Following the official 50th Anniversary ceremony Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and Chief Operating Officer, Barnabas Health; Toms River Mayor and Vice Chair of the Barnabas Health Board, Thomas Kelaher; and Stephanie Bloom, Executive Director, Community Medical Center, reviewed a joint proclamation from the New Jersey Legislature that was presented to the hospital.
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey, October 14, 2011 - Nearly 700 people celebrated Community Medical Center's (CMC) 50th Anniversary on Sunday, September 25 including Barnabas Health officials, legislative leaders, members of the Medical Staff, Trustees and employees along with community members. The highlight of the event was a ceremony, emceed by Stephanie Bloom, Executive Director, which included a historical video about CMC and its growth over the years. To view the video, visit www.barnabashealth.org and select Community Medical Center.
Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and Chief Operating Officer, Barnabas Health, was among the distinguished group of speakers. As he spoke to the assembled crowd, Mr. Ostrowsky pledged his continued support of Community Medical Center. He acknowledged CMC’s importance when the Saint Barnabas Health Care System was formed in 1996, and looked forward with great anticipation and confidence to working with the CMC Board of Trustees, Medical Staff and Management Team as part of Barnabas Health.
Toms River Mayor and Vice Chair of the Barnabas Health Board of Trustees, Thomas Kelaher, was also in attendance, and presented his unique perspective of CMC over the past 50 years and lauded the medical staff, nurses and ancillary staff for achieving national awards for quality care.
Dr. Sripad Dhawlikar, president of the Medical Staff, Thomas Hourigan, Treasurer of the CMC Board, Dr. John Pino, member of the Medical Staff, Judy Schmidt, president of the CMC Auxiliary Association, and Toms River Councilman Gregory McGuckin and Brick Councilman John Catalano also addressed the audience.
In closing Stephanie Bloom spoke of the Medical Staff and employees as the backbone of the hospital. “The physicians and staff who work here are truly amazing; they are caring and skilled professionals. They care for some of the oldest patients in the nation, they help new families begin their lives together, they provide lifesaving emergency care, and they help patients and families make difficult end of life decisions. I hope they all know how important and significant they are to the health care we provide.”
In addition to the ceremony, guests participated in a health fair that was like a walk through time. The entire Outpatient Lobby was transformed into a historical and medical retrospective. Decade specific displays depicted the dress, music and cultural themes of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and present day. Old and new medical technology and equipment were on display and health screenings and tours were available.
About Community Medical Center
Community Memorial Hospital, as it was first known, opened on September 15, 1961 with 50 beds, 15 physicians on staff and 90 employees. Today, Community Medical Center has transformed into a regional medical center and the largest non-teaching hospital in New Jersey with 592 beds, over 670 physicians on staff and 2,900 employees.
September 16, 2011
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