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
“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
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
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