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Saint Barnabas Medical Center's Isabel Medeiros Receives Star of Essex County Award

07/25/2016

Isabel Medeiros, Physician Community Liaison at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, along with Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., and others at the 2016 Essex County Portuguese Heritage Celebration

Isabel Medeiros, Physician Community Liaison at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), was presented with a Star of Essex Award by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., as part of the 2016 Essex County Portuguese Heritage Celebration held on June 21. Ms. Medeiros was recognized for her many positive contributions to New Jersey – especially in Essex County.

“Essex County has been shaped and developed by the various cultures and ethnicities of the people who have lived and worked here. Celebrating the heritage of our neighbors will help us understand and embrace our diversity,” Mr. DiVincenzo said. He recognized Ms. Medeiros for having made many positive contributions to the cultural, civic and educational history in Essex County.

Ms. Medeiros has been a patient navigator and community liaison at SBMC since May 2008. She is the catalyst for the Friends of Saint Barnabas and their annual golf outing, which celebrated its 8th anniversary on June 20 at Brooklake Country Club, Florham Park. Over the years, the Friends of Saint Barnabas have raised more than $200,000 to benefit the Cancer and Breast Centers.

Prior to joining SBMC , she served as a community advocate at Saint James Hospital, in Newark’s Ironbound, for more than 20 years. During her tenure, she was instrumental in raising $1 million in honor of the hospital’s centennial in 2000; promoted health and wellness with her TV show, “Health is Life;” and worked closely with the medical staff, emergency department and the outpatient clinics to promote access to affordable and appropriate care.

To this day, Ms. Medeiros is the person to whom the community turns in times of health crisis. She is known for her middle of the night trips accompanying community members to the Emergency Room and for generously publicizing her phone number so she is always on call.

At the event, Ms. Medeiros, who enjoys assisting her patients and especially her grandchildren, Luis, Spencer and Tyler, said, “Thank you for giving me this award. I love what I do and I really enjoy helping people.”

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