OLD BRIDGE, NJ – December 21, 2020 Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to announce that Melissa Magyar has joined as executive director of Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation.

“Melissa brings an impressive fundraising background to her role at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation,” says Joyce P. Hendricks, chief development officer, network philanthropy, Hackensack Meridian Health. “I am so glad to welcome her to the foundation, and I am confident that she will continue to grow the organization to the benefit of the medical center and community.”

Most recently, Magyar served as director of campaigns at Englewood Health Foundation, the foundation at which she first launched her fundraising career. Although she left in 2017 after a long tenure with increasing responsibilities, Melissa was enticed to return by a “can’t miss opportunity” to develop the plan, timeline, milestones and goals of the organization’s first comprehensive campaign, a $100 million undertaking. In this role, she served as liaison to the steering committee, developing solicitation strategies, working with hospital administration, key prospects and trustees, while managing a portfolio of prospects.

In between her two terms at Englewood Health Foundation, Magyar held the position of director of development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Institute for Health. In addition to her fundraising responsibilities, Magyar led a variety of programs and donor engagement activities, including overseeing the Grateful Patient and Family program, and orchestrating physician, faculty and donor events.

“Melissa’s leadership and fundraising expertise will be a wonderful asset to the foundation team at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation,” says Andrew Citron, chair, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. “The Raritan Bay community has been such dedicated supporters of our foundation, and I look forward to working with Melissa to raise funds that will further benefit our communities, particularly the new Emergency Department currently under construction on the Old Bridge campus.

Magyar will work closely with Citron, as well as Raritan Bay Medical Center chief hospital executive, Tom Shanahan, and other hospital administrators, to drive fundraising initiatives for key hospital services and projects, including the new Old Bridge Emergency Department.  

“Raritan Bay Medical Center has a rich history of providing quality and compassionate care to its surrounding communities in Central New Jersey and I look forward to leading its fundraising efforts,” says Magyar. “I warmly welcome the opportunity to partner with the foundation’s board of trustees, hospital leadership and local community to support the medical center’s programs and initiatives as it continues to provide the exceptional care patients deserve.”

Magyar joins the foundation as Meridian Health Foundation looks to strongly close out its capital fundraising campaign. Called Giving Heals, the campaign focuses on four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

To learn about how you can make a gift to Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation or to the Giving Heals campaign, please call 732-324-5374 or visit Giving Heals.


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 36,000 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 of its hospitals are among the top hospitals in New Jersey for 2020-21, according to U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, the health system has more top-ranked hospitals than any system in New Jersey. Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States and earned top 50 rankings in the annual U.S. News’ 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals 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, 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. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions.

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.

To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.