HackensackUMC Hosts ‘GamePlan for Corporate Health’ Breakfast Seminar

On May 15, Hackensack University Medical Center held a healthy morning of fitness, breakfast and strategies for corporate wellness with some of the region’s most respected voices on healthy workplaces.

HackensackUMC’s new “GamePlan for Corporate Health” initiative was developed by a team of experts, including HackensackUMC Corporate Wellness, HackensackUMC Executive Health and HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the New York Giants. The event was held at the Debra Simon Center for Integrative Medicine located inside HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants and hosted by New York Giants great Phil Simms.

“People tend to make excuses as to why they don’t get to the gym,” said Phil Simms, former New York Giant.  “They need to make the time to exercise for one hour, four times a week, and employers should help them work it into their busy schedules.”

Former New York Giants greats, Bart Oates and Jeff Feagles were also on hand to meet with seminar participants.  The event was attended by representatives from dozens of area companies and was moderated by television host, Steve Adubato. The event will be featured on an upcoming episode of “One-on-One” with Steve Adubato on WNET.

Mark Sparta, PT, M.P.A., FACHE, executive vice president, chief population health officer of Hackensack University Health Network, says it’s important that corporations encourage their employees to participate in wellness programs and have strategies in place to help employees better manage their health.

“Corporations are shifting their traditional focus from education, smoking cessation and vaccination programs to actively managing chronic disease through fitness and wellness programs. There is now a shared responsibility by employers and their employees to stay healthy.  A typical starting point is the strategy of offering health-risk assessments so that employees can better understand the importance of maintaining their health,” said Sparta.For more information regarding the HackensackUMC Corporate Wellness programs, call Kate McDougall at (551) 996-5294. For information regarding corporate membership opportunities at HackensackUMC Fitness & Wellness Powered by the Giants, please call Jay Groves at (615) 260-0347.

George S. Charne of Hunter Group CPA LLC elected as treasurer of Bergen County Workforce Investment Board

George S. Charne, CPA, Bergen County resident, and a principal in charge of employee benefits audit services for Hunter Group CPA LLC, was recently elected as treasurer of the Bergen County Workforce Investment Board. He also serves on the Executive Board’s One-Stop Committee.

The Bergen County Workforce Investment Board is a local, business-led board of directors composed of private- and public-sector leaders from business, education, labor, community and faith-based organizations and government.

“I am very proud of George and his commitment to leadership,” said Kevin Hansen, co-managing director of Hunter Group. “He always goes above and beyond and I am confident he will excel as treasurer.”

Charne, who has over 25 years of experience in auditing employee benefit plan funds and in not-for-profit organizations, is also a member of the Commerce and Industry Association (CIANJ) Human Resource Council and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJPCA), where he serves on the Bergen County Chapter’s Auditing and Accounting Committee, on the Scholarship Committee and is a director.

Hunter Group is a full service Certified Public Accounting firm that serves closely-held, small to middle-market businesses that are entrepreneurially-managed or family operated enterprises. Providing bookkeeping, tax preparation and auditing services, as well as accounting and consulting on a wide range of financial issues. Additionally, the firm provides audit services for non-profit organizations as well as audits for benefit plans, including 401 (k) plans. Hunter Group also operates two affiliated companies, a financial planning and wealth management firm and a recruitment firm dedicated to placing financial professionals. Hunter Group is a founding member of CPAmerica International, a nationwide association of independently owned mid-sized CPA firms that share resources and expertise.

For information, contact the Marketing Department of Hunter Group at 201-261-4030, write to 17-17 Route 208, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410, visit the website at www.thehuntergroup.com, or email at info@thehuntergroup.com.

Ramapo Recognized as a Public College of Distinction

Ramapo College was recognized as a Public College of Distinction in the organization’s 2015 report.

Colleges of Distinction is a college guide that assesses state colleges and universities in several categories, including student engagement, faculty competencies, vibrant campus and community activities and successful outcomes. Other criteria for recognition include a wider course selection, innovative curricula, individualized attention in the classroom and affordability.

According to the report, colleges that are recognized are public schools that provide a “private college feeling.”  The report added: “Our Public Colleges of Distinction prove the traditional stereotypes of large universities wrong. All of our Public Colleges of Distinction feature smaller class sizes, enlist faculty that are more attentive to individual students and excel at getting students ready for the job market or graduate programs.”

