Laura Bianchini, vice president and project director at Almasi Site Contractors, has been appointed chairman of the board of trustees of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, replacing chairman Dr. Andrew Citron, who served in the position from 2017-21.
Bianchini will take over the leadership of the fundraising board in support of Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge Medical Center at Old Bridge and Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, according to information provided by Hackensack Meridian Health.
“It is an honor to be named chairman of these two successful foundations,” Bianchini said in a statement. “I joined the Board of Trustees in 2020 and in a short time witnessed the incredible impact of charity on both medical centers and patient care.
“I would like to thank and thank Dr. Citron for his dedication and care for our community, not only as chairman of the board but also as chairman of the anesthesiology department at Raritan Bay Medical Center. His generosity and leadership know no bounds, and we are grateful for the support he helped provide to both medical centers in his time as chairman.
“I look forward to receiving the impetus he has helped to create and to continuing the wonderful legacy of generosity established in both places,” she said in a statement.
In October 2021, Hackensack Meridian Health, a network that includes Raritan Bay Medical Center and Old Bridge Medical Center, announced a change of name for both medical centers from Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge to Raritan Medical Bay Center and Old Bridge Medical Center respectively.
The name change reflects the growth of each medical center and the shift in knowledge of each hospital; however, the statement said the single board of trustees would continue to serve both medical centers.
Under Citron’s leadership, the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation has raised more than $ 5.6 million for both medical centers to support initiatives such as expanding behavioral health services in Perth Amboy, a new emergency center in Old Bridge, and to help fight with COVID-19 in both medical centers, the report said.
“I am grateful to Andy for his incredible partnership and leadership of our Board of Trustees over the years,” said William DiStanislao, interim president and chief executive of Raritan Bay Medical Center and Old Bridge Medical Center. “Philanthropy is vital to health, it really allows us to improve patient care in a number of ways. I would like to thank all of our Board of Trustees for all their efforts on our behalf and welcome Laura as the new Chair of the Board. There are many important projects on the horizon for both medical centers, and it is an exciting time to lead our fundraising efforts. ”
In addition to her work on the boards of Raritan Bay Medical Center and Old Bridge Medical Center, Bianchini is a trustee of the National Association of Women Executives and the National Association of Security Professionals, and is an active member of several organizations, the statement said. . She is an OSHA hazardous waste trainer and holds a certificate in Internal Security and Terrorism.
“Laura will be a great leader for our dedicated Board of Trustees,” Citron said in a statement. “The Old Bridge community is expanding rapidly, and growth is needed. I know that under her leadership the organization will be able to attract additional trustees for the board who will work continuously to increase funding to meet these growing needs.
“Similarly, the Perth Amboy community is changing rapidly, and to meet these shifts, resources will be needed to provide equal and quality health care for all. It has been an honor for me to chair the board, and I will continue to support the trustees in their critical work, ”he said in a statement.
To support the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, the Old Bridge Medical Center Foundation or join the board, contact Melissa Magyar, Executive Director of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation and the Old Bridge Medical Center Foundation, at 732-324-5376, Melissa.Magyar@hmhn.orgor visit Give.HackensackMeridianHealth.org/raritanbay.