Red Bank, NJ – April 4, 2011 –Riverview Medical Center today announced a $1 million charitable contribution to the hospital from Mr. and Mrs. George Kolber. The donation will help support the construction of Riverview's new 22,000 square foot center for surgical excellence, a project which will allow patients to receive advanced surgical procedures close to home, without having to travel to New York City or elsewhere.
George, the immediate past chairman of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, along with his wife Vita, a former school teacher, have supported several philanthropic efforts including Jumpstart and Monmouth University, as well as privately administered educational scholarships and grants to underprivileged and inner-city students.
"George and I are privileged to support Riverview Medical Center in this way, as our entire family recognizes what Riverview means to us and so many others in our community," said Vita. "We feel it is imperative that Riverview remain on the cutting edge of technology because a
top-notch facility is necessary to attract the finest physicians and staff, enabling Riverview to continue its record of excellence in serving the community now and in the future," added George.
The center for surgical excellence at Riverview will include: Two sophisticated specialty surgical suites, renovated post-anesthesia care area, relocated and renovated same-day surgery suite, and a state-of-the-art conference and educational center.
"We are grateful for the long-standing commitment to Riverview Medical Center by one of Monmouth County's most charitable families," says David Flood, president of the Meridian Health Foundation. "The Kolber's gracious support of Riverview Medical Center and the creation of our new center for surgical excellence is immeasurably appreciated. Their generosity and continuing service to Meridian Health helps to distinguish our region as home to the finest health care services in our state."
Over the past three years, Riverview Medical Center's surgical volume has grown by more than 20% and has created a need to improve and enhance current operations. As a result of the expanison, Riverview expects to handle 445 new surgical cases, a 5.5% growth by 2013.
"A gift of this stature lends additional honor and prestige to our already excellent surgical program," says Tim Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center. "The Kolber family's generosity will go a long way in enabling Riverview Medical Center to continue our journey over the last decade to bring the very best, highest quality health care to area residents in a comfortable setting that is caring and close to home."