Long-time Monmouth Medical Center board member, past board chairman, member of the medical staff executive committee and philanthropic trustee Don J. Summa recently joined representatives from Monmouth Medical Center for a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Helen Staples Summa and Don J. Summa Medical President's Wall at Monmouth Medical Center.
The wall honors the physicians who dedicated their lives to transforming a small community hospital into a renowned academic medical center and was made possible by Summa's $1 million legacy gift, which will also support the Eric N. Burkett, M.D. Medical Education Research Fund established to provide resources to support the internal medicine residency program at Monmouth Medical Center.
"My parents told me if you are talented and successful, you have an obligation to give back to society. I can think of no better place than Monmouth Medical Center, which I believe to be one of the finest hospitals because of the great care givers, physicians and medical practitioners who do such wonderful work here," said Summa.
"Monmouth Medical Center's ability to practice exceptional medicine and provide compassionate care is rooted in the visionary philanthropy of people like Don and Helen Summa," said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. "Don's support for numerous initiatives over the years has helped Monmouth set the standard for success and become the respected institution it is today, for which the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, hospital administration, medical staff and all employees of Monmouth Medical Center and, most importantly, our patients, are truly grateful."
"Mr. Summa is – and has been for many years – an integral part of Monmouth Medical Center's past, present and future," said Tara Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation. "We are grateful for his many years of devoted and dedicated service and are honored to share this capstone to his legacy."
- Retired after a long and successful career as a national tax partner at Arthur Young and Company and as a Professor teaching at Rutgers, Columbia and Monmouth Universities, Summa lives by the philosophy that the most successful people are obligated to be the most active in society. Summa is recognized as a philanthropic leader through Monmouth County and gives generously of his time not only to Monmouth Medical Center but also to Monmouth University and the Central Jersey Blood Center.
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PHOTO: Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center with J. Douglas Summa; Donald Summa; Jeffrey Donaldson Summa; Tara Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Medical Center Foundation; and Eric N. Burkett, M.D.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg 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 Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery.