Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives Platinum Award for “COVID-19 Community Response and Support”

April 6, 2022

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Receives Platinum Award for “COVID-19 Community Response and Support”
Belleville, NJ (April 6, 2022) – The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE Magazine hosted the 2022 Companies That Care Awards Reception at Nanina’s in the Park on March 23, paying tribute to the kindness and generosity of the business community.
Forty-four companies, including leading manufacturers, retailers, hospitals, banks and colleges and universities, were honored at the reception, attended by more than 100 business executives.
“Giving back and helping those in need is a part of the culture for all of the companies and organizations we are honoring,” said Anthony Russo, President of CIANJ. “We are glad that we can showcase all of their good works and honor them for their commitment to service even through the last two years while dealing with the global pandemic,” Russo added.
CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization, representing more than 900 corporate members from every industry sector. The organization asked the business community to share stories of its philanthropy. Their stories became a special section of the March issue of COMMERCE Magazine that was also distributed digitally.
This year’s winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of judges which included CIANJ board members John Corcoran, president and COO, D'Alessandro, Inc., Cindy Myer, president, Ridgewood Moving Services, and Peter Webster, resident managing director, AON Insurance.
Saint Peter’s University Hospital received a Platinum Award for its COVID-19 Community Response and Support. The hospital’s Community Health Services department has been at the forefront of efforts to reduce the risk of COVID-19. Saint Peter’s, whose Catholic mission is to provide humble service to humanity, especially the most vulnerable, administered 36,000-plus vaccines to adults and children, including those attending Catholic schools in the Diocese of Metuchen, at the hospital’s vaccine clinics and onsite at Carteret and New Brunswick public schools.
In partnership with Middlesex County’s Office of Health Services and the Healthier Middlesex Consortium, Saint Peter’s distributed Coronavirus Care Kits to New Brunswick’s hardest hit neighborhoods, Esperanza and Unity Square. According to Marge Drozd, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, director of Community Health Services, “These neighborhoods primarily consist of multi-family dwellings where many individuals live together in poor housing conditions, thereby increasing adverse health conditions and the risk of spread. Our community outreach efforts seek to eliminate disparities that have a direct impact on personal health and access to healthcare resources. The materials we distributed included bilingual healthcare information, masks, hand sanitizer and soap to support residents’ prevention efforts.” Distribution sites included local parks, churches and food distribution centers.
 CIANJ is a unique network of businesses committed to improving and advancing the cause of free enterprise in the Garden State. Our focus sets us apart from other organizations and provides the basis upon which we work to make our state a better place to live, work and conduct business.
About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital offers a midwifery service and the brand-new state-of-the-art Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.

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