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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Honors Community and Employee Leaders for Commitment to the Community and Medical Center

02/28/2014

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) recently held its Annual Black History Month Celebration, entitled, “Salute to Nelson Mandela,” with Special Guest Speaker Reverend Dr. M. William Howard, Jr. Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark.

L to R: Morris Cohen, MD, Marilyn Harris, Brenda Gibson, Brian Bembry, Marcia McGregor, RN, MSN, Patrick Anderson, MD, Marc E. Berson, Chair, Board of Trustees, NBIMC and CHoNJ, Board Member, Board of Trustees, Barnabas Health, Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health, Frieda Hester, Reverend Dr. M. William Howard, Jr. Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, NBIMC and CHoNJ, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health, Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, Chief Operating Officer, NBIMC and CHoNJ, Deborah Smith Gregory, President of Newark Unit of the NAACP, Ras Baraka, Newark South Ward Council Member, Tracy Munford.

NEWARK, New Jersey – February 28, 2014 – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) recently held its Annual Black History Month Celebration, entitled, “Salute to Nelson Mandela,” with Special Guest Speaker Reverend Dr. M. William Howard, Jr. Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Newark.

“In February, we pause to recognize who actually make a difference at The Beth, not just during Black History Month, but every day,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.”

Reverend Howard delivered a historic and personal look at the life of President Mandela and the pre and post-Apartheid movement in South Africa. In addition to a presentation about Mr. Mandela, The Beth honored a number of community and employee leaders for their commitment to the community and to patients at NBIMC and CHoNJ.

Honored at the awards program were: the Newark Unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, accepted by Deborah Smith Gregory, President of the Newark Unit; and Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker of the 28th Congressional District. Receiving the Physician Excellence Award was Dr. Patrick Anderson, Chairman of OB/GYN and the Nursing Excellence Award was presented to Marcia McGregor, RN, MSN, NE-BC, Director of Patient Care on A6, C$ and the Float Pool. In addition the following employees were honored as well: Brian Bembry of the Operating Room was honored as a member of 1199J, and awards were also presented to Brenda Gibson, Frieda Hester and Bonita Hickman.

In addition to the awards, Morris Cohen, MD, Director of Neonatal Medicine, also spoke his experiences growing up in South Africa and his eventual move to the United States. Chief Operating Officer at NBIMC and CHoNJ thanked the honorees for “leading by example,” in bringing the best to The Beth and providing the best to the community.” Also joining in the Salute to Nelson Mandela were Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, Marc E. Berson, Chairman of the Board of NBIMC and CHoNJ and Michellene Davis, Esq, Senior Vice President of Barnabas Health.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital with more than 800 physicians, 3,000 employees and 100 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of 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.

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. To learn more, visit us on line at www.newarkbeth.com

Contact: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
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