Toast to Our Heroes to Recognize Inspirational Healthcare Workers

University Hospital Foundation To Host First of Its Kind Fundraiser

May 6, 2022, Newark, NJ – University Hospital Foundation will host a fundraiser on May 11, 2022 at The Highlawn in West Orange, NJ, to support critical hospital programs.

Healthcare workers have been on the front lines of the pandemic for over two years. Although the devastation of the pandemic was experienced by so many residents, University Hospital continued to provide the best possible care to the greater Newark community through the efforts, teamwork and dedication of its workers.

Toast to Our Heroes will recognize three outstanding individuals who exemplify the values of the hospital. Our heroes served as an inspiration to fellow colleagues, patients, and community residents;  including;

Dr. Lois Greene, representing Human Experience, started her career as an emergency department nurse at University Hospital almost 30 years ago. Throughout her career, she finds herself coming back to University Hospital to impact the lives and health of this community. Lois has great integrity and teaches her colleagues across all levels to serve patients with dignity. “The past two years were really hard, especially for our nurses, and yet they ran into the fire and showed their compassion, devotion, and love for the profession they chose,” states Dr. Greene

Dr. Onajovwe Fofah, is passionate about pediatrics and is always looking for ways to improve the experience for his patients and their families. He is an advocate for all children under his care. “The families we care for and the strengths they show, despite the challenges they face, inspire me and my team to come to work every day,” exclaims Dr. Fofah.  Dr. Fofah’s clinic recently launched lead and mercury testing for newborns as well as the first general population type 1 diabetes screening program, both of which will save the lives of so many through early detection, intervention, and education.

Dennis Boos, from Emergency Management & Central Command and his colleagues jump into action for every disaster, crisis and emergency that unfolds. They are the problem solvers and well positioned to protect our community. “Throughout the pandemic, our team saw each other at our worst and rose up to give our best,” say Dennis.  Throughout COVID, Dennis and his team managed the daily operations of the hospital in coordination with local, county, state, and federal partners. Because of the team, UH’s response to the pandemic is considered a model for other facilities.

For more information about Toast to Our Heroes, visit our webpage.  University Hospital Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our IRS identification number 47-1686351.  All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  Contributions allow the Foundation to provide superior clinical care to people who otherwise couldn’t afford it, invest in advanced diagnostic and treatment technology, and connect patients to programs and resources that improve their health and well-being.

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Press Release Toast of Our Heroes 2022