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Local Trailblazers Recognized During Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s Black History Month Program

02/26/2013

Black History Month

NEWARK — The 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863-2013) was highlighted and the achievements of a diverse group of trailblazers were celebrated as a standing room only crowd looking on at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Music, singing and an inspirational word from guest speaker Rev. Ronald Slaughter, Pastor of St. James AME Church in Newark, completed the recent Black History Month program.

Black History Month
(Left to right) John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ); Marilyn Harris, Administrative Director of Laboratory Services at NBIMC; Rev. Ronald Slaughter, Pastor of Saint James A.M.E. Church in Newark; Jerry LaMothe, a respiratory technician at NBIMC and Founder Tru Life Films in 2000; Carolyn B. Thompson-Wallace, Former Executive Director and Co-founder of the International Youth Organization (IYO); Rev. Eric Beckham, Pastor of the Clear View Baptist Church in Newark; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer at NBIMC and CHoNJ

While serving as emcee of the Black History Month celebration, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, said, “This is an extraordinarily essential part of our culture at Newark Beth. We have assembled people who have contributed to Newark’s progress and promise from our singers to our guest speakers and our honorees. We kicked off our month-long series of celebrations with a movie screening. We have posters and displays in the patient discharge lobby that tell the story of the important role that African Americans have played in shaping our lives and our country. This year we’re focusing our program of the Emancipation Proclamation.”

Rev. Slaughter’s message ‘What Happens When Faith Meets Determination’ stirred the crowd of more than 200 community residents, St. James A.M.E. Church members and employees from The Beth. He shared stories and recited Langston Hughes’ poem “Mother to Son” to emphasize the need for people to persevere. “Quitting should never be an option,” he said.

Signed by President Abraham Lincoln, “The Emancipation Proclamation simply offered our people a glimmer of hope and an opportunity for freedom. The question that permeates within my mind and my spirit today, ‘What hope are we offering the 21st Century of persons who work 40 to 50 hours a week, yet still cannot feed their families? What hope are we are offering those today who are struggling with chronic illnesses and cannot afford health care and medication?” He challenged the audience to find ways of addressing issues of “racism, classism, sexism and the outrageous health care costs. I cannot offer you any new Emancipation Proclamation myself, but through the lenses of my own history I can offer you hope through the story of my ancestors who showed me exactly what happens when determination meets faith.

Black History Month
(Left to right)ATTIRE FIT FOR A QUEEN: Atiya Jaha-Rashidi, RN, Director of Patient Experience at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Harriet Reaves, Data Manager, Epidemiology & Infection Prevention at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Our ancestors never contemplated giving up…When determination meets faith, deliverance becomes obtainable. That’s what the Emancipation Proclamation provided my family and your family. It’s an opportunity at a fair shake in America. So, when the Emancipation Proclamation was signed making a tradition in many African American churches. On New Year’s Eve we gather to worship. On New Year’s Eve we gather at our churches to celebrate God for the year that’s going out and the year that’s coming in. So, we gather in remembrance of our ancestors” who were waiting for President Abraham Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation so they could be free. That historical day was January 1, 1863.

Following the Rev. Slaughter’s remarks, Dr. Brennan and Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer at NBIMC and CHoNJ, recognized the following honorees for their tremendous contributions to the greater Newark community as well as the health care and entertainment industries:

Trevor Forbes, MD, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey

Rev. Eric Beckham, Pastor of the Clear View Baptist Church in Newark

Carolyn B. Thompson-Wallace, Former Executive Director and Co-founder of the International Youth Organization (IYO)

Jerry LaMothe, a respiratory technician at NBIMC, who is also an Award-Winning Filmmaker and Founder Tru Life Films in 2000

Beth employees Kim Armstrong Green; Rainey Lassiter, and Kasoundra Clemons were the featured songstresses for the event. Ms. Alma Beatty, the former Vice President of Community Relations, was acknowledged for establishing The Beth’s tradition of hosting a Black History Month Celebration more than 10 years ago.

In addition to the event on the 15th, The Beth also hosted a reception recognizing Black doctors who have participated in international medical missions and conducted community service in Newark and throughout Essex County.

About NBIMC
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is one of the top three in heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com.

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Date:February 26, 2013

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