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The Valley Hospital Foundation's Women For Health Hosts Luncheon With Integrative Medicine Expert “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq


Audrey Meyers, President & CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System; Danielle Gaglioti, Women for Health Co-Chair; Romila "Dr. Romie" Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, Guest Speaker; Julie Epstein, Women for Health Co-Chair; David Bohan, Vice President & Chief Development Officer of The Valley Hospital Foundation

 Ridgewood, New Jersey May 19, 2017 The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health held its seventh annual Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 10th at Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey.  More than 250 women attended the event eager to learn more about this philanthropic group’s mission to collectively make a difference in medicine. 


The guest speaker was Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, M.D., ABIHM, who is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine.  Dr. Romie helps individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-based illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, and career-burnout.  Her innovative program, Mindset Matters, is based in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness.  

Dr. Romie spoke to the “sisters” gathered by sharing a saying from her Indian culture that when many women are gathered together, healing occurs.  After suffering from career burnout and undergoing life-saving surgery, she traveled around the world learning mindfulness-based techniques, and she now helps individuals achieve brain & mental health holistically.  

Stressing “our minds are strong medicine”, Dr. Romie shared her five steps for starting a mindful practice, which include meditate, breathe, exercise, sleep, and what she referred to as “digital detox”.  She led the guests through an effective and calming breathing exercise and two brief meditations.

The two co-chairs of Women For Health and trustees of The Valley Hospital Foundation, Julie Epstein and Danielle Gaglioti, thanked guests for coming, talked about how past contributions were used within the Valley Health System, and the impact that the Women For Health gifts made to the patients in our community. 

The Valley Hospital Foundation’s new Vice President & Chief Development Officer, David Bohan, also greeted the guests and thanked the women for attending, as did Audrey Meyers, President & CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.  

Audrey touted Valley’s most recent awards, and talked about Valley’s monumental February announcement to build a new hospital campus in Paramus. Additionally, Ms. Meyers shared the compelling grateful words written by a patient who benefitted from Reach For Hope, which was the Valley program supported by Women For Health last year.  Reach For Hope provides financial assistance to women about to undergo treatment for cancer who are eligible for fertility preservation options.  

All guests received a gift from Dr. Romie: a digital download of Dr. Romie’s guided meditation with pieces of decadent chocolate to enjoy.  

Formed in 2011, The Valley Hospital Foundation’s Women For Health is a group of philanthropic women which has grown to 160 women. These women have pooled their social and philanthropic resources to make a collective gift which assists select programs within the Valley Health System. If someone is interested in becoming a member of this unique group of women philanthropists, they should contact Sandy Carapezza at 201-291-6300 or acarape@valleyhospitalfoundation.org.