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Hospital Association Presents Awards for Commitment to Healthcare
Date:1/16/2009

the hospital's board for more than 25 years and was instrumental in launching a number of initiatives that contributed to the unprecedented growth from a local hospital to a major, regional academic medical center. He also was involved in the development of regional centers of clinical excellence in cardiac, cancer and pediatric care; and the building of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital.

The NJHA Healthcare System Trustee of the Year award was presented to Joseph A. Maressa, Esq., from Berlin, of Kennedy Health System in Voorhees. For more than 30 years, he served as a member of the Kennedy Memorial Hospital - University Board of Trustees, and also served as a member of the Kennedy Health System Board for more than 25 years. Maressa was instrumental in Kennedy's purchase of the Cherry Hill and Washington Township hospitals in 1980.

NJHA also annually recognizes hospitals that demonstrate unique and effective methods of reaching out to better serve the healthcare needs of area residents. The 2008 Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey's Community Outreach Awards recognize outstanding community achievements in the following categories: disease and injury prevention; improving access and quality of care; reducing healthcare disparities; and programs with budgets less than $50,000.

For Preventing Disease and Injury, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Paterson, was recognized for its Women's Heart Center. The center was designed to improve the cardiovascular health of women in northern New Jersey, focusing mainly on high-risk women from ethnic minorities. The program's goal was to increase women's awareness of heart disease, risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options and reduce the cultural, racial, linguistic and economic barriers and assist them with immediate access to appropriate qual
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