Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation recently celebrated its annual Humanitarian Gala at Eagle Oaks Country Club in Farmingdale to honor the philanthropy and leadership of the hospital community, with special attention to three individuals.
This year, the Foundation presented the 2015 Humanitarian Award to Munir Ahmed, M.D.,Thomas Calabro and
James T. Zipagan, M.D., whose contributions have helped enable Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus to grow and adapt to the changing health care landscape while continuing to meet the diverse needs of the community.
Munir Ahmed, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who has served as chief of orthopedics for both his private practice Jersey Shore Orthopedics in Toms River and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. Dr. Ahmed focuses primarily on hip and knee joint replacements and general orthopedics, staying up-to-date on the best techniques by regularly attending education and skill workshops.
"Physicians are frequently judged by two characteristics: technical skills and bedside manner. Dr. Ahmed has excellent technical skills, but what impresses his patients the most is his warm and caring nature," said Todd Phillips, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. "He's probably taken care of more than 100,000 patients in Ocean County. When you think about that, it's a tremendous impact for a person to make."
A dedicated leader within the hospital and local community, Thomas Calabro has served on Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation's board since 2005. Calabro, who owns Twin City Jewelers, played a critical role in the development of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit within the Emergency Department at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
"He's been a true asset," said Peter Kitay, a Foundation board member and owner of Countyline Construction. "Without Tom on the board, Monmouth South would be lacking in some life and bright ideas and ingenuity on how to move forward with the new hospital."
James T. Zipagan, M.D. continues the hospital's mission of providing the best quality care as an emergency medicine physician and past chair of the Emergency Department at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. Dr. Zipagan was responsible for orchestrating the development of the Fast Track Department, which manages minor emergency cases.
"Dr. Zipagan takes care of his patients with the highest level of quality, highest level of compassion and highest level of patient satisfaction of any emergency room physician. Without him, patient satisfaction wouldn't be where it is today at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus," said Michael Mimoso, MHSA, FACHE, President and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus.
The Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation was created to support the hospital and the programs and services it provides. The Foundation's accomplishments are funded through contributions from individuals, corporations and other donors for state-of-the-art equipment, facility improvement and programs. The Foundation enjoys the support of thousands of friends who not only raise funds for the hospital, but also serve as "ambassadors" in the community.
For more information on the Foundation or to make a donation, call (732) 886-GIFT.
From left: Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation Humanitarian Award Honorees Dr. and Mrs. James Zipagan; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Calabro; Dr. and Mrs. Munir Ahmed.
From left: Michael Mimoso, president and CEO, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus; Humanitarian Award Honorees Thomas Calabro, Dr. James Zipagan and Dr. Munir Ahmed; James Maida, chairman of the Foundation Board; and Denice Gaffney, Vice President of Development for the Foundation.
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus:
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. A Barnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is in the process of converting to all private rooms, which will make it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays.