|Jean Flaherty, Director, Community Medical Center Marketing & Communications Department (l) and Rick Pallamary Vice President, Community Medical Center Foundation (r) present a check for $5000 to Sgt. James Reilly, Canine Supervisor, Toms River Police Department, Brutus, Toms River Police Department, K-9 Unit, Michael Mastronardy, Chief, Toms River Police Department, on behalf of the employees of Community Medical Center.
TOMS RIVER, NJ, June 4, 2013 - The Toms River Police Department Canine Training Academy graduation had special meaning for the staff of Community Medical Center this year - one of the graduates received his diploma thanks to their generosity.
Employees at Community Medical Center embarked on ‘Cash for a K-9,’ a fundraising campaign, to help purchase a dog for the Toms River Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The employees’ efforts resulted in a $5,000 donation to the Toms River Police Department Foundation and culminated in Brutus’ graduation. Brutus graduated with four other dogs in the seventh graduation class at the Canine Academy.
“Our staff wanted to give back to the community in a unique, long-lasting way, and in the process, we have been able to show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the Toms River Police Department,” said Community Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Stephanie L. Bloom. “Giving back to the community is the hallmark of our employees. We are grateful that Brutus is now available to assist our exceptional Police Department.”
Brutus, born in the Netherlands, and his partner Sgt. James Reilly graduated after successfully completing the 16-week program involving obedience, agility, and scent training for patrol-related duties. Brutus is now patrol-certified and a member of the Toms River Police Department K-9 Unit.
In addition to ‘Cash for a K-9’, employees at Community Medical Center take part in several annual events to give back to the community, including dune grass planting at the beach, the Healthcare Harvest Food Drive, a backpack and school supplies drive and a winter holiday toy drive. The annual food drive is the largest event and this year’s drive will culminate in over 100,000 pounds of food donated to area food banks since 2007.
About Community Medical Center
Community Medical Center received an “A” in the Hospital Safety Score as announced by Leapfrog, an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of healthcare and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Community Medical Center has also been recognized as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades. The hospital has earned this designation for three consecutive years.
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