The 24th Annual Invitational Golf Classic, which was held June 18 at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J., raised a record $185,000 for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Pictured here (from left) at the check presentation are Jerry Murphy, Interim Vice President for Development, RWJ and Executive Director, The RWJ University Hospital Foundation; Dr. Bernie Rineberg, Golf Classic Co-Chair; Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJ; Glenn Mekles, Golf Classic Co-Chair and Vice President, Conner Strong & Buckelew.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The RWJ University Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that $185,000 was raised from the 24th Annual Invitational Golf Classic, which was recently held at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson, N.J.
The event, which attracted 192 golfers, eclipsed last year’s fundraising total and raised the most money since the golf outing’s inception in 1988 to benefit Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH). The funds will be used to help support the expansion of services as well as fund existing programs aimed at providing health education and caring for the community served by the hospital.
Under the leadership of Bernard Rineberg, M.D., a longtime orthopedic surgeon and Board of Directors member at RWJUH, the annual golf outing has raised more than $2 million to support the hospital during its 24-year history. Dr. Rineberg has chaired every golf committee since the event began. This year, RWJUH dedicated the Rineberg Cup in his honor. The Cup will be awarded every year to the RWJ Golf Classic Champion.
“Dr. Rineberg has worked tirelessly to help this event grow and experience unprecedented success during his 24 years as Chair of the Golf Committee,” notes RWJUH President and CEO Stephen K. Jones, FACHE. “Under his leadership, the outing has raised millions of dollars to support programs at our hospital. When you think about the RWJ Golf Classic, you think of Dr. Rineberg.”
In addition to a full day of golf and putting contests, this year’s outing also included a buffet lunch, on-course refreshments, participation gifts,a cocktail hour and dinner, awards and raffle opportunities.
RWJUH extends its appreciation to the tournament’s Golf Committee and Glenn Mekles, who co-chaired the committee with Dr. Rineberg; to overall sponsors Conner Strong & Buckelew and Vericon Construction Company; and to supporting sponsors: the Foundation of UMDNJ, Haddad Brands, QualCare, Inc., Revenue Guard and TD Bank.
The hospital encourages everyone to circle August 6 on their calendars for the 14th Annual Children's Health golf outing to benefit children's health programs on the hospital’s pediatric academic health campus at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes. For additional details, visit http://www.rwjuh.edu/events/2012-Childrens-Health-Invite-for-Email.pdf
For a referral to a physician affiliated with RWJUH, please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.