FRANCISCAN OAKS NAMED CATEGORY WINNER AT NJBIZ HEALTHCARE HEROES
Recognized as Winner for Nursing Home / Assisted Living Facility of the Year
DENVILLE, NJ – July 5, 2013 – Franciscan Oaks, a continuing care retirement facility in Denville, NJ, and part of Saint Clare’s Health System, was named the category winner as the Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year at the 2013 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s premiere business news publication, was sponsored by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center, Comcast Business Class, New Jersey Hospital Association and WithumSmith+Brown, PC.
Franciscan Oaks was nominated for the compassion and excellence they offered to residents when, in the height of Hurricane Sandy, the facility was forced to evacuate when it lost power due to an unpredictable failure of the back-up generator, and potential exposure to carbon dioxide to residents. Despite the evacuation, residents felt cared for by the Franciscan Oaks staff, whose emergency pre-planning and commitment was evident. Staff event went above and beyond through acts of personal kindness, including offering their own shoes to a resident who had none during the evacuation.
The Healthcare Heroes awards program honored individuals and organizations making a significant impact on the quality of healthcare in New Jersey. Finalists were selected in eleven categories: Corporate Achievement, Education Hero-Individual, Education Hero-Organization, Hospital of the Year, Innovation Hero-Individual, Innovation Hero-Organization, Nurse of the Year, Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year, Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center of the Year, Physician of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
Finalists and winners were chosen by an independent panel of judges including: Dean Paranicas, Healthcare Institute of New Jersey; Pat Barnett, RN, JD, New Jersey State Nurses Association, and The Institute for Nursing; Wardell Sanders, New Jersey Association of Health Plans; Sonia Delgado, Princeton Public Affairs Agency; and Claudine M. Leone, Esq., Government Affairs Consultant.
The Healthcare Heroes awards winners were recognized during a breakfast awards ceremony on June 18, 2013 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.
Franciscan Oaks accepted their award for the Nursing Home/Assisted Living Facility of the Year at the 2013 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes awards program. Pictured (l-r) are: Kevin DeSimone, Vice President of Government Relations, HackensackUMC; Kevin Conlin, Executive Vice President – Healthcare Management, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ; Annie Ricci, Executive Director, Franciscan Oaks; Saint Clare’s Health System President and CEO Leslie D. Hirsch; and John Wendroff, Strategic Accounts Manager, Comcast Business.