“We are proud to be recognized again this year,” said Christopher Romano, vice president of enrollment management and student affairs. “It is a validation of the experience our students have at Ramapo College. Our faculty are dedicated teachers who are committed to mentoring, and our students work closely with them in and outside the classroom to enhance their learning and prepare for their future.”

NAI Hanson Names Four New Senior Vice Presidents

As NAI James E. Hanson’s leasing and investment sales businesses continue to thrive, the leading New Jersey-based commercial real estate firm, today announced the promotion of four of its executives. All four brokers—Barry J. Cohorsky, SIOR, Jeffrey DeMagistris, SIOR, Thomas A. Vetter, SIOR and Hal B. Messer, MSRE—will hold senior vice president positions within the company.

  • Barry J. Cohorsky, SIORhas negotiated more than 16.5 million square feet in transactions over the course of his 24 years in commercial real estate. He has a proven track record in identifying market opportunities, developing client relationships, negotiating lease terms and executing sale/lease contracts with commercial clients ranging from small business owners to large multi-national corporations. He is a member of The Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of the New York Metropolitan Area (IOREBA) and has participated in multi-market transactions outside of New Jersey.
  • Jeffrey W. DeMagistris, SIORspecializes in the Meadowlands submarket as a member of the Industrial Brokerage Council at NAI James E. Hanson. He has successfully represented multiple office and industrial landlords such as Russo Development, Sitex Group, The Hampshire Companies and Joseph L. Muscarelle Inc. In November 2012, he was named one of New Jersey’s top leasing brokers by Real Estate Forum, and he holds a number of professional affiliations including the National Association of Realtors, Liberty Board of Realtors and the Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce.
  • Thomas A. Vetter, SIORhas delivered outstanding results in his representation of several prominent Meadowlands landlords including Coining, Inc., Sitex Group, SourceOne Worldwide, The Pepsi Bottling Group and InterCept Inc. In November 2012, he was named one of New Jersey’s top leasing brokers by Real Estate Forum and is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Liberty Board of Realtors and the Coalition of Commercial Real Estate Associations.
  • Hal B. Messer, MSREleads acquisition and disposition efforts on behalf of local and national corporations. He has completed transactions totaling over $750,000,000. He also serves as a liaison to Columbia Property Investors LLC and SPC Associates LLC. Messer’s other professional affiliations include the Industrial and Office Real Estate Brokers Association of New York (IOREBA) as well as previous positions within the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Jewish Community Housing Corporation.  He holds a Masters of Science in real estate finance and investment from New York University.

“As of late, we have been fortunate to see tremendous success in all areas of our business,” said NAI Hanson President, William C. Hanson, SIOR. “Many factors have contributed to our growth, but none as important as the outstanding performance of all of our professionals. These four brokers, in particular, have truly out-performed in serving their clients and delivering the best possible solutions for their needs. Commercial real estate is a ‘people business’ and our team demonstrates that every day.”

Organ Donations Saved 460 Lives in New Jersey in 2014

Organ donations saved the lives of 460 people in New Jersey last year, a figure released by NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue in the state.

Donate Life Month, celebrated each April, is a national, month-long observance to celebrate the greatest gift—the Gift of Life. The organs came from both living donors and deceased donors. The living donors accounted for 166 donations, which were all kidney donations.

The organs from deceased donors that saved lives in 2014 were:

  • Kidney: 168
  • Liver: 55
  • Pancreas: 2
  • Kidney/Pancreas: 12
  • Heart: 66

“Each transplant represents a life saved in New Jersey and one less person who will die on the waiting list,” said Joe Roth, President & Chief Executive Officer of NJ Sharing Network. “All through the year, and especially during Donate Life Month, we work to spread awareness about the gift of organ donation and encourage people to register to be donors.”

Some of the 460 patients received more than one organ, accounting for the slight discrepancy in numbers.

Boiling Springs Savings Bank Elects Peggy Letsche & Rob Goldstein to Board of Directors

Robert E. Stillwell, President and CEO of Boiling Springs Savings Bank, is pleased to announce that Peggy Letsche of Rutherford and Robert Goldstein of Glen Ridge have been elected to the bank’s Board of Directors.

