(SADDLE RIVER, NJ) In the early hours of the morning on Saturday, April 27, over 500 runners and walkers gathered at the start line for Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation’s 8th Annual Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run in Saddle River.The event – which honors the life and memory of Susan Zabransky Hughes, a resident of Saddle River who passed away of cervical cancer in 2011 at the age of 46 – has raised $2 million in its eight year run. Funds benefit patients and programs affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center.
“It is remarkable to see how the run continues to benefit our patients and neighbors in our community,” said Mark Sparta, president and chief hospital executive of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Proceeds that are raised help support scholarships for students attending the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in addition to having helped fund the construction of Susan’s Suite, a 10-bed unit for patients with cancer and diseases of the immune system treated in the Emergency and Trauma Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. We are incredibly grateful to everyone involved in coordinating this event and to the sponsors, donors and participants for their continued support. ”
“It never ceases to amaze me how many people continue to support our commitment to excellence,” said Susan Zabransky, mother of Susan Zabransky Hughes. “This event is a true example of how collaboration between Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and the Run for Sue Committee continues to make this run a success. My husband Bill and I are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”
Additionally, this event supports two weeks of camp at Pony Power Therapies in Mahwah for patients treated at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. This camp benefits the patients through the use of horse and farm-related activities.
Photo: The annual Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run hosted by the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation took place on Saturday, April 27, and honored the memory of Sue, a cervical cancer patient who passed away in 2011. Funds from the event have, in part, supported a scholarship for Tony Varughese, pictured here with Sue’s parents Susan and Bill Zabranksy, to the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
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 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.