensack University Medical Center formed a partnership with the United States Army Reserve known as Operation Hackensack S.M.A.R.T. (Strategic Medical Asset Readiness Training). This innovative, first-of-its-kind partnership focuses on high-quality, individualized specialty medical training for service members to improve their knowledge, skillsets and increase soldier readiness. Operation Hackensack S.M.A.R.T. integrates interactive observation training that is specific to the jobs soldiers perform in their military capacity. During the training, soldiers partner with their civilian counterparts at the medical center for 14 days of immersion training utilizing cutting-edge technology, at no additional cost to the government. This program contributes to superior readiness and in-depth training within the medical ranks. It also provides critical knowledge sharing between military and civilian medical professionals about best practices, techniques and procedures to ensure military service members are trained to use the most current technology in today’s rapidly changing health care landscape. In August 2018, Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed the third class of 14 soldiers from across the country representing the following branches of the military: Army, Army Reserve, Air Force, NJ National Guard, and Coast Guard received training in the laboratory, administration, operating room, radiology and with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) crews.
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently received the Seven Seals Award on behalf of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program.
From left to right: Alex Hernandez, NJ area chair ESGR; Don Tretola, NJ ESGR state chair; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, president, Hackensack University Medical Center and Joseph M, Sanzari Children’s Hospital; and Jason A. Kreitner, FACHE, vice president, senior operations officer, Hackensack University Medical Center.
About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack 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 one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five 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 25 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.