The opening address was delivered by Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive of Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health.
“On this day, our minds naturally go towards remembering those who have given their lives in defense of our Country,” said Mr. Sparta. “We should also take this time to reflect on those service members who carry the wounds of war, whether they be physical or in their memories, each and every day.”
The keynote address was delivered by Frank Maciel, a veteran of the United States Army and director of Accounts Payable, Department of Finance at Hackensack Meridian Health.
“When I was asked to speak here today, many emotions came over me,” said Mr. Maciel. “I thought about all of the men and women who served and who aren’t here today, as I am. I came home, but so many did not return to their loved ones and families. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and we must never forget their bravery.”
The “Missing Man Table” ceremony was reenacted by Gordon Huie, United States Air Force and a member of the Veteran’s Network at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Veteran’s Network is comprised of active, retired and reserve military employees. During the ceremony, a wreath was placed by Michael Horton, FACHE, administrative director of Clinical Services at Hackensack University Medical Center to honor the fallen warriors followed by a moment of silence.
The Hackensack Meridian Health Military Honor Guard and Veteran’s Network recently held a Memorial Day Ceremony in the Hekemian Conference Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
Front row, from left to right: Sergio Lebron, United States Marine Corps; Karen Hanson, director, Workforce Planning and University Relations, Hackensack Meridian Health; Francisco Maciel, United States Army; Robert Rubin, United States Navy; Marcenia Cofield, United States Air Force; Lori Negri, United States Navy; Gordon Huie, United States Air Force; Tod Richards, United States Navy; Christopher Chan, United States Marines; and Michael Horton, FACHE, administrative director, Clinical Services, Hackensack University Medical Center.
Back row: Diana Salgado (US Army); John Harley, United States Army; Peter Jeong, United States Army; Michael Volpe, United States Navy; Ray Koonce, United States Army; Carlos Fernandes, United States Navy, Matt Morales, United States Marine Corps; Dan Dulude, United States Air Force; Don Fleischer, United States Army; and Joseph Idoko, United States Air Force.
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 the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 34,100 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 sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive 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.