Newswise — Edison, NJ – December 19, 2019 – Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce two of the network’s foundations have been included in the 2019 High Performer’s list, provided from the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP): Meridian Health Foundation (which encompasses six Hackensack Meridian Health foundations in the central and southern region, including Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation – which also raises funds for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Riverview Medical Center Foundation, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation) and Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation (which also raises funds for Carrier Clinic and oversees Palisades Medical Center Foundation).
AHP has recognized 72 U.S. and 10 Canadian philanthropic organizations as high-performing fundraisers in the healthcare industry for fiscal year 2018. These organizations are primarily foundations affiliated with nonprofit hospitals or health systems that were surveyed for AHP’s 2019 Report on Giving, which provides key industry benchmarks for health care fundraisers.
High performers are defined as those organizations who represent the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns for a given category. In the “High Performers: Overall” group, the largest category of the year, these high performers reached the top 25 percent out of all responding institutions, meaning they raised more than $16.0 million in the U.S. and more than $10 million in Canada.
New to this year’s award, AHP also recognized those organizations representing the top 25 percent in net fundraising returns per each entity type they reported for. This included systems, community hospitals, and teaching hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada. For more information and to view the full list of 2019 high performers, visit www.ahp.org/highperformers.
“We are thrilled to recognize a record number of high performers this year,” said Alice Ayres, president and CEO of AHP. “The change in criteria allowed us to continue to award those outstanding achievements of our members supporting larger scale communities, but also to call out those working within smaller facilities that are producing the same level of exceptional work. We’re eager to see where their performance carries them in 2020.”
“Being recognized by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy as a “High Performer” is a tremendous honor,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer of Meridian Health Foundation. “We pride ourselves in being able to raise necessary funds while being efficient and effective.”
A total of 212 U.S. and 35 Canadian institutions submitted data on their fiscal year 2018 philanthropic activities, with response rates of 24.5 and 26.5 percent, respectively.
“Thanks to a dedicated board, the generosity of our benefactors and our team of talented development professionals, we are again honored to receive this acknowledgement,” says Helen Cunning, president and chief development officer of Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “Being recognized is a great honor and reinforces our commitment to our core mission of being good stewards of the gifts that donors entrust to us.”
AHP has sponsored the annual Report on Giving for 35 years and has released the 2019 Report on Giving this week. To learn more about the Report on Giving or purchase this year’s edition, visit www.ahp.org/reportongiving.
The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy was established in 1967 and represents nearly 4,500 development professionals at 1,900 nonprofit hospitals, medical centers, health systems, and related facilities internationally. To learn more, visit www.ahp.org.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.
Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.
Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.