Newswise — Red Bank, NJ – December 3, 2020 – Todd Shellenberger has joined as executive director of Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Foundation. Shellenberger fills the role vacated by Jennifer Smith, who left to head the Foundation of Morristown Medical Center as chief development officer. 

“Riverview Medical Center will benefit tremendously from Todd’s expansive development career, which spans more than 13 years,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer of the Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation, to which Riverview Medical Center Foundation belongs. “I am so pleased that he chose to join the foundation and know that under his leadership and experience, the organization will continue to hit and exceed its fundraising goals, which ultimately, benefits Riverview Medical Center and the community.” 

In his most recent role, Shellenberger was vice president of development for Make-A-Wish America, a position he held for five years, and in which he led a national development team to grow revenue by more than 51 percent. Prior to that, Shellenberger was vice president of development at Make-A-Wish, New Jersey where he helped that chapter become a fundraising leader of the 60 national chapters. 

“I look forward to working with Todd and expanding upon Riverview Medical Center Foundation’s fundraising success,” says Steve Scopellite, chair, Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. “The community surrounding Riverview Medical Center are great supporters of the foundation and I know that Todd will help to inspire them to continue their support of this great local medical center.” 

Shellenberger’s first priority will be to help Riverview Medical Center Foundation finish the year as strongly as possible, as the organization, in conjunction with Meridian Health Foundation, looks to 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.

“Riverview Medical Center has a wonderful reputation and I am excited to lead its fundraising efforts” says Shellenberger. “I have been warmly welcomed and look forward to partnering with the board of trustees, hospital leadership and the community to ensure that the medical center has the top-notch services and technology its patients deserve and expect.” 

Shellenberger lives in Upper Freehold with his wife Nicole and their three children. 

To learn about how you can make a gift to Riverview Medical Center or to the Giving Heals campaign, please call 732-751-5115 or visit



Riverview Medical Center is a 462-bed not-for-profit community hospital located on the Navesink River in Red Bank, New Jersey. Riverview Medical Center provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines including: maternity, surgical services, emergency and cancer services. The Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center offers comprehensive cancer services close to home, while Riverview’s Jane H. Booker Women’s Center combines expertise and convenience to address preventative health, diagnosis, treatment, and support for women of all ages. 

Riverview Rehabilitation Center is Monmouth County’s only fully-accredited inpatient rehabilitation facility, and Riverview Medical Center is a designated Primary Stroke Center and has also maintained prestigious Magnet designation for Nursing Excellence since 1998. Riverview Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with the groundbreaking CyberKnife® system, offering a state-of-the-art alternative to surgery for some patients who have inoperable or surgically complex tumors. For more information about Riverview Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Health, please call 844-HMH-WELL or visit



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. 

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