Long Branch, NJ – Santa Claus, a.k.a. Stephen Chagares, M.D., FACS. Monmouth Medical Center general surgeon, and Mrs. Claus, a.k.a. Dr. Chagares’ wife Marianne made their 14th annual Christmas Day pilgrimage to bring toys and spread holiday cheer to young patients at The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Santa and Mrs. Claus were accompanied by Santa's helpers – the Chagares’ nieces, nephews and close friends.
Toys were collected through donations from Dr. Chagares’ patients as well as toy drives organized by Colts Neck High School and New Jersey Strength and Conditioning in Shrewsbury. A few special gifts included warm and cozy blankets for all the children (pink and blue), pillows and candy canes decorated as reindeers in a festive basket.
“We thank Dr. Chagares and his family and friends for their generosity of spirit and for so selflessly thinking of others in the true spirit of the holiday season,” says Monmouth Medical Center President and CEO Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS. “We are so grateful to the members of the Colts Neck community, New Jersey Strength and Conditioning and patients of Dr. Chagares for helping to make this possible.”
L to R, Top Row: Richard Brogley, Julie Maggs, Jacob Lauffenburger, Dr. Stephen Chagares, Marianne Maggs Chagares, Debi Ferenc L to R Botton Row: Stephanie Ferenc, Samantha Fitzgerald
Santa Claus, a.k.a. Stephen Chagares pays a visit to the Emergency Department to distribute gifts and spread good cheer. L to R: Kaitlyn Brownridge, RN; Alexa Elashkar, PCT; Stephen Chagares, M.D., FACS; and Melissa (Missy) Porth, RN
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
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