Every year during the holiday season, there are countless examples of goodwill toward others, and for Monmouth Medical Center, 2010 was no exception.
The holiday season marked the 11th consecutive year that Monmouth was fortunate enough to benefit from an annual Christmas day pilgrimage to bring toys to hospitalized children, courtesy of a toy drive organized by the Colts Neck community.
Each Christmas since 1999, surgeon Stephen Chagares, M.D., and his wife, Marianne, and a host of family members and friends, have been bringing donated toys to The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center. Dr. Chagares donned a Santa Claus suit and white beard to distribute toys donated by these longtime supporters of the holiday toy drive: Colts Neck residents Dr. and Mrs. Robert Tomaro Jr. and family and Dr. and Mrs. Alan Zaccaria and family, the Colts Neck Women’s Club, Beacon Planning and Consulting Services/Andrew and Colleen Janiw and The Casa Luca Foundation — two Colts Neck-based organizations.
“We thank Dr. Chagares for his generosity of spirit and for so selflessly thinking of others — harkening the true spirit of the holiday season,” says Monmouth Medical Center Executive Director Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS. “And we are so grateful to the members of the Colts Neck community who once again came together to make this possible.”
Dr. Vozos notes that for Monmouth Medical Center, 2010 also was a year where its connection to the Colts Neck community deepened, as physicians and staff gathered with local dignitaries last fall to dedicate a facility that offers Western Monmouth County residents convenient access to the hospital’s renowned Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center.
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Colts Neck, which is located at located at 310 Route 34 in Colts Neck, began seeing patients on October 18 — during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We’re extremely proud to open the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Colts Neck,” Dr. Vozos told the crowd gathered for the dedication. “I’m honored that Deputy Mayor James Schatzle and Committeeman Jarrett R. Engel were able to join us this evening and we look forward to building a strong relationship with the Township of Colts Neck.”
The Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center, which was introduced in 1994 to bring together under one roof all preventive, diagnostic, treatment, rehabilitation, psychosocial and educational services for women concerned about their breast health, was modeled after the nation's most highly regarded breast centers. It is equipped with the most technologically advanced systems, offering a comprehensive array of preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services. Most recently, the breast center introduced BSGI, or Breast Specific Gamma Imaging, which is the newest technique to identify cancerous lesions in the breast, particularly in women who were previously difficult to diagnose.
Dr. Chagares, who specializes in general, laparoscopic and breast surgery, also serves as a member of the medical team for its nationally recognized Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center.
To learn more about the breast center, or for a referral to a breast specialist, call 1-888-724-7123.
Surgeon Stephen Chagares, M.D., a.k.a. Santa Claus, visited children hospitalized at The Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center on Christmas Day — delivering presents and holiday cheer. He is shown here with family and friends, including top row, left to right: Matt BomTempo, Mary Heleotis, Donna Heleotis and Ricky Brogley, and bottom row, left to right: Marianne Maggs Chagares, Samantha Fitzgerald and Julie Maggs.
January 21 , 2011
CONTACT: Kristine Brown
Director of Public Relations at
[ top ] [ back to
News Index ]