“Give Thanks For The Gift Of Life” Honors Cancer Survivors

From left to right: Mark J. Krasna, M.D.; Dean Q. Lin, MBA, MHA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president, Hackensack Meridian Health; Mike Veracierta, cancer survivor; Lynn Richmond, cancer survivor; Efrain Garcia Romero, cancer survivor; Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-chief executive officer, Hackensack Meridian Health; and Thomas L. Bauer, M.D., interim medical director of Hackensack Meridian Cancer Care. (Photo courtesy Hackensack Meridian Health)

BRICK – Physicians and cancer survivors alike came together to rejoice in the gift of life on Dec. 6 at the Ocean Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center one year anniversary celebration. The “Give Thanks for the Gift of Life” celebration honored the anniversary of the new, high quality Cancer Care Center and all that it has done for its patients, while also honoring its cancer survivors.

At the event, cancer survivors shared their individual stories of trial and triumph over cancer, showing us that life is a gift and it should be cherished. The celebration brought together team members of the Cancer Care Center, physicians, and donors to honor the cancer survivors and listen to their stories.

“We are so honored and privileged to pay tribute to cancer survivors as we commemorate the One Year Anniversary of Ocean Medical Center’s state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer center,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

The cancer survivors not only inspired the doctors and team members at the event, but they also provided words of strength and encouragement to new cancer patients that would be undergoing their own unique journey in the fight against their disease. The survivors wrote down words of inspiration on rocks to be handed down to the patients as a reminder of the strength and endurance it takes to battle cancer.

“‘Give Thanks for the Gift of Life’ celebration is a moving tribute to the patients and families we serve, deepening our commitment to bring humanity back to health care,” said Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “We are extremely focused on supporting our patients and getting them back to the life they love. Patients come to know and rely on our team of experts to provide the guidance, treatment, and support necessary in their personal journey.”

The Ocean Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center is not only innovative in the new technologies and treatment methods used. The Cancer Center is also making a huge effort to bring humanity back to healthcare. This idea is what the “Give Thanks for the Gift of Life” celebration was all about; seeing treatment and cancer through the perspective of the survivors, putting health care professionals in a position to better understand what they go through.

“The new, innovative cancer center brings world-class cancer care for patients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, truly building hope for the residents across our communities,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “Over the past five years, Ocean Medical Center continues to transform into a premier health and wellness destination, putting people at the center of everything we do, redefining the way we deliver care and enhancing the overall patient experience.”

Ranked the eighth best hospital in New Jersey and the 17th in the New York metropolitan area, Ocean Medical Center and its Cancer Care Center have worked hard to provide state-of-the-art technology and a supportive environment for its patients.