December 09, 2020
By Maria Scandale
For the second year in a row, Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation was recognized by NJBIZ as the top nonprofit organization in New Jersey in the publication’s annual Reader Rankings. Votes were cast by NJBIZ readers for the businesses they believed deserved to be recognized for their industry excellence and contributions in New Jersey.
“It is a tremendous honor to again be selected by the readers of NJBIZ as the top nonprofit organization in New Jersey,” said Joseph E. Stampe, president and chief development officer for Meridian Health Foundation. “The mission of Hackensack Meridian Health is to transform health care and every day, we work to help the organization accomplish those goals by raising vital funding that supports network initiatives, our local hospitals and important community programs and services. To be recognized for these efforts is humbling, particularly given the other phenomenal nonprofits who were also nominated within this category. We are thankful to the readers for their support and belief in our mission.”
Meridian Health Foundation is the umbrella organization overseeing the following Hackensack Meridian Health hospital foundations: Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation (also raising funds for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital), Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Riverview Medical Center Foundation.
It is currently in the final stages of a capital campaign called Giving Heals, with a fundraising goal of $150 million to strengthen oncology services, improve clinical outcomes, enhance the patient experience and broaden clinical research and academic programs at Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties. To date, the campaign, which ends Dec. 31, has raised nearly $200 million to purchase new equipment, build new facilities, enhance programs, provide assistance to team members and more.
Hackensack Meridian Health was also selected Best Healthcare System – (ranked number one for the third consecutive year) Hackensack Meridian Health; Best Physician Group – (ranked number one for the third consecutive year) Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group, and other awards. —M.S.