Nov 14, 2023 Lakewood Business Leaders Give Back to the Community by Investing in Healthcare at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Donor Recognition Event

Pictured from left: Ralph Zucker and Mordechai Sidell, of Inspired by Somerset Development; Joel Tesser, Crisp Culinary Group; Yaakov Septimus, Cedar Health Group; Oshi Levovitz, Fischer Roofing; Adam Pfeffer, Esq., Levin, Shea, Pfeffer and Goldman, P.A.; Philip Passes, DO, Chief Administrative Officer, MMC and MMC Southern Campus; Fred Van Looy, MMC and MMCSC Board of Trustees Emeritus and donor; Eric Carney, President and CEO, MMC and MMCSC; State Senator, Robert W. Singer and Ben Heinemann, BP Print Group.

Lakewood, NJ – A heartfelt expression of gratitude was the theme at Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) on October 23rd, where a special event celebrated the altruism of prominent local business leaders. Their charitable contributions have bolstered the hospital’s Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit, with over $220,000 raised to enhance patient care. Among the benefactors were Ben Heinemann of BP Print Group; Adam Pfeffer, Esq., of the Levin, Shea, Pfeffer, and Goldman Law Firm; Ralph Zucker of Inspired by Somerset Development; Mark Tress of Cedar Health; Sam Stein of Complete Care Management; Ari Stern of Autumn Lake Healthcare; Leiby Lench of Laguna Siding & Roofing; Joel Tesser of Crisp Culinary Group; Sol Fischer of Fischer Roofing; and Fred Van Looy, of Jackson.

Eric Carney, President and CEO of MMCSC and Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) in Long Branch, lauded their spirit of philanthropy. "We are immensely thankful for these community leaders who exemplify the spirit of giving. Their investment in healthcare is a testament to their dedication not only to business excellence but also to the well-being of our community," he remarked.

This initiative transcends monetary contribution; it has significantly enriched community relations. MMCSC's longstanding commitment, especially evident during the challenging times of COVID, has focused on fostering a culturally aware and inclusive environment. From the provision of the new Bikur Cholim hospital van to appointing Mr. Chaim Sender as our community liaison, our efforts to collaborate are ongoing and dynamic.

The GEM Unit at MMCSC’s James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute is a vivid illustration of this collaboration – each bay bearing testament to the generosity of our civic leaders. “It reflects a shared vision of unity and community partnership,” stated Dr. Philip Passes, Chief Administrative Officer for MMC and MMCSC. “Such visible endorsements of support inspire our staff daily and enhance our mission to deliver exceptional care to every patient.”

These partnerships are invaluable, as they not only meet immediate medical needs but also foster continuous enhancement of care quality, patient and caregiver coordination, and an overall patient-centered approach.

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About Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (MMCSC) is a fully accredited acute-care hospital located in Lakewood. An RWJBarnabas Health facility, MMCSC is a sister hospital to Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch. MMCSC Emergency Services include a Geriatric Emergency Medicine Unit (GEM) as well as a Pediatric Emergency Department. MMCSC introduced the first of its kind James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute to the region, which provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care for older patients. MMCSC also offers convenient access to an array of outpatient services as well as the services of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center. MMCSC continues to expand its orthopedic surgical services program and offers the latest advances in total joint arthroplasty. RWJBarnabas Health and MMCSC, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – bring a world class team of researchers and specialists to provide close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. For more information about MMCSC, visit

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