Newswise — Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce that four of its team members have been honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) at the NJAAP’s 9th Annual New Jersey Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to New Jersey’s Children.
“I am proud to congratulate our esteemed team members on their significant and well-deserved recognition,” said Robert C. Garrett, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “They fully embody our mission to transform health care and serve as leaders of positive change.”
Susan Mautone, M.D., FAAP, a pediatric hospitalist at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, associate professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and program director of the Hackensack University Medical Center Pediatric Residency, was recognized as Pediatrician of the Year.
The Champions of Children Award was presented to: Raymond Hanbury, Ph.D., ABPP, chief psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and program director, Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative Program, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University; Steven Kairys, M.D., MPH, FAAP, chair, Department of Pediatrics at the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, founding chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University; and Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., founding chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, and professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. They were recognized for their leadership of the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative at Hackensack Meridian Health.
“This exceptional group of health care providers leads by example, making a positive impact and a meaningful difference in the lives of the children and their families in our care,” Judy Aschner, M.D., clinical director, Children’s Care Transformation Service at Hackensack Meridian Health, physician-in-chief, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D., Ph.D. chair, Department of Pediatrics. “I am grateful for these essential team members and for their important contributions.”
According to the NJAAP, the honorees were selected because their care, support, and advocacy have made a genuine difference in the lives of children and families in New Jersey. All proceeds benefitted NJAAP programs that improve the health, safety, and well-being of all children across the state. In addition, NJAAP will dedicate $10,000 of the funds raised to support mental health initiatives.
Over the past four years, with funding from the NJ Department of Children and Families, Hackensack Meridian Health, along with partners Cooper University Health Care, Atlantic Health System, and St. Peter’s University Hospital, has successfully established the Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative, through eight regional hubs across 20 counties in New Jersey, spanning the north, central, and southern parts of the state. A ninth Hub, in Essex County, managed by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, ensures every county has improved access to pediatric mental/behavioral health care.
The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, a state-designated children’s hospital, is a leader in research, innovation and quality, providing top-notch medical and surgical pediatric care, delivering state-of-the-art, patient- and family-centered care in 30 specialties. Its Children’s Cancer Institute is the largest pediatric cancer program in New Jersey, offering the only bone marrow transplant program in the state, participating in the groundbreaking immunotherapy program CAR-T cell therapy as a member of a network of certified treatment centers.
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 include 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 34,100 team members, and 6,500 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 10 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/2018” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 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