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Valley Breaks Ground on New, State-of-the-Art Hospital in Paramus
11/8/2019

 
(Left to Right) Elias Tsoukas, M.D.;Martha and Peter Marron; Jim and Nancy Bush; Stefanie and Adam Hawkinson; Audrey and Bob Luckow; Ellen Forlenza; Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman, Valley Health System Board of Trustees; U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation; Sue and Victor D. Wortmann, Chairman, The Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Charlie and Sue Snyder; J. T., Theo, and Bevin Bolger; Jean Meloro, President of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary; Marilyn Clark; Bob and Carol Gillespie; Joe and Lya Pfeifer. See more photos.

Donning hard hats and carrying shovels, Valley Health System leadership; philanthropic supporters; community members; and federal, state and local elected officials came together on Friday, November 1, to break ground on The Valley Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art, 372-bed healthcare facility in Paramus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera were among the elected officials on hand to show their support for the new hospital.

“As we celebrate the groundbreaking of the new hospital, we are also proud to affirm our commitment to providing groundbreaking care,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “The design of the new hospital will enhance our ability to deliver high-quality care and service, with the personal touch for which Valley is so well known.”

The new Valley Hospital, which was first announced in 2017, will be located on Winters Avenue in Paramus, just 2.5 miles from Valley’s current campus in Ridgewood. It will incorporate the latest innovations and best practices in modern healthcare facility design, with all single-patient rooms to enhance patient privacy, safety and comfort.

The plans for the new hospital also call for the creation of universally sized rooms for surgery and procedures. These rooms will be designed to accommodate the latest high-tech, minimally invasive robotic surgeries and interventional procedures with the flexibility to adapt to different purposes over time.

From the beginning of planning the new hospital, Valley has also made a strong commitment to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into the construction, operation and maintenance of the new facility, with 20 percent of the site dedicated to open, green space. The facility will incorporate green roofs, which involves growing plants on the facility’s rooftops, to reduce storm water runoff, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the overall look of the hospital for patients and neighbors.

“This new hospital will allow us to raise the bar in all that we do,” said Meyers. “It will revolutionize how we deliver extraordinary healthcare, strengthen our ability to help people in our community live healthier lives, and provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to changes in healthcare delivery.”

Vic Wortmann, Chairman of the Valley Hospital Foundation, thanked all donors, and in particular those present that have made significant gifts.  “I would like to recognize and personally thank our leadership donors for stepping forward to provide support for our new hospital,” Wortmann said. As of the groundbreaking, donors had generously donated more than $60 million in support of the new hospital.

David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation, also thanked donors, while encouraging ongoing support. “We will continue to count on families, community leaders, and organizations to provide philanthropic support for this vital project. Each dollar is a vote for Valley’s future in this region.”

“We are extremely proud that for close to 70 years Valley has a distinguished legacy of serving and caring for our community,” said Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman of the Valley Health System Board of Trustees. “Today, we build on that legacy by beginning a new and important chapter right here in Paramus.”

Many elected officials added their praise of Valley and the new hospital.  “When The Valley Hospital opens its doors in Paramus, it will provide access to outstanding healthcare and will benefit everyone who calls Paramus home – families, children, seniors, and our business community,” said Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera. “The new hospital will be an economic engine for our entire community – revitalizing an aging, industrial section of our town, helping homeowners by diversifying our commercial tax base, and transforming Paramus into the healthcare hub of the state. That is why I have proudly supported this project from the beginning.”

“I applaud your commitment to The Valley Hospital’s legacy of delivering high-quality and compassionate health care,” said NJ Governor Phil Murphy. “You don’t reach milestones like this by accident. You achieve them through constant progress and consistent performance. You achieve them through visionary leadership. You achieve them by having a generous philanthropic community and equally committed local officials and community leaders, all of whom understand the value and importance of a hospital to the families it serves. In each of these areas, Valley has it, and then some.”

“Today is a good day for everyone committed to building a healthier community and providing New Jerseyans with top-notch medical care,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy. “For families, the value of having access to top-notch medical care so close cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a parent with a child running a high fever in the middle of the night or a patient in need of expertise when faced with a difficult diagnosis, it means a great deal to have a trusted provider like Valley Hospital as your neighbor. And beyond expanding access to high-quality care, today’s groundbreaking is a big win for Paramus and for jobs in our local economy.”

“I am excited about the potential for Valley’s new, modern hospital to transform care for our residents and bolster our economy by supporting local businesses and bringing good jobs to northern New Jersey,” said Representative Gottheimer.

“This facility will serve North Jersey very well. The positive effects of adding a state-of-the-art hospital are profound, in the form of creating thousands of jobs as well as stimulating our local economy,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., a longtime champion of increased health care options and services. “But most important, expanding on its existing roots in Paramus, Valley will provide for the unique needs of our community. Its very presence will increase access to high-quality healthcare programs and services for local residents. Because at the end of the day, nothing is more vital than our health and the health of our families, and this hospital will do so much to provide that future.”

“This is a milestone day for Bergen County,” said County Executive Tedesco. “Valley’s commitment to the community has been unwavering, and this exciting project will not only provide greater access to healthcare for the residents of Bergen County, but will also strengthen our local economy by creating new jobs. Bergen County is well on its way to becoming the healthcare hub of the state.”

The new hospital will be the centerpiece of Valley’s healthcare campus in Paramus. On the western side of Winters Ave. are the Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion (which houses the hospital’s comprehensive cancer and same-day-surgery centers) and the former Children’s Museum. A campus on the eastern side of Winters Ave. will include the new hospital building, a parking garage and 140 E. Ridgewood Ave, which houses women’s and children’s services. The combined campuses equal 39.59 acres total land area. 

Moving inpatient and emergency services to Paramus will allow Valley to repurpose its current campus in Ridgewood for a broad range of healthcare services, including an urgent-care center, and laboratory, radiology and endoscopy services. In addition, Valley plans to consolidate existing ambulatory and outpatient services and health system business functions back to the Ridgewood campus.

The new facility will cost an estimated $800 million and will be funded through the issuance of bonds, hospital equity, and philanthropic contributions. Valley anticipates that the new hospital could open as early as 2023.

Left to Right: U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III

Left to Right: Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman, Valley Health System Board of Trustees; U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation; Sue and Victor D. Wortmann, Chairman, The Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

Left to Right: Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; Council Member Borough of Paramus Holly-Tedesco Santos.




 
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Breast Cancer Survivorship and Optimizing Health After Diagnosis
10/31/2019

 

On October 3rd, 70 of Valley’s grateful oncology patients and generous donors attended a dinner hosted by The Valley Hospital Foundation at the Bacari Grill in Washington Township.  As they dined, they were also treated to an engaging presentation titled “Breast Cancer Survivorship and Optimizing Health After Diagnosis” by Valley’s Head of Breast Medical Oncology, Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky. 

“Valley’s goal is to create survivorship programs to educate and empower patients and to provide them with necessary resources and referrals,” Dr. Teplinsky said, and gave an engaging talk about the many different aspects of cancer survivorship.

Cancer survivors are faced with unique physical, emotional and financial challenges after a diagnosis that span far beyond the side effects from the standard breast cancer treatments. Dr. Teplinsky explained the importance of maintaining good health, and focused on bone health and osteoporosis, the relationship between cancer and cardiovascular disease, physical fitness and nutrition.

With each cancer survivor challenge she discussed, Dr. Teplinsky explained Valley’s unique services designed to address them.  The Bone Health Clinic at the Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care is run each month by Dr. Adam Kelman, the Chief of Endocrinology at Valley Medical Group.  Twice a month at the Luckow Pavilion, a Cardio-Oncology Clinic is run by three cardiologists with expertise in cardio-oncology. Every Thursday at 7am at Veterans Field behind the Ridgewood Public Library, Valley physicians walk for 30 minutes with patients and their families in a new program called Valley Walks. Another solution for maintaining a good exercise regimen is Valley Health LifeStyles at the Valley Center for Health and Wellness, which offers patients a world-class health and fitness center with three pools, a whirlpool, the latest strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise studios.

The Valley Hospital is well known for its cancer care, and Valley’s cancer care teams have earned more Gold Seals of Approval for cancer care from The Joint Commission than any other hospital in the country. The goal of Valley’s Breast Cancer Program is to expand on services already offered and to develop new programs that allow Valley to provide the best possible comprehensive care for patients and their families. For more information visit https://www.valleyhealth.com/services/breast-cancer-program

 

Foundation Hosts an Event at The James Beard House in NYC
7/15/2019

March 29, 2019, Ridgewood, New Jersey

On the evening of Wednesday, March 20th, The Valley Hospital Foundation hosted a reception at the renowned James Beard House. Guests enjoyed an interactive cocktail hour with Chef David Burke, followed by a four-course dinner. Audrey Meyers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Health System shared the vision for the future regarding the New Valley Hospital in Paramus.

Dr. Scott Agins, Chef David Burke and Audrey Meyers, President & CEO of Valley Health System

James Bush, Chef David Burke, and Nancy Bush

Chef David Burke, Frank and Brenda Gallagher

Mary and Robert Wortmann, Susan and Vic Wortmann, Kay and William Yeomans, and Terrie O'Connor 

The Valley Hospital Foundation Honors Leaders in Philanthropy
7/15/2019

David Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Valley Hospital Foundation, Charley Shotmeyer, and Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System

On Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm, the Valley Hospital Foundation hosted its 18th Annual Leadership Reception at The Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. More than 100 leadership donors and guests were in attendance.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System, welcomed guests and thanked them for their support. “We had a wonderful start to our efforts to raise support for the New Valley Hospital in Paramus. To date, we have raised over fifty-two million dollars.” Audrey continued, “If not for many of the people in this room, this remarkable early progress could not be made.”

Audrey provided guests with an update on the progress being made with The “New” Valley Hospital. The comprehensive health and wellness facililty in Paramus will be conveniently located to serve the community, will be built with single-patient rooms, and will include an explansive amount of green space. “The New Valley Hospital will allow Valley to continue providing exceptional healthcare with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, while strengthening our community and helping people and families live healthier lives,” Audrey explained.

David Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Valley Hospital Foundation, discussed the extraordinary donor support towards the construction of The New Valley Hospital in Paramus, and expressed his gratitude for their early contributions. “Your response has been outstanding, and demonstrates the significance that this project will have in providing our community with quality healthcare for generations to come,” Bohan stated.

In appreciation for each of their leadership gifts, recognition awards were presented to the following:

  • Members of The Valley Hospital Medical Staff represented by: Rakesh Sharma, M.D, David Montgomery, M.D., Steven Waxenbaum, M.D., and Ahmad Chaudhry, M.D.
  • Charley Shotmeyer
  • Valley Emergency Room Associates, P.A. represented by George Becker, III, M.D. and Marc Dreier, M.D.
  • Janet Hunt
  • Martha and Peter Marron
  • Lya and Joseph Pfeifer
The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Illuminates the "Tree of Light"
7/5/2019

The Tree of Light Committee

December 14, 2018 Ridgewood, New Jersey

On Sunday, December 2nd, supporters gathered in the Shotmeyer Lobby of The Valley Hospital to celebrate the Tree of Light Ceremony, a time honored annual event that has been a Valley favorite since 1989.

While guests enjoyed the music provided by the Ridgewood High School carolers, voices and string ensemble, some paged through The Remembrance Book. The Tree of Light and Reflecting Pool, located just outside the lobby, showcased hundreds of white lights to represent the memory of someone special, celebrate a birth, wish someone well, or honor an exceptional person. All proceeds from this event benefit the Auxiliary’s $1.5 million pledge to Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment.

“As we light the tree tonight, I invite you to reflect on your importance to Valley,” said David J. Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation. Referring to the 730 lights that illuminate The Valley Hospital entrance, he continued, “Just like the tree, Valley Health System has become brighter – and better – through the support of our community. You have helped Valley become the world-class healthcare provider it is today.”

These lights will continue to shine throughout the holiday season.

Peter Diestel, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Valley Health System; Sandy Carapezza, Director of Development of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Mary Seminara, Chair of The Tree of Light Ceremony; Jean Meloro, President of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Hosts "An Unforgettable Night" at The Legacy Castle
7/5/2019

The Valley Ball Committee

December 11, 2018 Ridgewood, New Jersey On Friday, November 16th, more than 340 Valley supporters gathered in black tie attire to celebrate “An Unforgettable Night” – The Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s 72nd Annual Valley Ball. This time-honored event took place at the storybook setting of The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains. Approximately $200,000 was raised towards The Auxiliary’s $1.5 million pledge designated to two areas – Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment.

The Valley Ball co-chairs, Denise Downey, Carol Gillespie and Elaine Heimberger, delivered the welcoming remarks, recognized the sponsors and donors, and encouraged guests to dine and enjoy dance music performed by Escapade from Craig Scott Entertainment.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, thanked the Auxiliary for their dedication throughout the years, and acknowledged their most recent fundraising efforts that have generated $1.2 million towards their goal.

“In this season of giving thanks, please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation for helping Valley provide outstanding care and service to our community,” Meyers said.
Then, she gave tribute to an Auxilian and Vice President of Facilities Management at Valley, Maria Mediago, who is retiring in 2019 after a sixteen-year career at Valley.

Throughout its long history, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $18.5 million in support of much-needed healthcare programs and services that have touched thousands of Valley’s patients and their families. It consists of more than 800 members, and works to fulfill the threefold mission: to raise funds for special projects, provide volunteer service, and serve as a community liaison.

This event is one of many fundraisers organized by the Auxiliary volunteers to reach the fundraising goal. This donation designated to Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment demonstrates their loyal support of Valley’s mission.

Women For Health Funding to Create Valley 3D Printing Lab
7/5/2019

Danielle Gaglioti, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Valley’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Department and Associate Chair for Valley Medical Group Cardiology; Dr. Himanshu Gupta, National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher; David J. Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Julie Epstein, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation

 

Ridgewood, New Jersey November 26, 2018 On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, more than 60 Women For Health (WFH) members gathered at The Hill, Michelin-star Chef Ben Pollinger’s new restaurant in Closter, for their Annual Meeting to vote on the designation of their collective gift to Valley. Since its inception in 2011, total donations from Women for Health have amounted to more than $900,000. This year, the WFH members allocate their collective gift to establish a cutting edge 3-Dimensional (3D) Printing Core Lab Program at The Valley Hospital.

Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Director of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, leads a team of electrophysiologists who are recognized for their inter-disciplinary management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Creating and printing patient-specific models allows clinicians to look at a patient’s specific anatomy and practice on the customized model prior to surgery.

“The use of this modern technology is helping us be better prepared for procedures such as left atrial appendage closure which can significantly reduce surgery time and lead to better outcomes,” Dr. Mittal says.

3D printing is a novel technology proven to be exceptionally helpful in enhancing diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, especially in the management for cardiovascular interventions, neurosurgical interventions, orthotics and prosthetics. It creates an increased understanding of complex anatomical relationships, and allows healthcare workers to stay innovative by adding an additional layer of patient-specific care.

Establishing a 3D Printing Core Lab program at Valley will have a tremendous and immediate impact on the management of many disciplines. Valley’s robust advanced cardiac imaging program is under the leadership of Dr. Himanshu Gupta, a National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher with knowledge of advanced analytical techniques for successful implementation of the 3D imaging program.

“With the installation of a 3D printing lab at Valley, we will be in a position to offer cutting-edge solutions which currently are restricted to limited centers (in the country),” Dr. Gupta says. “This will enhance patient understanding of their disease process and improve planning for invasive procedures for the best clinical outcomes."

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health has grown from 30 charter members to its current membership of more than 160 women, primarily from Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to assist Valley Health System in providing the best possible healthcare. Each year the members gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of female philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org. 

7th Annual Scramble Fore the NICU Golf Outing
7/5/2019

Scramble Fore the NICU Golf Committee for 2018: Andrew Chalhoub, Joe Perkins and Aaron Cavallario

Ridgewood, New Jersey September 28, 2018 September 18th, enthusiastic golfers gathered at Soldier Hill Golf Course in Emerson for the 7th Annual Scramble Fore the NICU golf outing. The event was organized by Joe Perkins and Lori and Aaron Cavallario, whohad children cared for in Valley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

“My wife and I are so grateful to Valley, and all the staff in the NICU. They saved my daughter’s life,” said Joe Perkins, Chairman of this year’s golf outing and father of 18-month-old NICU graduate, Kennedy Perkins. “This event helps to raise funds that will help other parents continue to experience this high-quality, compassionate care. That’s why we participate!”

To date, this event has raised over $133,000 which includes this most recent outing having generated over $18,000 for Valley’s NICU. Tickets were sold for $175 per golfer, which included 18 holes of golf and lunch with prizes and a tricky tray raffle. The tournament sponsor was Ernst & Young.

The Valley Hospital’s 15-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Ridgewood, NJ has been designated by the State of New Jersey as a Level III nursery, a designation given to neonatal units able to provide the highest level of care for the highest-risk mothers and acutely ill newborns. Comprehensive medical care is provided by board-certified neonatologists, who are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

NICU Families Reunite to "Wish Upon the NICU Stars"
7/5/2019

5th Annual NICU Fashion Show Committee Members

Ridgewood, New Jersey, May 30, 2019 – The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the members of Valley’s NICU Patient Family Support Program hosted the 5th annual Fashion Show and Tricky Tray, themed “Wish Upon the NICU Stars”. The event took place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at The Venetian in Garfield, where approximately 500 guests gathered raising more than $35,000 for Valley’s NICU fund.

The honoree of the evening was Suzanne Milkiewicz-Bryjak, a devoted member of The Valley Hospital NICU team who was instrumental in the establishment of Valley’s NICU Family Support Program, a unique Valley service which brings current and past NICU families together to navigate through the NICU journey. Dr. Carmela Pané, Director of Neonatology at The Valley Hospital imparted “This program would not have been possible if not for the passion of tonight’s honoree, Suzanne Bryjak. Without her vision, our NICU Patient Family Support Program and this event would never have taken off and become all that it is today.”

The NICU Fashion show was made possible through the hard work of the Event Committee Chairs, including Committee Chairs Carla Marzano-Lindemulder and Lisa Parker. Also, a dedicated team of committee members volunteered, including Susan Bakalarczyk, Wendy Bruffy, Christine Bonamarte, Sandy Carapezza, Kylene Cognetta, Becky Cortese, Sean Dabney, Heather Doherty, Maggy Diaz, Patrice Duker, Lisa Johnson, Danielle Lawson, Peishan Lo, Erica Lui, RN, Nidhi Mehta, Liana Merjanian, Diana Mikula, Fran Miller, RNC BSN, Kourtney Moscarello, Agatha Palko, Jaclyn Passanante, Renee Pellegrino, Jane Salmon, Dawn Samphel, Trisha Sullivan, Colleen Washburn, Marissa Vradenburg, and Marie Vogel.

For more than 30 years The Valley Hospital NICU has cared for infants and their families in the community, offering comprehensive neonatal services to babies requiring specialized care. Valley’s dedicated staff provides the highest quality of care while providing hope as they walk every step with the family members through the NICU journey.

Valley Welcomes Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman at the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon
7/5/2019

Ridgewood, New Jersey May 31, 2019 On Wednesday, May 8th, Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut, and speaker Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman captivated an audience of more than 200 women philanthropists at the Edgewood Country Club as part of the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon. Co-chairs Julie Epstein and Danielle Gaglioti, trustees of The Valley Hospital Foundation, welcomed guests and showed a brief video illustrating the impact of the group’s previous gifts to Valley.

Since it was established in 2011, the members of Women For Health have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to support programs and services across Valley Health System. “The $1,000 annual gift from each member has brought our group to new heights in philanthropy,” Mrs. Gaglioti announced. “This year we expect our cumulative nine years of collaborative giving to touch the stars when we exceed $1 million!”

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System, shared the latest plans for The New Valley Hospital in Paramus. “With the help of forward-thinking friends, like the members of Women For Health, we have made significant progress in making The New Valley Hospital in Paramus a reality.”

Audrey welcomed keynote speaker, scientist, wife, mother, pilot, musician, and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman. With more than 180 days in space over the course of three missions, Dr. “Cady” Coleman spoke about her journeys into space. Projecting images of the crew in space and on earth, Dr. Coleman highlighted the importance of relationships, the effect of collaboration and the impact of working as a united team.

As Dr. Coleman showed a photo of her crew weightless in space, she said “sometimes, it’s difficult to determine what’s right side up, and what’s upside down.” Then, gracefully shifting the discussion to a life lesson, she encouraged the audience to “look at things from a different angle, because doing so can give you a very valuable viewpoint.”

Through their social and philanthropic contributions to Valley Health System, the members of Women For Health assist Valley in providing the best possible healthcare. Each fall, they gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of women philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.

The NewValley Hospital Announcement Photos
7/4/2019

$35 Million in Gifts to Valley is Cause for Celebration

Ridgewood, New Jersey  August 16, 2018 - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 was a celebratory morning at Valley Health System when Audrey Meyers, President & CEO, announced that two extraordinary gifts totaling $35 million to the Valley Hospital Foundation were made in support of The New Valley Hospital in Paramus.  The gifts include $20 million from a long-time Valley supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, and $15 million from The Bolger Foundation, which was established by philanthropist David F. Bolger, another long-time Valley benefactor. 

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The New Valley Hospital
7/4/2019

August 15, 2018, Ridgewood, New Jersey - Valley's plans to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Paramus received a significant boost, with two gifts totaling $35 million to The Valley Hospital Foundation. The gifts include $20 million from a long-time Valley supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, and $15 million from The Bolger Foundation, which was established by philanthropist David F. Bolger, another long-time Valley benefactor.

"These gifts represent a tremendous start to our philanthropic efforts to support the project and we are very grateful to these donors for their generosity," said David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation. "Building the new hospital is an important chapter in Valley's history, as it will ensure that Valley can continue to meet the healthcare needs of the community as it has since the 1950s."

"These generous donations, along with other gifts already received, represent a noteworthy start to our effort to seek community support for the new hospital," Bohan said. "We look forward to working with donors at every level of giving to make the new Valley Hospital in Paramus a reality."

These gifts represent a tremendous start to our philanthropic efforts to support the project and we are very grateful to these donors for their generosity.

—David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation.

In January of last year, Valley announced plans to develop a new hospital that will be part of a comprehensive healthcare campus developed on over 40 acres off Winters Avenue in Paramus. The new hospital will be co-located with Valley's same-day-surgery, oncology and outpatient women's and children's services.

"With the help of these very generous gifts, Valley looks to build on its tradition of exceptional care and compassionate service by building a new, modern, state-of-the-art hospital," said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System. "By incorporating a range of outpatient services, as well as the new hospital, our Paramus campus will serve as a convenient health and wellness destination for the area." Speaking on behalf of the donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Bohan said," This gift was given out of loyalty and support of Valley and of this important project, and to send a message that philanthropic support of this project is essential." "We are pleased to be able to extend this gift in support of the new hospital," said J.T. Bolger, Treasurer of The Bolger Foundation. "David Bolger has one guiding philanthropic principle: he wants to ensure his generosity enhances the quality of life of all citizens. By making this gift, The Bolger Foundation continues our longstanding support of Valley Health System and the community."

To stay updated with the latest news about The "New" Valley Hospital, visit our website at TheNewValleyHospital.com.

With the help of these very generous gifts, Valley looks to build on its tradition of exceptional care and compassionate service by building a new, modern, state-of-the-art hospital.

—Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System.

To learn about giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation directly at 201-291-6300 or email VHF@ValleyHospitalFoundation.org or Support This Project

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Valley Breaks Ground on New, State-of-the-Art Hospital in Paramus

 
(Left to Right) Elias Tsoukas, M.D.;Martha and Peter Marron; Jim and Nancy Bush; Stefanie and Adam Hawkinson; Audrey and Bob Luckow; Ellen Forlenza; Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman, Valley Health System Board of Trustees; U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation; Sue and Victor D. Wortmann, Chairman, The Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees; Charlie and Sue Snyder; J. T., Theo, and Bevin Bolger; Jean Meloro, President of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary; Marilyn Clark; Bob and Carol Gillespie; Joe and Lya Pfeifer. See more photos.

Donning hard hats and carrying shovels, Valley Health System leadership; philanthropic supporters; community members; and federal, state and local elected officials came together on Friday, November 1, to break ground on The Valley Hospital’s new, state-of-the-art, 372-bed healthcare facility in Paramus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer and Bill Pascrell, Bergen County Executive James Tedesco and Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera were among the elected officials on hand to show their support for the new hospital.

“As we celebrate the groundbreaking of the new hospital, we are also proud to affirm our commitment to providing groundbreaking care,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “The design of the new hospital will enhance our ability to deliver high-quality care and service, with the personal touch for which Valley is so well known.”

The new Valley Hospital, which was first announced in 2017, will be located on Winters Avenue in Paramus, just 2.5 miles from Valley’s current campus in Ridgewood. It will incorporate the latest innovations and best practices in modern healthcare facility design, with all single-patient rooms to enhance patient privacy, safety and comfort.

The plans for the new hospital also call for the creation of universally sized rooms for surgery and procedures. These rooms will be designed to accommodate the latest high-tech, minimally invasive robotic surgeries and interventional procedures with the flexibility to adapt to different purposes over time.

From the beginning of planning the new hospital, Valley has also made a strong commitment to incorporate environmentally sustainable practices into the construction, operation and maintenance of the new facility, with 20 percent of the site dedicated to open, green space. The facility will incorporate green roofs, which involves growing plants on the facility’s rooftops, to reduce storm water runoff, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the overall look of the hospital for patients and neighbors.

“This new hospital will allow us to raise the bar in all that we do,” said Meyers. “It will revolutionize how we deliver extraordinary healthcare, strengthen our ability to help people in our community live healthier lives, and provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to changes in healthcare delivery.”

Vic Wortmann, Chairman of the Valley Hospital Foundation, thanked all donors, and in particular those present that have made significant gifts.  “I would like to recognize and personally thank our leadership donors for stepping forward to provide support for our new hospital,” Wortmann said. As of the groundbreaking, donors had generously donated more than $60 million in support of the new hospital.

David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation, also thanked donors, while encouraging ongoing support. “We will continue to count on families, community leaders, and organizations to provide philanthropic support for this vital project. Each dollar is a vote for Valley’s future in this region.”

“We are extremely proud that for close to 70 years Valley has a distinguished legacy of serving and caring for our community,” said Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman of the Valley Health System Board of Trustees. “Today, we build on that legacy by beginning a new and important chapter right here in Paramus.”

Many elected officials added their praise of Valley and the new hospital.  “When The Valley Hospital opens its doors in Paramus, it will provide access to outstanding healthcare and will benefit everyone who calls Paramus home – families, children, seniors, and our business community,” said Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera. “The new hospital will be an economic engine for our entire community – revitalizing an aging, industrial section of our town, helping homeowners by diversifying our commercial tax base, and transforming Paramus into the healthcare hub of the state. That is why I have proudly supported this project from the beginning.”

“I applaud your commitment to The Valley Hospital’s legacy of delivering high-quality and compassionate health care,” said NJ Governor Phil Murphy. “You don’t reach milestones like this by accident. You achieve them through constant progress and consistent performance. You achieve them through visionary leadership. You achieve them by having a generous philanthropic community and equally committed local officials and community leaders, all of whom understand the value and importance of a hospital to the families it serves. In each of these areas, Valley has it, and then some.”

“Today is a good day for everyone committed to building a healthier community and providing New Jerseyans with top-notch medical care,” said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy. “For families, the value of having access to top-notch medical care so close cannot be overstated. Whether you’re a parent with a child running a high fever in the middle of the night or a patient in need of expertise when faced with a difficult diagnosis, it means a great deal to have a trusted provider like Valley Hospital as your neighbor. And beyond expanding access to high-quality care, today’s groundbreaking is a big win for Paramus and for jobs in our local economy.”

“I am excited about the potential for Valley’s new, modern hospital to transform care for our residents and bolster our economy by supporting local businesses and bringing good jobs to northern New Jersey,” said Representative Gottheimer.

“This facility will serve North Jersey very well. The positive effects of adding a state-of-the-art hospital are profound, in the form of creating thousands of jobs as well as stimulating our local economy,” said Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr., a longtime champion of increased health care options and services. “But most important, expanding on its existing roots in Paramus, Valley will provide for the unique needs of our community. Its very presence will increase access to high-quality healthcare programs and services for local residents. Because at the end of the day, nothing is more vital than our health and the health of our families, and this hospital will do so much to provide that future.”

“This is a milestone day for Bergen County,” said County Executive Tedesco. “Valley’s commitment to the community has been unwavering, and this exciting project will not only provide greater access to healthcare for the residents of Bergen County, but will also strengthen our local economy by creating new jobs. Bergen County is well on its way to becoming the healthcare hub of the state.”

The new hospital will be the centerpiece of Valley’s healthcare campus in Paramus. On the western side of Winters Ave. are the Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion (which houses the hospital’s comprehensive cancer and same-day-surgery centers) and the former Children’s Museum. A campus on the eastern side of Winters Ave. will include the new hospital building, a parking garage and 140 E. Ridgewood Ave, which houses women’s and children’s services. The combined campuses equal 39.59 acres total land area. 

Moving inpatient and emergency services to Paramus will allow Valley to repurpose its current campus in Ridgewood for a broad range of healthcare services, including an urgent-care center, and laboratory, radiology and endoscopy services. In addition, Valley plans to consolidate existing ambulatory and outpatient services and health system business functions back to the Ridgewood campus.

The new facility will cost an estimated $800 million and will be funded through the issuance of bonds, hospital equity, and philanthropic contributions. Valley anticipates that the new hospital could open as early as 2023.

Left to Right: U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III

Left to Right: Frank Sheehy, Vice Chairman, Valley Health System Board of Trustees; U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell; U.S Representative Josh Gottheimer; U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy; Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation; Sue and Victor D. Wortmann, Chairman, The Valley Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

Left to Right: Audrey Meyers, President and CEO, Valley Health System; Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera; Bergen County Executive James Tedesco, III; Council Member Borough of Paramus Holly-Tedesco Santos.




 
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Friday, November 08, 2019 11:54:00 AM

Breast Cancer Survivorship and Optimizing Health After Diagnosis

 

On October 3rd, 70 of Valley’s grateful oncology patients and generous donors attended a dinner hosted by The Valley Hospital Foundation at the Bacari Grill in Washington Township.  As they dined, they were also treated to an engaging presentation titled “Breast Cancer Survivorship and Optimizing Health After Diagnosis” by Valley’s Head of Breast Medical Oncology, Dr. Eleonora Teplinsky. 

“Valley’s goal is to create survivorship programs to educate and empower patients and to provide them with necessary resources and referrals,” Dr. Teplinsky said, and gave an engaging talk about the many different aspects of cancer survivorship.

Cancer survivors are faced with unique physical, emotional and financial challenges after a diagnosis that span far beyond the side effects from the standard breast cancer treatments. Dr. Teplinsky explained the importance of maintaining good health, and focused on bone health and osteoporosis, the relationship between cancer and cardiovascular disease, physical fitness and nutrition.

With each cancer survivor challenge she discussed, Dr. Teplinsky explained Valley’s unique services designed to address them.  The Bone Health Clinic at the Valley-Mount Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Care is run each month by Dr. Adam Kelman, the Chief of Endocrinology at Valley Medical Group.  Twice a month at the Luckow Pavilion, a Cardio-Oncology Clinic is run by three cardiologists with expertise in cardio-oncology. Every Thursday at 7am at Veterans Field behind the Ridgewood Public Library, Valley physicians walk for 30 minutes with patients and their families in a new program called Valley Walks. Another solution for maintaining a good exercise regimen is Valley Health LifeStyles at the Valley Center for Health and Wellness, which offers patients a world-class health and fitness center with three pools, a whirlpool, the latest strength and cardio equipment, and group exercise studios.

The Valley Hospital is well known for its cancer care, and Valley’s cancer care teams have earned more Gold Seals of Approval for cancer care from The Joint Commission than any other hospital in the country. The goal of Valley’s Breast Cancer Program is to expand on services already offered and to develop new programs that allow Valley to provide the best possible comprehensive care for patients and their families. For more information visit https://www.valleyhealth.com/services/breast-cancer-program

 


Thursday, October 31, 2019 9:04:00 AM

Foundation Hosts an Event at The James Beard House in NYC

March 29, 2019, Ridgewood, New Jersey

On the evening of Wednesday, March 20th, The Valley Hospital Foundation hosted a reception at the renowned James Beard House. Guests enjoyed an interactive cocktail hour with Chef David Burke, followed by a four-course dinner. Audrey Meyers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valley Health System shared the vision for the future regarding the New Valley Hospital in Paramus.

Dr. Scott Agins, Chef David Burke and Audrey Meyers, President & CEO of Valley Health System

James Bush, Chef David Burke, and Nancy Bush

Chef David Burke, Frank and Brenda Gallagher

Mary and Robert Wortmann, Susan and Vic Wortmann, Kay and William Yeomans, and Terrie O'Connor 


Monday, July 15, 2019 3:29:00 PM

The Valley Hospital Foundation Honors Leaders in Philanthropy

David Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Valley Hospital Foundation, Charley Shotmeyer, and Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System

On Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30pm, the Valley Hospital Foundation hosted its 18th Annual Leadership Reception at The Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. More than 100 leadership donors and guests were in attendance.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System, welcomed guests and thanked them for their support. “We had a wonderful start to our efforts to raise support for the New Valley Hospital in Paramus. To date, we have raised over fifty-two million dollars.” Audrey continued, “If not for many of the people in this room, this remarkable early progress could not be made.”

Audrey provided guests with an update on the progress being made with The “New” Valley Hospital. The comprehensive health and wellness facililty in Paramus will be conveniently located to serve the community, will be built with single-patient rooms, and will include an explansive amount of green space. “The New Valley Hospital will allow Valley to continue providing exceptional healthcare with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, while strengthening our community and helping people and families live healthier lives,” Audrey explained.

David Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of the Valley Hospital Foundation, discussed the extraordinary donor support towards the construction of The New Valley Hospital in Paramus, and expressed his gratitude for their early contributions. “Your response has been outstanding, and demonstrates the significance that this project will have in providing our community with quality healthcare for generations to come,” Bohan stated.

In appreciation for each of their leadership gifts, recognition awards were presented to the following:

  • Members of The Valley Hospital Medical Staff represented by: Rakesh Sharma, M.D, David Montgomery, M.D., Steven Waxenbaum, M.D., and Ahmad Chaudhry, M.D.
  • Charley Shotmeyer
  • Valley Emergency Room Associates, P.A. represented by George Becker, III, M.D. and Marc Dreier, M.D.
  • Janet Hunt
  • Martha and Peter Marron
  • Lya and Joseph Pfeifer

Monday, July 15, 2019 3:27:00 PM

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Illuminates the "Tree of Light"

The Tree of Light Committee

December 14, 2018 Ridgewood, New Jersey

On Sunday, December 2nd, supporters gathered in the Shotmeyer Lobby of The Valley Hospital to celebrate the Tree of Light Ceremony, a time honored annual event that has been a Valley favorite since 1989.

While guests enjoyed the music provided by the Ridgewood High School carolers, voices and string ensemble, some paged through The Remembrance Book. The Tree of Light and Reflecting Pool, located just outside the lobby, showcased hundreds of white lights to represent the memory of someone special, celebrate a birth, wish someone well, or honor an exceptional person. All proceeds from this event benefit the Auxiliary’s $1.5 million pledge to Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment.

“As we light the tree tonight, I invite you to reflect on your importance to Valley,” said David J. Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation. Referring to the 730 lights that illuminate The Valley Hospital entrance, he continued, “Just like the tree, Valley Health System has become brighter – and better – through the support of our community. You have helped Valley become the world-class healthcare provider it is today.”

These lights will continue to shine throughout the holiday season.

Peter Diestel, Senior Vice President of Administration and Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Valley Health System; Sandy Carapezza, Director of Development of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Mary Seminara, Chair of The Tree of Light Ceremony; Jean Meloro, President of The Valley Hospital Auxiliary; David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation


Friday, July 05, 2019 7:04:00 PM

The Valley Hospital Auxiliary Hosts "An Unforgettable Night" at The Legacy Castle

The Valley Ball Committee

December 11, 2018 Ridgewood, New Jersey On Friday, November 16th, more than 340 Valley supporters gathered in black tie attire to celebrate “An Unforgettable Night” – The Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s 72nd Annual Valley Ball. This time-honored event took place at the storybook setting of The Legacy Castle in Pompton Plains. Approximately $200,000 was raised towards The Auxiliary’s $1.5 million pledge designated to two areas – Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment.

The Valley Ball co-chairs, Denise Downey, Carol Gillespie and Elaine Heimberger, delivered the welcoming remarks, recognized the sponsors and donors, and encouraged guests to dine and enjoy dance music performed by Escapade from Craig Scott Entertainment.

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, thanked the Auxiliary for their dedication throughout the years, and acknowledged their most recent fundraising efforts that have generated $1.2 million towards their goal.

“In this season of giving thanks, please accept my sincere gratitude and appreciation for helping Valley provide outstanding care and service to our community,” Meyers said.
Then, she gave tribute to an Auxilian and Vice President of Facilities Management at Valley, Maria Mediago, who is retiring in 2019 after a sixteen-year career at Valley.

Throughout its long history, The Valley Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $18.5 million in support of much-needed healthcare programs and services that have touched thousands of Valley’s patients and their families. It consists of more than 800 members, and works to fulfill the threefold mission: to raise funds for special projects, provide volunteer service, and serve as a community liaison.

This event is one of many fundraisers organized by the Auxiliary volunteers to reach the fundraising goal. This donation designated to Valley Medical Group’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Program and Valley Home Care’s Butterflies endowment demonstrates their loyal support of Valley’s mission.


Friday, July 05, 2019 7:04:00 PM

Women For Health Funding to Create Valley 3D Printing Lab

Danielle Gaglioti, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Valley’s Cardiac Electrophysiology Department and Associate Chair for Valley Medical Group Cardiology; Dr. Himanshu Gupta, National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher; David J. Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation; Julie Epstein, Co-chair of Women For Health and Trustee of The Valley Hospital Foundation

 

Ridgewood, New Jersey November 26, 2018 On Wednesday, November 7, 2018, more than 60 Women For Health (WFH) members gathered at The Hill, Michelin-star Chef Ben Pollinger’s new restaurant in Closter, for their Annual Meeting to vote on the designation of their collective gift to Valley. Since its inception in 2011, total donations from Women for Health have amounted to more than $900,000. This year, the WFH members allocate their collective gift to establish a cutting edge 3-Dimensional (3D) Printing Core Lab Program at The Valley Hospital.

Dr. Suneet Mittal, head of Cardiac Electrophysiology and Director of the Snyder Center for Comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation, leads a team of electrophysiologists who are recognized for their inter-disciplinary management of patients with atrial fibrillation. Creating and printing patient-specific models allows clinicians to look at a patient’s specific anatomy and practice on the customized model prior to surgery.

“The use of this modern technology is helping us be better prepared for procedures such as left atrial appendage closure which can significantly reduce surgery time and lead to better outcomes,” Dr. Mittal says.

3D printing is a novel technology proven to be exceptionally helpful in enhancing diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, especially in the management for cardiovascular interventions, neurosurgical interventions, orthotics and prosthetics. It creates an increased understanding of complex anatomical relationships, and allows healthcare workers to stay innovative by adding an additional layer of patient-specific care.

Establishing a 3D Printing Core Lab program at Valley will have a tremendous and immediate impact on the management of many disciplines. Valley’s robust advanced cardiac imaging program is under the leadership of Dr. Himanshu Gupta, a National Institute of Health-funded clinician researcher with knowledge of advanced analytical techniques for successful implementation of the 3D imaging program.

“With the installation of a 3D printing lab at Valley, we will be in a position to offer cutting-edge solutions which currently are restricted to limited centers (in the country),” Dr. Gupta says. “This will enhance patient understanding of their disease process and improve planning for invasive procedures for the best clinical outcomes."

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health has grown from 30 charter members to its current membership of more than 160 women, primarily from Bergen, Passaic and Rockland Counties. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to assist Valley Health System in providing the best possible healthcare. Each year the members gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of female philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org. 


Friday, July 05, 2019 7:03:00 PM

7th Annual Scramble Fore the NICU Golf Outing

Scramble Fore the NICU Golf Committee for 2018: Andrew Chalhoub, Joe Perkins and Aaron Cavallario

Ridgewood, New Jersey September 28, 2018 September 18th, enthusiastic golfers gathered at Soldier Hill Golf Course in Emerson for the 7th Annual Scramble Fore the NICU golf outing. The event was organized by Joe Perkins and Lori and Aaron Cavallario, whohad children cared for in Valley’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). 

“My wife and I are so grateful to Valley, and all the staff in the NICU. They saved my daughter’s life,” said Joe Perkins, Chairman of this year’s golf outing and father of 18-month-old NICU graduate, Kennedy Perkins. “This event helps to raise funds that will help other parents continue to experience this high-quality, compassionate care. That’s why we participate!”

To date, this event has raised over $133,000 which includes this most recent outing having generated over $18,000 for Valley’s NICU. Tickets were sold for $175 per golfer, which included 18 holes of golf and lunch with prizes and a tricky tray raffle. The tournament sponsor was Ernst & Young.

The Valley Hospital’s 15-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Ridgewood, NJ has been designated by the State of New Jersey as a Level III nursery, a designation given to neonatal units able to provide the highest level of care for the highest-risk mothers and acutely ill newborns. Comprehensive medical care is provided by board-certified neonatologists, who are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.


Friday, July 05, 2019 7:02:00 PM

NICU Families Reunite to "Wish Upon the NICU Stars"

5th Annual NICU Fashion Show Committee Members

Ridgewood, New Jersey, May 30, 2019 – The Valley Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the members of Valley’s NICU Patient Family Support Program hosted the 5th annual Fashion Show and Tricky Tray, themed “Wish Upon the NICU Stars”. The event took place on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at The Venetian in Garfield, where approximately 500 guests gathered raising more than $35,000 for Valley’s NICU fund.

The honoree of the evening was Suzanne Milkiewicz-Bryjak, a devoted member of The Valley Hospital NICU team who was instrumental in the establishment of Valley’s NICU Family Support Program, a unique Valley service which brings current and past NICU families together to navigate through the NICU journey. Dr. Carmela Pané, Director of Neonatology at The Valley Hospital imparted “This program would not have been possible if not for the passion of tonight’s honoree, Suzanne Bryjak. Without her vision, our NICU Patient Family Support Program and this event would never have taken off and become all that it is today.”