“We are honored to have individuals such as Rob Goldstein and Peggy Letsche, with their vast and varied experience, on our Board,” said Mr. Stillwell. “We look forward to their advice and counsel in the coming years.”

Ms. Letsche is the Executive Director of 55 Kip Center for the last 12 years. She has been at 55 Kip Center for over 20 years, starting as a fitness instructor in 1995. Ms. Letsche attended Felician College and has been a member of the Rutherford Blood Bank, the Rutherford Municipal Alliance, the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the National Council on Aging. She has been awarded the Dr. Celia Weisman Memorial Award from Bergen County Human Services and has been a Rutherford Elks Citizen of the Year. She, along with her husband, Dennis, are parents to daughter, Danielle.

Mr. Goldstein is the owner of R.J. Goldstein & Associates, an employee benefits consulting and brokerage firm. He has been with the firm since 1991. Prior to that he was a pension and investment sales representative for MONY Financial Services. A graduate of Fairfield University with a B.S. in Mathematics, Mr. Goldstein is a former Trustee and a Committee Member of the Glen Ridge Country Club and was previously a Board Member of Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. Mr. Goldstein’s wife, Erin, is a teacher at the Forest Avenue School in Glen Ridge. They have three children, Brendan, Cara & Colin.

Construction Continues on Atlantic Street Park in Hackensack

Construction continues to progress on Atlantic Street Park, a new outdoor park / amphitheater in the City of Hackensack, which represents another important step in the revitalization efforts of the downtown.

The approximately $600,000 project was partially funded by an Open Space Grant from Bergen County. DMR collaborated with the City, the Upper Main Street Alliance and Boswell Engineering on the project.

The park will include an amphitheater for outdoor performances, grass areas, trellises, seat-walls, benches and street trees and lights to provide a modern, lively, downtown atmosphere found in other, competing downtown housing markets.

Redevelopment initiatives in the downtown began nearly three years ago with the adoption of the Rehabilitation Plan for the Main Street Area. In addition to the progression of Atlantic Street Park, a few of the successes of the rehabilitation plan seen in the City include the beginning of the two-way street conversion of Main Street and the anticipated opening of the Meridia Metro, Heritage Capital and Alkova Companies developments, which include approximately 700 new residential units. An additional 1,000 units of new residential development is in the planning stages throughout the City.

The project is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015.

DMR Architects is a top New Jersey architect dedicated to progressive, innovative and sustainable architecture, planning and urban design.

John Theurer Cancer Center Brings State-of-the-Art Cancer Care To Hudson County With New Palisades Medical Center Facility

John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center today announced the opening of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Palisades Medical Center, a new 9,600-square-foot outpatient facility overlooking the Hudson River and New York City skyline. Patients will receive the same world class cancer care available for over 25 years at JTCC’s Hackensack location, ranked the top cancer center in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for four consecutive years and among the top three in the New York metro area.

The new center, featuring consultation with disease-specific cancer specialists, access to top diagnostic and treatment technologies, and the opportunity to enroll in over 200 clinical trials, is located in the Palisades Medical Center’s new outpatient pavilion in North Bergen, NJ.

“Our goal has always been to deliver exceptional care to our patients,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, president and chief executive officer, Palisades Medical Center. “Through our recent partnership with Hackensack University Medical Center and with the opening of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Palisades Medical Center, we now offer the highest quality cancer care to the Palisades community.”

“The opening of this incredible facility illustrates our commitment to cultivating a great partnership with Palisades Medical Center and to providing patients across Northern New Jersey with top-notch medical care,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.

The John Theurer Cancer Center at Palisades Medical Center offers patients access to world-class medical, surgical and radiation oncology and hematology subspecialists, state-of-the-art radiation therapies and advanced imaging capabilities including PET CT. The opening of the new center also marks the first and only outpatient clinical care site for gynecologic oncology in Hudson County. With Korean- and Spanish-speaking providers, JTCC is committed to bringing a diverse community of patients the best care possible. Physicians at JTCC are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates, one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups.

“We feel very fortunate to be able to give patients in Hudson County access to the most cutting-edge care for cancer, which is a rapidly changing field,” said Dr. Andre Goy, chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center. “Our expertise and research has routinely led to major breakthroughs and the approval of new therapeutics for cancer patients.”


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