Hospital Foundation Names Rose Ball Honorees

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RAHWAY—“The Foundation is pleased to announce the 2008 Rose Ball honorees, G. Allen Geyer, Chairman of RWJUH Rahway’s Board of Governors, Guardians of the Rose and Schering-Plough Corporation, Order of the Rose,” said Christine Kline, Rose Ball chairman.

This year’s 19th Annual gala will be held on Saturday evening, April 26 at the Hotel Westminster in Livingston to benefit the Fund for Technology Advancements, as well as the programs, services and facilities of the hospital.

Kline noted the gala already has several special sponsors, including Schering-Plough Corporation, QualCare, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc., Sodexho, Northfield Bank, Radiology Associates, P.A., Rahway Pathology, P.A. and RSI Bank.

Serving in his sixth year as chairman of the Board of Governors at RWJUH Rahway, Geyer joined the hospital’s board in 1996. He has served on the finance, strategic planning, nominating, professional affairs and legal audit committees.

Geyer was instrumental in cementing Rahway Hospital’s relationship with RWJUH in becoming a member of the RWJ Health System. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the RWJ Health Network and the RWJ Healthcare Corporation.

A key participant in making the RWJ Rahway Fitness and Wellness a reality, Geyer helped bring this resource to the community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Vision Healthcare, the partner company. With over 30 years of experience in the domestic and international banking and financial markets, Geyer is the founder and president of AGR Financial, a national provider of financial services to the staffing industry for more than a decade. Serving the hospital is really a family affair. Allen’s wife, Roberta, is a member of the RWJUH Rahway Foundation Board of Trustees and serves on the Rose Ball and Golf Committees.

RWJUH Rahway is extremely fortunate to count Schering-Plough Corporation among its friends and supporters. Schering-Plough, based in Kenilworth, New Jersey, is an innovation-driven, science-centered global health care company with leading prescription, consumer and animal health products.

Through internal research and collaboration with partners, Schering-Plough discovers, develops, manufactures and markets advanced drug therapies to meet important medical needs. The company applies its research and development platform to human prescription and consumer products, as well as animal health products. Their vision is to earn the trust of physicians, patients and other customers, and their products reach patients and caregivers in more than 120 countries. The company is committed to business integrity, quality and compliance.

Schering-Plough’s philanthropic efforts, through the corporation and the foundation, have provided generous support to RWJUH Rahway and the community. They were a major contributor to the hospital’s 15,000 square foot Emergency Department expansion, generously supported programs to provide health care for those who cannot afford to care for themselves, and most recently assisted with the renovation and refurbishment of the 3C Cardiac Unit and Telemetry Upgrades.

The Rose Ball Committee is once again sponsoring a $50,000 Super 50/50 Raffle. The odds of winning a major cash prize are 1 in 100! Only 1,000 tickets at $50 a ticket will be sold. Ten cash prizes equal to half of the receipts will be awarded. The first prize may be as much as $12,500!

The members of the Vice Chairman’s Committee, who work to bring additional resources to the event to date are: Rahway Mayor James Kennedy; John Higgins, site manager and Gail Driscoll, manager public affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.; Michael Widmer, executive vice president, Northfield Bank; Thomas F. Grahill, RSI Bank; Edward Rittweger, M.D., president, Radiology Associates, P.A.; Alan S. Miller, M.D., EmCare; John Moore, senior vice president, HRH MetroNortheast, LLC; foundation chairman, Joseph D. Gibilisco, Lehrer-Gibilisco Funeral Home; Foundation vice-chairman, Bernice “Bunny” Bowen; Bonnie Josephs, foundation secretary, Station Cab; hospital Board of Governors member Dr. Michael Chen and Foundation Trustee, Michele Chen; foundation trustee, Joanne Kreisberg; from RWJUH Rahway: Peter Bihuniak, vice president finance; Marlene H. Lubinger, foundation president; Kathryn Tarantino, vice president human resources and Kirk C. Tice, president & CEO.

In addition to Rose Ball Committee Chairman Christine Kline, this year’s Rose Ball Committee members are: RWJUH Rahway Foundation Vice-Chairman Bernice “Bunny” Bowen, and Secretary Bonnie Josephs, as well as trustees Marguerite Bejgrowicz, Michele Chen, Roberta Geyer, Frank Light, M.D., Foundation President, Marlene H. Lubinger, Kirk Tice, RWJUH Rahway president & CEO and community members Lillian Heide, Rosanne Krewedl, and Maria Weinstein, Rahway manager, Northfield Bank.

Through the years proceeds from the annual Rose Ball have provided support to many areas of the hospital, including the new Emergency Department; state-of-the-art pharmacy, radiology and information systems technology; the renovation and refurbishment of the hospital’s front lobby, patient and family waiting areas, and Telemetry Upgrades and the soon to be renovated and refurbished Cardiac Unit.

For information about reservations, sponsorships, souvenir journal ads or to purchase 50/50 raffle tickets, call the Foundation Office, 732-499-6135 or e-mail foundation@rwjuhr.com .

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Foundation President Marlene H. Lubinger (pictured right); RWJUH Rahway President & CEO Kirk C. Tice (pictured left); and Grants Manager Kevin Doran (right) present a plaque to Schering-Plough Foundation President Joseph Starkey, and Schering-Plough Vice-President Christine Fahey, in recognition of Schering-Plough Foundation’s continued support of RWJUH Rahway.


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