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
The Healthcare Heroes awards winners were recognized during a breakfast
awards ceremony on June 18, 2013 at the Palace in Somerset Park in Somerset,
Franciscan Oaks accepted their award for theNursing 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.