RWJUH to Host Asian Heritage Festival This Saturday, May 11

Celebration Open to the Public!

Monday, May 06, 2013

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) will transform its courtyard on May 11 into the bustling site of a festival featuring various activities designed to showcase the vibrant countries and cultures of Asia.
Open to the public, the Asian Heritage Festival is organized by RWJUH’s Asian Employee Networking Resource Group, one of six such groups established at the hospital to recognize and honor the diverse mix of people and cultures that exist within the hospital and within the communities that it serves.
While at the event, which starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., festival-goers will have the opportunity to sample such Asian fare as Filipino Pancit and Lechon and Indian Khaman Dhokla, among other dishes supplied, in part, by hospital employees and members of the Philippine Nurses Association of New Jersey, Inc. (PNANJ).
The festivities will also include a Henna hand-painting station; a parade celebrating Flores de Mayo, a religious festival widely celebrated in the Philippines; a fashion show featuring RWJUH employees, physicians, community members and students from Rutgers, The State University, who will be decked in traditional garb from different Asian countries; performances of folk dances and songs and more.
Although the festival is free, attendees taking part in the food tastings will be asked to make a minimum donation of $2 per tasting. Proceeds from the sales will go toward charitable causes, including the PNANJ-Middlesex Chapter medical mission to the Philippines in July and the NETRADEEP Eye Hospital Trust, which serves the blind in India.
Event: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Asian-Pacific Heritage Festival
Date/Time: May 11, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location:  Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard
                   Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
                   One Robert Wood Johnson Place
                   New Brunswick, New Jersey 08903
Media interested in covering this event should contact RWJ Public Relations at (732) 937-8521 or email or

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (

The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence


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