Thursday, October 15, 2015

Celebrating 90 Years of Service at Holy Name Hospital

Holy Name's 2015 Annual Founders Ball was held last Saturday, October 10 at Pier 60 in Manhattan, New York.

Angelica with Holy Name CEO Mike Maron & wife Diane

This year was a particularly special one, as it celebrates the 90th anniversary of the founding of Holy Name Medical Center by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. 

This occasion also honored Angelica Berrie, President of The Russell Berrie Foundation, with the Spirit of Healing Award

Angelica with her family

Here is Angelica’s acceptance speech: 

We are here tonight to celebrate an amazing legacy! The Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace have given our community a gift that has lasted for 90 years, a gift that matters even more today as we face increasing challenges in healthcare.

Humanism in Medicine is a priceless value in today's medical world. It has been part of Holy Name Medical Center's DNA and is at the heart of the hospital's mission. It was what my husband, Russ, found most compelling about Holy Name.

My relationship with the medical center began with Russ' "love affair" with Sr. Patricia Lynch, and led to our naming Holy Name's Regional Cancer Center after her. This relationship continues with the gift from The Russell Berrie Foundation for the Institute for Simulation Learning.

This Institute is the first fully immersive virtual environment in Bergen County for healthcare professionals to develop safe, innovative and compassionate approaches to patient care.

I want to credit Mike Maron's leadership in bringing simulation to Holy Name. He saw how transformational it was in Israel and understood how to translate simulation learning into patient safety, emergency preparedness, compassionate end-of-life care education and practice.

Perhaps the most important piece in the medical center's vision for the future is expressing its legacy of compassionate care into end-of-life care at Villa Marie Claire.

There is one thing we know for sure and that is: We all have to die, yet the medical profession has not mastered the art of dying to make the experience any easier. It is so important to address this all too human experience with public advocacy, educational programs, and this is where simulation training can transform this painful experience into a compassionate graceful transition that is spiritually healing. 

There are not enough places where this is done with deep empathy and compassion and Holy Name will be a leader in this very necessary aspect of humanism in medicine. We mustn't be afraid of death and dying because it teaches us to embrace life and healthcare has to reflect this in a positive comforting way.

Our community deserves the best care and Holy Name deserves our fullest support for providing the best people, bringing the latest medical innovation, training and best practices to make our part of the world a better place to live. 

Please join me in ensuring that Holy Name Medical Center will carry on this legacy for many years to come!

And now, let us celebrate Life!

Click on these links to view more photos from the event:

Marie Adler-Kravecas, Elaine Adler, Angelica Berrie (Honoree), 
Myrna Block and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle 

Holy Name's Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace