The Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center has been established at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center with Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, appointed Director. The Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center will combine the existing Heart and Lung Transplant Programs at Newark Beth Israel under one new state-of-the-art facility, continue to increase access to transplant in New Jersey and beyond, and expand the programs’ commitment to clinical research.
The new Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center was introduced on Monday night at the center’s first major fund raising event that was held at the New York City premier of The Weinstein Company film Silver Linings Playbook. Several celebrities who appear in Silver Linings Playbook attended the reception including: Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker along with film Director David O. Russell. Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company and David Glasser, COO of International for The Weinstein Company, joined Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health; Marc E. Berson, Chairman of the Board of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; Dr. Zucker; and more than 250 healthcare professionals and generous supporters.
“We look forward to working with Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company to expand and build upon our current transplant program for patients statewide, as well as throughout the region and nation,” said Dr. Brennan. “Dr. Zucker is a proven leader in excellence in transplantation and has developed a world class transplant center.”
Mark J. Zucker, MD has served for 24 years as Director of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility. Under his leadership, the heart transplant program now ranks third largest in the nation, performing more than 725 heart transplants, 70 lung transplants and 350 ventricular assist device implants since 1989.
“Newark Beth Israel’s internationally renowned heart transplant center and the famed Weinstein Company create an exceptional alliance that will serve many who need this extraordinary treatment,” said Mr. Ostrowsky. “We look forward to a long and productive partnership.”
The Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center will continue Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s long tradition in the field of transplant medicine and improve its ability to provide the evaluation, advanced treatment and follow-up care for people across the region that choose the transplant option.
“It has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company. “Today we were able to extend the lens further by shedding light on something important to Georgina and me – heart transplantation. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, as one of the top three heart transplant programs in the country with great outcomes, is that silver lining heart transplant patients need for quality and longevity of life.”
Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, Director
One of the world’s leading experts in the field of heart transplant, Dr. Zucker recently completed a two-year term as Chair of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Thoracic Organ Transplant Committee and Heart Subcommittee. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the American College of Cardiology Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline initiative. From 2006 through 2009 he served as President and Governor of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and as the Board of Governors representative to the national ACC Subcommittee on Heart Failure and Transplantation. In addition, Dr. Zucker has served as a Board member or Advisory Board member for the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network for 20 years.
In addition to being home to one of the nation’s leading heart transplant centers, Newark Beth Israel is the state’s only lung transplant center. Led by Sean Studer, MD, MSC, the program offers the ultimate treatment option to people with chronic end stage lung disease such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
According to the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, which maintains the national database of transplant statistics and supports the scientific and clinical evaluation of organ transplantation, both the Heart and Lung Transplant Programs have consistently achieved patient survival rates that meet or exceed national benchmarks. For the last two years, the Heart and Lung Transplant Programs were awarded the Bronze Level by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Donation and Transplant Community of Practice. This award recognizes programs that improve the success of transplantation and increase organ donation and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center was one of only two hospitals in the Northeast to earn this recognition.
The Heart and Lung Transplant Programs’ outstanding reputations have made Newark Beth Israel Medical Center a principle site for groundbreaking clinical research. In addition to the most advanced medical and surgical treatments, patients have access to clinical trials of breakthrough medications and therapies. For more than 20 years, the Heart Transplant Program has offered the latest generation of ventricular assist devices and is now participating in research in an innovative method for preserving donor organs and cardiac stem cell research that may someday help the heart heal itself. The Lung Transplant team is part of a prestigious National Institutes of Health clinical study that is aimed at detecting and preventing organ rejection.
About The Weinstein Company
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as Scream, Spy Kids and Scary Movie. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. TWC releases took home eight 2012 Academy Awards®, the most wins in the studio’s history. The tally included Best Picture for Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist and Best Documentary Feature for TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay’s Undefeated. The Artist brought TWC its second consecutive Best Picture statuette following the 2011 win for Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech.
TWC is also active in television production, led by former Miramax Films President of Production and current President of Television Meryl Poster, with credits including the Emmy® nominated and Peabody Award winning reality series Project Runway, spin-off series Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory, the VH1 reality series Mob Wives, spin-off series Big Ang and Mob Wives: Chicago, and the critically acclaimed HBO comedy/crime series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency which also received a Peabody Award. The company is currently in pre-production on the martial-arts epic Marco Polo for Starz. TWC additionally has 17 series in different stages of development, including The Nanny Diaries, being adapted for ABC by Amy Sherman Palladino (Gilmore Girls).
Date: November 15, 2012
Contact: Caren Malone
Public Relations Department
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