Newswise — Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation is pleased to invite the community to attend the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Reception on Friday, May 11, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Grand Marquis in Old Bridge. Formerly known as the Harbor Lights Ball, the new format features cocktail-style flow, no formal table assignments, a delicious menu with an array of hors d’oeuvres and stations, music and dancing, 50/50 raffle and black tie optional attire. This premier fundraising event will benefit enhanced emergency services at Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge.

“Exciting things are progressing at Raritan Bay Medical Center,” shared Michael R. D’Agnes, FACHE, president of Raritan Bay Medical Center. “The upcoming Reception provides a wonderful opportunity for people in our community to learn more about the future of the medical center, and support growth that will have a profound impact on the care provided.”

Since becoming part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family in 2016, Raritan Bay Medical Center, with philanthropic support from the community, has already made significant advancements. Most recently, the medical center added the latest in robotic technology to its surgical services with the da Vinci Xi, the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical system currently available. Plans to enhance emergency services is one of the next big steps that will greatly improve the environment and experience for patients. More details about plans to enhance emergency services will be shared at the event.

The Raritan Bay Medical Center Reception is chaired by Stacey Citron, Stacey Hernandez and Jessica Smith, who also serves as a Foundation trustee. There are many opportunities for individuals, organizations and corporations to sponsor the event and place ads in the program. For more information on how to support the Raritan Bay Medical Center Reception, or to receive a formal invitation, contact executive director of Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Linda Hill, PharmD, at 732-324-5374 or email [email protected]. Online registration is also available at

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 16 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; 11 community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." 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. 

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