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Golf Classic Raises Record $315K to Support Level I Trauma Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

June 27, 2014

JACKSON, N.J. – A record $315,000 was raised for the Level I Trauma Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), which serves the six counties of Central New Jersey, at the RWJ University Hospital Foundation’s 26th Annual Invitational Golf Classic recently held at the Metedeconk National Golf Club.

RWJUH is home to a skilled shock/trauma team that includes physicians, neurosurgeons, pediatric surgeons and specially trained nurses available 24 hours a day at its state-designated Level I Trauma Center. Along with adult services, the hospital’s pediatric trauma program is verified as New Jersey’s first and only Pediatric Trauma Center. In addition, as part of its mission, RWJUH provides injury prevention education for all ages.

“We are very thankful and fortunate to have loyal supporters who believe in our vision of providing the highest quality care to all who seek our services,” said Brian D. Agnew, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Development at RWJUH and Executive Director of the RWJ University Hospital Foundation.

The annual golf outing has raised more than $3 million during its 26-year history to support the hospital. Under the leadership of co-chairs Bernard Rineberg, M.D., a longtime orthopedic surgeon and member emeritus of the RWJUH Board of Directors, and Glenn Mekles, vice president of Conner Strong & Buckelew, the Golf Classic committee continues to achieve record proceeds. This year’s honorary co-chairs were Richard “Dick” Samenfeld, Vice President of Construction Management, Wm. Blanchard Co., and Keith W. Stanisce, president and chief executive officer of Barr & Barr.

The Golf Classic was made possible through the generous support of our participants and Overall Sponsor Conner Strong & Buckelew; Platinum Sponsors Barr & Barr, Revenue Guard and TD Bank; and Supporting Sponsors Haddad Brands, QualCare and Wm. Blanchard Co.

The RWJ University Hospital Foundation encourages everyone to save the date for RWJUH’s second golf outing – The Children’s Health 16th Annual Golf Outing - to be held on August 4, 2014 at The Ridge at Back Brook in Ringoes, N.J. The outing benefits The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH. For more information or to register, visit

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.