HackensackUMC to Honor Thomas M. Eastwick and Mohamed Lateef, M.D.

Awards to be presented during HackensackUMC Foundation'?s Star Stream Ball on December 1

The HackensackUMC Foundation's Star Stream Ball has become one of the most popular and successful fundraising galas in Northern New Jersey. Each year, this formal, black-tie dinner event unites hundreds of business leaders, public officials and local residents to support the work of HackensackUMC and the Harborage nursing home and rehabilitation center.

The 2012 Star Stream Ball will be held on Saturday, December 1, at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey. It promises to be an exciting and memorable event because Thomas M. Eastwick, President of Eastwick College and the HoHoKus Schools, and Mohamed Lateef, M.D., will be honored with Star Stream Awards for their tireless work in supporting the health and well being of our local residents. The event will also have a special "Magic of the Season" theme featuring great food, lively music and dancing, interactive entertainers, and fantastic lighting and décor. Proceeds from the event will support the expansion and renovation of the Pediatric Unit at HackensackUMC.

Eastwick is an innovator and visionary in the field of specialized education. His schools are recognized for a groundbreaking approach that has led to a growing list of industry accreditations and affiliations.

"Service and philanthropy are two important aspects of Tom's life — characteristics he seeks to cultivate in his students," said Bruce J. Markowitz, President and CEO of HackensackUMC. "Eastwick and HoHoKus School students participate in numerous charitable endeavors with every dollar raised matched by the school. We are honored that Tom serves Palisades on both the HackensackUMC Foundation and Medical Center Board of Governors."

Dr. Lateef has an extensive and distinguished career at HackensackUMC and has held a number of leadership positions including Chairman of Emergency Services and Director of House Physicians.

"Dr. Lateef's accomplishments and contributions have played an instrumental role in advancing patient care and clinical services at Palisades," said Markowitz. "He has also helped lead our philanthropic efforts by actively serving on the HackensackUMC Foundation Board of Governors since 2008."

For more information about individual tickets and sponsorships packages for the 2012 Star Stream Ball, please call (201) 854-5008 or visit www.palisadesmedicalfoundation.org.

About HackensackUMC

HackensackUMC is located in North Bergen, NJ, and serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and Southern Bergen Counties. The non-profit Medical Center is affiliated with the Hackensack University Health Network, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. Palisades is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees and it has an annual operating budget of approximately $150 million.

The State of New Jersey's annual healthcare report card ranked Palisades as one of the top hospitals in the state and #1 in Hudson County. Palisades was also one of only two hospitals in New Jersey to receive a perfect 100% score in treating heart attack patients. The State's annual evaluation showed that The Harborage at Palisades has "Zero Deficiencies" for the third consecutive year. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit www.palisadesmedical.org.

About the HackensackUMC Foundation

The HackensackUMC Foundation gathers support from local residents, businesses and other organizations to enable HackensackUMC and the Harborage to upgrade facilities, expand services, and establish greater contact with the community. For more information or to support the HackensackUMC Foundation, please call (201) 854-5008 or visit www.palisadesmedicalfoundation.org.