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Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

Distinguished fundraiser and leader joins Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation

Hackensack Meridian Health announced that Melissa Magyar has joined as executive director of Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation.

“Melissa brings an impressive fundraising background to her role at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation,” says Joyce P. Hendricks, chief development officer, network philanthropy, Hackensack Meridian Health. “I am so glad to welcome her to the foundation, and I am confident that she will continue to grow the organization to the benefit of the medical center and community.”

Most recently, Magyar served as director of campaigns at Englewood Health Foundation, the foundation at which she first launched her fundraising career. Although she left in 2017 after a long tenure with increasing responsibilities, Magyar was enticed to return by a “can’t miss opportunity” to develop the plan, timeline, milestones and goals of the organization’s first comprehensive campaign, a $100 million undertaking. In this role, she served as liaison to the steering committee, developing solicitation strategies, working with hospital administration, key prospects and trustees, while managing a portfolio of prospects.

In between her two terms at Englewood Health Foundation, Magyar held the position of director of development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Institute for Health. In addition to her fundraising responsibilities, Magyar led a variety of programs and donor engagement activities, including overseeing the Grateful Patient and Family program, and orchestrating physician, faculty and donor events.

“Melissa’s leadership and fundraising expertise will be a wonderful asset to the foundation team at Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation,” says Andrew Citron, chair, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation board of trustees. “The Raritan Bay community has been such dedicated supporters of our foundation, and I look forward to working with Melissa to raise funds that will further benefit our communities, particularly the new Emergency Department currently under construction on the Old Bridge campus.”

Magyar will work closely with Citron, as well as Raritan Bay Medical Center Chief Hospital Executive, Tom Shanahan, and other hospital administrators, to drive fundraising initiatives for key hospital services and projects, including the new Old Bridge Emergency Department.

“Raritan Bay Medical Center has a rich history of providing quality and compassionate care to its surrounding communities in Central New Jersey and I look forward to leading its fundraising efforts,” says Magyar. “I warmly welcome the opportunity to partner with the foundation’s board of trustees, hospital leadership and local community to support the medical center’s programs and initiatives as it continues to provide the exceptional care patients deserve.”

Magyar joins the foundation as Meridian Health Foundation looks to strongly close out its capital fundraising campaign. Called Giving Heals, the campaign focuses on four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

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