West New York Leones Cubanos De Hudson Lions Club Honors Eurice E. Rojas With Melvin Jones Fellowship Award For Community Service

Cliffside Park resident Eurice E. Rojas, Vice President of External Affairs at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, was honored by the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club for his leadership and commitment to improving the health and wellness of residents throughout Northern New Jersey. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was presented to Rojas during the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club Annual Installation Dinner on September 16 at the Stoney Hill Inn in Hackensack.

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Cliffside Park resident Eurice E. Rojas, Vice President of External Affairs at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, receives the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award from Blanca N. Mankiewicz, President of West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club; Nikki Mederos, past President of the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club; and Lions Clubs International 16-N District Governor Ruth Molenaar.

The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is the highest recognition from the Lions Clubs International Foundation being given to members who have rendered outstanding community services. The award is named after Melvin Jones, who founded Lions Clubs International in 1916.

Rojas is well-recognized in Hudson and Bergen counties for his work in establishing local partnerships that address community health issues by educating local residents, improving access to care and reducing health disparities. He led the development of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and spearheads the hospital's year-round outreach programs, including community health fairs, free health screening programs for residents and health education seminars. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award.

"It is an honor to be recognized by our friends at the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club," said Rojas. "Community benefit services and programs are an integral part of our mission at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. We are extremely fortunate to be surrounded by team members, residents, businesses, community leaders and organizations, like the Lions Club, who are truly committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our neighbors."

Rojas has served as Vice President of External Affairs at Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center since 2000. In addition to spearheading the hospital's community outreach programs, Rojas leads the hospital's business development and several service departments, including marketing, public relations, patient transportation, communications, recruitment for all medical specialties, and management of all physician practices employed by the hospital.

Prior to joining Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, Rojas served in senior executive leadership roles at U.S. Tobacco — U.S. and International Divisions. Rojas earned a Master of Healthcare Administration's degree from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from DePaul University. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Save Latin America and St. Augustine’s School in Union City. Rojas resides in Cliffside Park with his wife, Norma. They have two sons, Michael and Brian.

In addition to Rojas, the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award was also presented to Luis Garcia, past President and longtime member of the West New York Leones Cubanos de Hudson Lions Club.

About Lions Club International

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with 1.35 million members in more than 46,000 clubs worldwide, in more than 206 countries and geographic areas. Founded in 1917, Lions Clubs are best known for fighting blindness, but Lions Club members also volunteer for many different kinds of community projects — including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 450,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 206-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.