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Member News — Hackensack Meridian Health Celebrates International Nurses Day at the United Nations
May 14th, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to celebrate International Nurses Day at the 2nd Annual Celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations. Sarah Timmapuri, M.D., cardiologist, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health, and CEO of the Life is Great (LIG) Global Foundation, will be a featured presenter at the celebration.

“We are thrilled to be part of this extraordinary event that celebrates inspiring nurses who are making a difference in so many peoples’ lives across the world,’’ said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “At Hackensack Meridian Health, nurses are the backbone of our organization, on the front lines every day providing high-quality care for our patients.’’

The celebration which took place Friday at the United Nations in New York City, brings together remarkable nurses from around the world who serve in front line roles. The theme this year is “nurses front line roles who demonstrate exemplary practice by impacting the global delivery of health care.’’

“It is my honor and pleasure to work with nursing staff here in the United States and across the globe,’’ said Dr. Timmapuri. “As the head of an NGO, I see firsthand what a force nurses are in global health. Nurses are the lifeblood of our health care system, delivering compassionate care to patients day in and day out.’’

Dr. Timmapuri, a featured presenter at this year’s event, will focus on the impact of information technology on the nursing field. “Information technology is rapidly transforming the healthcare industry. Despite the challenging landscape of nursing care, nurses across the globe are rising to meet the challenge, adopting new skillsets, while remaining true to their core mission – delivering high-quality, compassionate care to patients.’’

Dr. Timmapuri’s foundation, LIG Global, is a non-profit organization that conducts charitable projects around the world. It delivers humanitarian relief to people in great need by bringing together medical and non-medical volunteers, supplies and technology. If utilizes state-of-the art technology, such as point-of-care ultrasound in underserved areas with telemedicine to leverage volunteer expertise remotely. LIG works within the communities it serves, hand in hand with medical and non-medical community members and existing health systems.

“At Hackensack Meridian Health, nurses are the cornerstone of our organization, providing high-quality and compassionate care that is transforming the patient experience,’’ said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“Hackensack Meridian Health was the first health network in the nation to receive Magnet designation, the nation’s highest national honor for professional nursing practice,’’ Mr. Lloyd said. “Network hospitals were also the 8th, 11th & 14th in the country to achieve Magnet status.’’

The 2nd Annual Celebration of International Nurses Day at the United Nations is hosted by Nurses with Global Impact Inc. and sponsored in part by RAD-AID, the LIG Global Foundation, as well as Philips.

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