Annual Humanism Awards, July 2017


HFNJ PRESENTS 2017 LESTER Z. LIEBERMAN AWARDS FOR HUMANISM IN HEALTHCARE On July 17, 2017, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey celebrated its 20th Anniversary at its Annual Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Awards Event.  Two hundred fifty colleagues and guests were in attendance as 38 individuals and all former Leadership and Legacy Award winners were honored by the Foundation. mcgrath_humanism Dr. Nicole McGrath, DDS, Founder and CEO of the KinderSmile Foundation, Receives 2017 Leadership Award. This year’s Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare was presented to Dr. Nicole McGrath, DDS, whose passion for children’s health has propelled her since her school days to provide oral care for low income, underserved children.  In 2007, Dr. McGrath established the KinderSmile Foundation and assembled a team of over 200 volunteer dentists to provide free care for kids.  Together they have served over 30,000 children and partnered with more than 30 schools and community organizations to provide access and treatment.  In 2016, Dr. McGrath founded the KinderSmile Community Oral Health Center in Bloomfield.  There she and her team provide free dental care to needy, uninsured kids, and free dental care to perinatal moms during their pregnancy and for the first year of their children’s lives if they agree to take classes about caring for the oral health of their children. The Healthcare Foundation is proud and privileged to honor Dr. McGrath and present her with its 2017 Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award for Humanism in Healthcare. past_winners_cakepast_winners Former Lester Z. Lieberman Leadership Award Honorees recognized by HFNJ As part of the evening’s celebration, HFNJ invited all of its previous Leadership and Legacy honorees to attend, be recognized once again, and light candles on the Foundation’s cake to symbolize the light that each brings to their patients and to the cause of motivating others to practice humanistic healthcare.  Honorees who were present lit candles on behalf of their colleagues who had passed away or were unable to attend.  They are: 2003    Melvin Wallerstein* – Founder, Grotta Fund for Senior Care 2004    Stuart Cook, MD – Past President, UMDNJ 2005    Arnold Gold, MD & Sandra Gold, PhD – Founders, Arnold P. Gold Foundation 2006    Dorian Wilson, MD – Director, Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism & Medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School 2007    Riki E. Jacobs, Esq.* – Executive Director, Hyacinth AIDS  Foundation 2008    Theresa Redling, MD – Gerontologist, RWJ Barnabas Health 2009    Lester Z. Lieberman, PE* – Past Board Chair, Newark Beth Israel MC & Founder, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey              Gloria McNeal, PhD – Dean, School of Health & Human Services, National Univ. 2010    Richard S. Panush, MD – Keck Medicine, Univ. of Southern California 2011    Alice J. Cohen, MD, Director, Frederick B. Cohen Cancer Center, Newark Beth Israel MC             Frederick B. Cohen, MD – Founder, Frederick B. Cohen Cancer Center 2012    Cherie Castellano, MA, CSW, AAETS, LPC – Founder/Director, Mom2Mom, Cop2Cop, Vets4Warriors, and other programs at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Center 2013    Joshua D. Schor, MD – Medical Director, Daughters of Israel 2014    Hosseinali Shahidi, MD – Asst. Prof., Rutgers NJ Medical School and Chief of Community Medicine & Public Health Co-founder, Rutgers Community Health Worker Project             Cindy Sickora, DPN, RN – Executive Director, School of Nursing Univ. of Texas Co-Founder,  Rutgers Community Health Worker Project             George Heinrich, MD – Dean of Admissions, Rutgers NJ Medical School, Vice Chair/CEO, New Jersey Health Foundation 2015    Michele Elkins, MD, PhD – Medical Director, Overlook Hospital Geriatric Services              Lester M. Bornstein, MPH – Past President, Newark Beth Israel MC, Founding Trustee, HFNJ 2016    Thomas Krever – CEO/Founder, The Hetrick-Martin Institute They were joined by Nicole McGrath, DDS, this year’s Leadership Award honoree. *Deceased   humanism_group 38 Others Receive Community Awards for Compassionate Interactions  with Patients, Families, and Colleagues Each year the Foundation honors healthcare employees, nursing and medical students, and nursing faculty in the greater Newark region.  Nominated by their peers, these special workers are models of selflessness, empathy, and cultural sensitivity. This year 38 honorees were feted by 250 guests at the Foundation’s July 17th awards dinner.  We are proud to list them here:
Agency/Institution:         Honoree:
Broadway House for Continuing Care Marvean Dixon-Phillips, RN
Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey Denise Campbell, House Manager
Children’s Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Celeste Johnson, Unit Clerk, Pediatrics Colleen McQueen, RN
Children’s Specialized Hospital Cathleen Cahill, APN
Clara Maass Medical Center Jose Fernandez, Director of Radiology Tracy Thompson, Unit Clerk, Emergency Department
Daughters of Israel Gail Browne, CAN
JESPY House Lisa Jasinski, CSW, Shared Housing Supervisor
Jewish Family Service of Central NJ Nicholas Pepice, LSW
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ Suzanne Berman, Director of Volunteer Services
Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled Shila Baidoo, Residential Aide
Jewish Vocational Services of MetroWest NJ Janet Sewell, Job Placement Counsellor
Morristown Medical Center Dana Eke-Okoro, LCSW Teresa Esposito, Nurse Educator Navigator
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Martha Diaz, CPCS, Credentialing Specialist Will Thomas, RN
Newark Community Health Centers Jean Bien Amie, Certified HIV/AIDS Counselor
NJCRI Corey DeStefano, Director of Clinical Services
Overlook Medical Center Suzette Francis, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Business Coordinator Barbara Jurkiewicz, RN
Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central & Southern NJ Brenda Goldston, Medical Assistant
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ Sandra Mercorelli, Certified Application Counselor
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Thomas Di Vitantonio, Medical Student
Rutgers School of Nursing Ann Bagchi, PhD, DNP, RN – Instructor Lubna Qureshi, BSN, RN – Student
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Caitlin Ridge, BA, CCLS Rosann Kravetz-Toma, DPT
Seton Hall University College of Nursing Cindy Catao, Senior Nursing Student Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP, RN, APC-C, FAANP, FAAN
Spectrum 360 (The Children’s Institute) Megan Maguire, MEd, BCBA
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Erlinda Hubac, RN Gina Totino, LCSW
Trinitas Regional Medical Center School of Nursing Mabel Mansing, LPN, Student Maja Morales, MSN, RN, CCRN, Student
University Hospital Diane Scapillati-Chapogas, Senior Radiation Therapist Ilona Jacniacka-Soto, RN
Zufall Health Center Monica McKenzie, Patient Navigator for Seniors

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