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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center President Is Selected Grand Marshal of Newark’s 79th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

03/04/2014

NEWARK, New Jersey – March 4, 2014 – John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health, has been selected Grand Marshal of Newark’s 79th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He is joined by Deputy Grand Marshal Marion O’Neill, Manager, Corporate Contributions at PSEG. The parade and festivities will be observed on Friday, March 14, 2014.

L to R: Honorable Luis A. Quintana, Mayor, City of Newark, and John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health

L to R: Honorable Luis A. Quintana, Mayor, City of Newark, and John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health

“I am humbled and honored by the invitation to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For 79 years, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Committee have done an extraordinary job recognizing and celebrating Irish heritage and raising money to benefit programs and people in Newark,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health and President and Chief Executive Officer at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Dr. Brennan continued, “As Grand Marshal, I am proud to represent my ancestors, my wife, Mary Beth and my children, Kelly, Matt and Colleen. I am equally proud to represent the Barnabas Health family for this special event.”

In addition to his role as president and chief executive officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of New Jersey, Brennan also serves as executive vice president of Barnabas Health. He is a parishioner of St. Matthew the Apostle Parish. A resident of Randolph, he is married with three children with family roots in Counties Dublin and Kilkenny, Ireland.

The Newark Parade day includes Mass, breakfast, Reviewing Stand Ceremonies at noon at Four Gateway Center, 100 Mulberry Street and finally the parade at 1 p.m. The parade is dedicated to Rev. Deacon Francis P. McQuade, PhD, JD, SThM, LLM, KSS, KM – Professor of Law Emeritus at Seton Hall University School of Law, former Essex County Counsel, and Counsel Emeritus of the Parade Committee.

“We are honored to have Dr. John Brennan and Marion O’Neill lead the Newark St. Patrick’s Day Parade into its 79th year as both have distinguished themselves within their professions,” said Michael D. Byrne, general chairman, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Inc. “Newark was the epicenter of Irish-American life in New Jersey. A high concentration of the Irish-American immigrants first settled in Newark. As they continued spread out throughout the state, parades were established in other areas. But Newark is the original and it is still the best. We know that Irish-Americans from across New Jersey will come out to support and celebrate this important tradition.”

According to Michael D. Byrne, General Chairman of the Parade Committee, the parade route from Prudential Center along Mulberry Street, past Four Gateway Center, NJPAC, Military Park, Broad Street, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral and ending in front of the Newark Museum and Washington Park.

The week begins with Irish Heritage Week and includes a food drive for St. John’s Soup Kitchen, a restaurant week promotion for restaurants along the Parade route; and Irish Heritage Night at the Prudential Center with the New Jersey Devils. Festivities also include the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day High School Band Competition, sponsored by the Star Ledger. There will also be an Irish History Presentation entitled, “What We Can Learn from the Experience of the Irish Immigrants” for students of the Archdiocese at the Newark Public Library at 10:30 a.m. on Parade Day.

This year’s parade beneficiaries are the Barnabas Health Burn Center, the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, and the Newark Museum. To find out more, see Dr. Brennan with host Steve Adubato on CaucusNJ Monday, March 10th @7pm and11:30pm on NJTV, Thursday, March 13th @5:30pm on WHYY, 7pm on NJTV. Also on http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/one-on-one-with-steve-adubato/

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
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