TOMS RIVER, NJ – Since its inception in 1961, Community Medical Center has been growing and expanding to serve the health care needs of the Toms River region and beyond. Now, in anticipation of its 50th anniversary in 2011, Community Medical Center is doing something to give back to its own community.
Stephanie L. Bloom, Executive Director of Community Medical Center, said, “Community Medical Center is almost five decades old. In that time, we’ve worked with a lot of organizations, treated millions of patients and created a lasting legacy in Toms River. When we decided to do something for the community that has done so much for us, we knew instantly that we wanted to work with the Toms River Police Department.”
After reaching out to Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy, Bloom said the hospital decided to create a fundraiser to help purchase a new police dog. “We dubbed our fundraiser ‘Cash for a K-9’ and our goal is to raise $5,000.”
On Tuesday, December 7, Chief Mastronarday, along with Sergeant James Reilly, his K-9 Thunder, and Sergeant Bob Rankin visited Community Medical Center to help kick off the week-long fundraising campaign.
For a set price, Community Medical Center employees could order a special lunch of pizza, chicken wings and soda. Proceeds from the purchase of food, along with tips and personal donations all went to the Cash for a K-9 fund. Chief Mastronardy, Sergeants Reilly and Rankin, along with Thunder, then delivered lunch to the employees in departments throughout the hospital.
Teri Kubiel, Administrative Director of Emergency Services, said more than a dozen pizzas were delivered to employees of the Emergency Department, who all enjoyed seeing Thunder come through the door.
According to Sergeant Reilly, the Toms River Police Department currently has five K-9s on the force. Thunder is 9 years old, and will be retiring in 2012. During his career, Thunder has assisted with narcotic investigations, missing persons cases and more. Although menacing and tough on the outside, Thunder seemed to enjoy visiting with employees in the hospital, many whom came up to say hello.
Bloom said, “Community Medical Center and the Toms River Police Department have a long history of working together. Whenever we have needed their assistance, they have been here for us. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to give something back to them.”
By the end of the day, the hospital had raised $3,800 towards their $5,000 goal. Donations from employees will be accepted until the end of the week. Donations from the public are also being accepted through the Community Medical Center Foundation. To make a donation to Cash for K-9, contact the Foundation at (732) 557-8131 or on the web at www.cmc-foundation.org. Checks can be mailed c/o the Foundation, 99 Highway 37 West, Toms River, NJ 08755.
Once the new K-9 joins the Toms River Police Department, Bloom said he/she and his handler will be invited back so employees can meet and help name the new dog. “We look forward to meeting the new K-9, and are grateful for all of the work they do to keep our community safe,” she said.
Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy delivers pizza to Community Medical Center employees during the hospital's Cash for K-9 fundraiser. The chief is joined by Frank Gelormini, Chief Operating Officer at Community Medical Center, Toms River Police Sgt. James Reilly and his K-9 Thunder.
December 9, 2010
Kristine A. Brown
Director of Public Relations
Saint Barnabas Health Care System
Community, Kimball & Monmouth Medical Centers
PH: (732) 557-3902
Cell: (732) 996-2287
FX: (732) 557-3901
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