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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey Hold 13th Annual Partners in Progress Awards Dinner

05/11/2017

Honoring Individuals and Institutions Dedicated to the City of Newark


NEWARK, NJ (May 10, 2017) — On Tuesday, May 9, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey hosted its 13th Annual Celebrating Newark: Partners in Progress awards dinner at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The annual dinner and awards ceremony honors individuals and institutions who have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to a healthier Newark. This year, proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Hire Newark: Employment Ready Boot Camp program, an initiative of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope initiative, created in partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health.

Newark’s Renaissance Business Partners, a select group of Newark business owners who have each made personal commitments to creating economic opportunities for Newark residents, received the Marc E. Berson Community Award.

NBI Partners in Progress 2017

From left to right: Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Denise Acquaye and Robert Acquaye, founding partners of FASTSIGNS of Newark; Emma A. Massey, Vice President of Massey Insurance Agency; Antonio Matinho, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Luso-Americano Newspaper; Khalif Thomas, owner and founder of Rock Ya Sock, LLC; Kiburi Tucker, dedicated to the revitalization of Newark's inner neighborhoods; and Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health (photos courtesy of Newark Beth Israel)


Francis J. Giantomasi, Esq., a recognized leader in planning, zoning and development law in New Jersey; Vice Chair Newark Beth Israel Board of Trustees and Chair of the Board’s subcommittee on quality and safety received the Corporate Award for his pivotal role in the redevelopment of Newark.

NBI Partners in Progress 2017

From left to right: Francis J. Giantomasi, Esq., member of the firm Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC; Vice Chair, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey with Marc Berson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health; Chair Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey; and Chairman, The Fidelco Group (photos courtesy of Newark Beth Israel)

Dr. Peri Kamalakar Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel and Medical Director of The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Newark Beth Israel received the Medical Program Award. Dr. Kamalakar has been caring for some of the most seriously ill and vulnerable children in New Jersey for more than 30 years.

NBI Partners in Progress 2017

From left to right: Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health; Marc Berson, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, RWJBarnabas Health; Chair Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey; Dr. Peri Kamalakar, Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel and Medical Director of The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Newark Beth Israel; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (photos courtesy of Newark Beth Israel)

“It is always an honor and a privilege to celebrate our community leaders, partners and physicians. Together we are raising the bar when it comes to providing quality patient care, specialty medical services, and improving the economic, social and physical health of the community that we serve,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Newark’s Renaissance Business Partners Awardees:
Robert and Denise Acquaye, founding partners of FASTSIGNS of Newark. They are accomplished executives who worked for some of the most distinguished publishing and Fortune 100 companies. This Center was a new start-up that opened its doors October 2012 and has quickly risen to one of the fastest growing in the nation among more than 600 centers.

Emma A. Massey is recognized as a notable New Jersey business leader. She serves as Vice President of Massey Insurance Agency which has been located in Newark since 1975 where the company has thrived due to its steadfast commitment to the city.

Antonio Matinho is the publisher and editor-in-chief of The Luso-Americano Newspaper of Newark, New Jersey, the largest and most consequential Portuguese-American newspaper in the United States, which has been published since 1928. He assumed the role in 1979 and is looking forward to the news publication celebrating its 89th anniversary with subscribers in the United States and abroad.

Khalif Thomas, an HVAC engineer at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center who also runs a custom sock design business called “Rock Ya Sock, LLC.” Mr. Thomas has secured a three-month pilot contract to provide socks to all patients at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.

Kiburi Tucker, a lifelong resident of the City of Newark NJ, who has been dedicated to the revitalization and development of Newark’s inner neighborhoods. With over a decade of communication and marketing experience his career encompasses the private and public sector.

Partners in Progress, is Newark Beth Israel’s most celebrated fundraising event. Every year, approximately 500 business, community and medical leaders from the Greater Newark area come together to promote the advancement of Newark, New Jersey. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hire Newark Job Readiness Boot Camp program, an initiative of Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s city-wide Centers of Hope, created in partnership with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and RWJBarnabas Health. The Hire Newark program addresses one of the primary social determinants of health by helping to create economic growth for the City of Newark. It not only provides job training but uniquely ensures job opportunity for each program graduate as well.


To support Partners in Progress or learn how you can support Newark Beth Israel Medical Center www.newarkbethgiving.org

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top five heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements (TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness in the community.

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