Bayshore Medical Center Foundation Raises More Than $138,000 at Annual Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Celebration

Holmdel, NJ – October 22, 2019 – Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation hosted the fourth annual Benefit for Bayshore Oktoberfest Community Celebration on Friday, October 11, raising more than $138,000 in support of the future Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at the Holmdel-based medical center. More than 265 guests attended the soiree, which took place at Stillwell Stables in Colts Neck.

“This year’s Oktoberfest celebration was a fun event that raised a great amount of money for the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center,” says Frank Citara, MBA, chief hospital executive at Bayshore Medical center. “In addition to benefitting the community, this expansion means so much to everyone who gives their hearts and souls caring for patients every day at the hospital. We are grateful to everyone who attended the event for lending their support.”

The Benefit for Bayshore featured an Oktoberfest inspired menu, décor and entertainment and was co-chaired by Carol Stillwell, owner, president and CEO of Stillwell-Hansen, Inc., and Mary Ann Larkin. Dima and Asaad Samra, M.D., a board certified plastic surgeon affiliated with Bayshore Medical Center, served as honorary chairs. The event was supported by capstone sponsor, Stillwell-Hansen, Inc.

“It was my pleasure to co-host and co-chair this fantastic event with my sister, Mary Ann,” says Carol Stillwell, who is also a Bayshore Medical Center Foundation trustee. “The new Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center is going to change the way this community receives emergency care and I am thankful to everyone who has supported, and who continues to support, this exciting initiative – particularly those who attended the Oktoberfest event. Thank you also to Dima and Dr. Asaad Samra for serving as honorary chairs and for your long-standing commitment that has greatly helped to bring this project to fruition.”

Construction for the new 32,000 square foot Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center is underway with the official groundbreaking taking place on October 17. Located on the Garden State Parkway side of the campus, it will contain 35 patient bays, swing space with capacity for pediatric care and new imaging equipment dedicated to Emergency Care Center patients.

“As a community member, foundation board chair and first responder, the new Emergency Care Center is personal for me,” says Serena DiMaso, who also serves as a New Jersey Assemblywoman. “I could not be more thrilled to support the Oktoberfest event every year knowing that the contributions will go to enhancing emergency care for our community.”

Funds raised at events such as the annual Benefit for Bayshore all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign. Giving Heals supports 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 medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.


“This year’s Oktoberfest Community Celebration raised a great deal of money in support of this monumental project,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation to which Bayshore Medical center Foundation belongs. “We are grateful to everyone who attended the event and to those who have given separately to this initiative. Philanthropy will continue to play a major role in helping to sustain this project and we are always open to having a conversation with anyone interested in getting involved.”


To learn how you can make a gift in support of the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center, please contact Jennifer Smith, vice president, development at Meridian Health Foundation, at or 732-751-5100, or visit



Bayshore Medical Center is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women’s services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Its Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information, visit

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.


Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.


Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.


The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.


Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University – in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.


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