Message from the Foundation’s Chairman

Hackensack University Medical Center is stronger and more vibrant than ever. Last year was historic for our medical center, as we celebrated our 125th anniversary. As chairman of the HackensackUMC Foundation, I am grateful for the collaboration of board members, administrators, clinicians and staff. Working together, we are able to deliver outstanding patient care, expand and improve facilities, focus on medical innovation, and develop partnerships that make our medical center one of the best hospitals in the nation.

The HackensackUMC Foundation provides caring people with opportunities to make a meaningful difference in our community. Such generosity resulted in a substantial increase in donations in 2013, which totaled $16.7 million. What was notable about these results is that they were made possible by the generosity of both long-time friends and new donors.

Extraordinary financial commitments were made by two families who have been long-time pillars of our philanthropic community — Mr. Larry Inserra and Mr. David Sanzari. Their renewed giving at such a generous level shows their faith in a strong and vibrant future for our medical center. Commitments of this magnitude are an inspiration to others to invest in HackensackUMC. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the long-term vision and generous support of both of these exceptional donors.

In 2013, a new relationship was formed when The Artech Autoimmune Cell Re-Education Study was funded with a $1 million gift from Artech Information Systems, LLC. The Artech funds, through the generosity of the Poddar family, have enabled Dr. Yong Zhao to establish a research laboratory to further his work in addressing autoimmune diseases.

The Foundation's Special Events are always a highlight of our fundraising year, bringing together our friends and supporters in exciting and entertaining new ways. The events of 2013 were no exception. The six major special events netted $2.6 million, a Foundation record!

With a focus on the relationships that will lead to future generosity, the Foundation staff continues building a culture of philanthropy through the engagement of friends, patients, staff and physicians.

The Grateful Patient Program was inaugurated in the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital this past year. This program seeks to enhance the patient experience through personalized communication, while affording patients the opportunity to show their appreciation for their caregivers by making a donation in their honor to the Foundation. The Grateful Patient Program is set to expand in selected areas of the medical center throughout 2014.

A new lecture series, Research Champions, was launched in 2013 to raise the awareness of Foundation benefactors about the innovative research initiatives conducted by HackensackUMC’s world-class physicians.

We are grateful for all the compassionate and generous support we received in 2013 from so many people. We are looking forward to another year of engaging our donors in meaningful and personal ways. As new opportunities for advancing our programs and services emerge, we will expand our margin of excellence, going above and beyond the expected. We hope you will continue to be with us on this remarkable journey.

Ulises E. Diaz

HackensackUMC Foundation
Board of Trustees