The NICU Fashion show was made possible through the hard work of the Event Committee Chairs, including Committee Chairs Carla Marzano-Lindemulder and Lisa Parker. Also, a dedicated team of committee members volunteered, including Susan Bakalarczyk, Wendy Bruffy, Christine Bonamarte, Sandy Carapezza, Kylene Cognetta, Becky Cortese, Sean Dabney, Heather Doherty, Maggy Diaz, Patrice Duker, Lisa Johnson, Danielle Lawson, Peishan Lo, Erica Lui, RN, Nidhi Mehta, Liana Merjanian, Diana Mikula, Fran Miller, RNC BSN, Kourtney Moscarello, Agatha Palko, Jaclyn Passanante, Renee Pellegrino, Jane Salmon, Dawn Samphel, Trisha Sullivan, Colleen Washburn, Marissa Vradenburg, and Marie Vogel.

For more than 30 years The Valley Hospital NICU has cared for infants and their families in the community, offering comprehensive neonatal services to babies requiring specialized care. Valley’s dedicated staff provides the highest quality of care while providing hope as they walk every step with the family members through the NICU journey.


Friday, July 05, 2019 7:01:00 PM

Valley Welcomes Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut Dr. Cady Coleman at the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon

Ridgewood, New Jersey May 31, 2019 On Wednesday, May 8th, Colonel, USAF Retired Astronaut, and speaker Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman captivated an audience of more than 200 women philanthropists at the Edgewood Country Club as part of the 9th Annual Women For Health Spring Luncheon. Co-chairs Julie Epstein and Danielle Gaglioti, trustees of The Valley Hospital Foundation, welcomed guests and showed a brief video illustrating the impact of the group’s previous gifts to Valley.

Since it was established in 2011, the members of Women For Health have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to support programs and services across Valley Health System. “The $1,000 annual gift from each member has brought our group to new heights in philanthropy,” Mrs. Gaglioti announced. “This year we expect our cumulative nine years of collaborative giving to touch the stars when we exceed $1 million!”

Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System, shared the latest plans for The New Valley Hospital in Paramus. “With the help of forward-thinking friends, like the members of Women For Health, we have made significant progress in making The New Valley Hospital in Paramus a reality.”

Audrey welcomed keynote speaker, scientist, wife, mother, pilot, musician, and recently retired NASA astronaut Dr. Catherine Grace Coleman. With more than 180 days in space over the course of three missions, Dr. “Cady” Coleman spoke about her journeys into space. Projecting images of the crew in space and on earth, Dr. Coleman highlighted the importance of relationships, the effect of collaboration and the impact of working as a united team.

As Dr. Coleman showed a photo of her crew weightless in space, she said “sometimes, it’s difficult to determine what’s right side up, and what’s upside down.” Then, gracefully shifting the discussion to a life lesson, she encouraged the audience to “look at things from a different angle, because doing so can give you a very valuable viewpoint.”

Through their social and philanthropic contributions to Valley Health System, the members of Women For Health assist Valley in providing the best possible healthcare. Each fall, they gather to hear presentations on three funding opportunities at Valley and then vote to determine which program will receive their collective gift.

If you are interested in becoming a member of this unique group of women philanthropists, please contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.


Friday, July 05, 2019 6:02:00 PM

The NewValley Hospital Announcement Photos

$35 Million in Gifts to Valley is Cause for Celebration

Ridgewood, New Jersey  August 16, 2018 - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 was a celebratory morning at Valley Health System when Audrey Meyers, President & CEO, announced that two extraordinary gifts totaling $35 million to the Valley Hospital Foundation were made in support of The New Valley Hospital in Paramus.  The gifts include $20 million from a long-time Valley supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, and $15 million from The Bolger Foundation, which was established by philanthropist David F. Bolger, another long-time Valley benefactor. 

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[Click to see announcement on YouTube]


Thursday, July 04, 2019 6:00:00 PM

The New Valley Hospital

August 15, 2018, Ridgewood, New Jersey - Valley's plans to build a new, state-of-the-art hospital in Paramus received a significant boost, with two gifts totaling $35 million to The Valley Hospital Foundation. The gifts include $20 million from a long-time Valley supporter who wishes to remain anonymous, and $15 million from The Bolger Foundation, which was established by philanthropist David F. Bolger, another long-time Valley benefactor.

"These gifts represent a tremendous start to our philanthropic efforts to support the project and we are very grateful to these donors for their generosity," said David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation. "Building the new hospital is an important chapter in Valley's history, as it will ensure that Valley can continue to meet the healthcare needs of the community as it has since the 1950s."

"These generous donations, along with other gifts already received, represent a noteworthy start to our effort to seek community support for the new hospital," Bohan said. "We look forward to working with donors at every level of giving to make the new Valley Hospital in Paramus a reality."

These gifts represent a tremendous start to our philanthropic efforts to support the project and we are very grateful to these donors for their generosity.

—David Bohan, Vice President and Chief Development Officer, The Valley Hospital Foundation.

In January of last year, Valley announced plans to develop a new hospital that will be part of a comprehensive healthcare campus developed on over 40 acres off Winters Avenue in Paramus. The new hospital will be co-located with Valley's same-day-surgery, oncology and outpatient women's and children's services.

"With the help of these very generous gifts, Valley looks to build on its tradition of exceptional care and compassionate service by building a new, modern, state-of-the-art hospital," said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System. "By incorporating a range of outpatient services, as well as the new hospital, our Paramus campus will serve as a convenient health and wellness destination for the area." Speaking on behalf of the donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Bohan said," This gift was given out of loyalty and support of Valley and of this important project, and to send a message that philanthropic support of this project is essential." "We are pleased to be able to extend this gift in support of the new hospital," said J.T. Bolger, Treasurer of The Bolger Foundation. "David Bolger has one guiding philanthropic principle: he wants to ensure his generosity enhances the quality of life of all citizens. By making this gift, The Bolger Foundation continues our longstanding support of Valley Health System and the community."

To stay updated with the latest news about The "New" Valley Hospital, visit our website at TheNewValleyHospital.com.

With the help of these very generous gifts, Valley looks to build on its tradition of exceptional care and compassionate service by building a new, modern, state-of-the-art hospital.

—Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of Valley Health System.

To learn about giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation directly at 201-291-6300 or email VHF@ValleyHospitalFoundation.org or Support This Project


Thursday, July 04, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Supporters just like you help to make a difference every day.

Supporters just like you help to make a difference every day.