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Hackensack Meridian Health Honors Military Heroes With Memorial Day Ceremonies

In the photo…(left to right) Don Fletcher, US Army; Daniel Dulude, US Air Force; Christopher Chen, US Marines; Matthew Morales, US Marines; Robert Rubin, US Marines; Anthony Passannante, MD, vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, Palisades Medical Center; Francisco Maciel, US Army; Sergio Lebron, US Marines; and Gordon Huie, US Air Force.

In remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, Hackensack Meridian Health held Memorial Day Ceremonies to honor its team members who are also military heroes. The solemn ceremonies were conducted in military fashion by uniformed members of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, who are part of the Military Honor Guard.

The Memorial Day ceremonies were held at three Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals, including Hackensack University Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health and veteran of the United States Marines, delivered the keynote address at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is taking the time to recognize our country’s fallen heroes, especially the loved ones of our team members who proudly served,” said John Lloyd. “As we reflect on the sacrifices of others, we remember the fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. This is a day to be with members of our hospital family and remember all whom have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of this great country.”

“The service members we honor came from all walks of life, but they shared several fundamental qualities – courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity – all the qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one’s self,” said Anthony Passannante, M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center. “They were called to be part of something bigger than themselves. They were ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times. They rose to the nation’s call because they wanted to protect a nation which has given them – and all of us – so much.”

During each of the three services, a flag folding ceremony was held with a United States flag, which was presented to representatives at each hospital, in recognition of the support given to veterans and those who have made sacrifices in the name of our country. The flags presented to Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center had been flown during combat in Iraq. At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a table, called the Missing Man Table was set. During the ceremony at Hackensack University Medical Center Individuals went forth to place roses for their loved ones and fellow troops who have passed away. These roses were solemnly placed on the Memorial in the main Lobby. At Palisades Medical Center, individuals went forth to toss roses into the Hudson River, with a Naval Vessel in the backdrop, in remembrance of their loved ones and fellow troops who have passed away.

To view highlights of the service at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, CLICK HERE.

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 400,000 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 202-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 Jerseymagazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. 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.

About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.