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Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run Raises More than $250,000 for the HackensackUMC Foundation

May 29, 2012 01:17 PM


More than 1,000 runners and community residents came together on Saturday, April 28 to raise more than $250,000 for the first annual “Susan Zabransky Hughes Memorial 5K Run.”

The run, held in honor of the late Saddle River resident, Susan Zabransky Hughes, was hosted by The Friends of Hackensack University Medical Center, the Borough of Saddle River, and the Hughes and Zabransky families. Saddle River Mayor Samuel Raia joined members of the Run for Sue Committee and local residents at the five-kilometer race, which began at the Saddle River Firehouse and ended with refreshments and an awards ceremony at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“The overwhelming response and participation in the run is a direct testament to the type of woman that Susan Zabransky Hughes was,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “Susan lost her battle with cervical cancer in July of 2011 at the age of 46. Although this was a tragedy, her loss spawned the birth of this great community effort. I’d like to thank all of you – we are more than 1,000 strong today! We will all ensure that a dream will become a reality through Susan’s Suite.”

Susan, an avid runner and mother of two, was treated at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, and her friends and family have pledged to raise $1 million to build Susan’s Suite, a dedicated 10-bed treatment area for cancer patients in the soon-to-be renovated Emergency and Trauma Center at HackensackUMC.  The $250,000 raised at the run will be applied to this $1 million pledge.

The 33,000-square-foot Emergency and Trauma Center expansion, expected to be completed in 2013, will incorporate more operating rooms, new technologies and equipment and feature specialty sections for cardiac, geriatric and trauma emergency patients, as well as cancer patients. 

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About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC has been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission,  is ranked in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report's "2011-12 Best Hospitals" list, is ranked in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Metro Area Top 10,” is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals, visit:   



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