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Deborah’s 17th Annual Red Tie Gala – The Centennial Celebration – Raises Funds for Cardiac Care

Deborah Hospital Foundation’s 17th Annual Red Tie Gala, held on Saturday, November 12th, at the Hilton at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, raised nearly $300,000 for cardiac care at Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital. This year’s Gala was especially memorable as it celebrated Deborah’s 100th Anniversary and recognized Fox Rothschild partner Michael J. Kline as its Gala Honoree. Mr. Kline has been a Deborah Board Member and outside General Counsel for fifty years, and was instrumental in helping implement vital legislative protections that preserve Deborah’s ability to not balance bill patients, keeping true to its founding mission “there is no price on life.”

“We were delighted to welcome the hundreds that turned out to support our Gala this year,” said Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella. “It was fantastic to celebrate Deborah’s 100th with friends and donors who over the decades have tirelessly supported innovative cardiac care and our humanitarian mission. We are grateful to have had so many supporters and to have touched so many lives.”

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Red Tie Gala committee Stephen Himmelstein, Linda Rubin, Deborah Heart and Lung Center President and CEO Joseph Chirichella, Loren Manni, and Deborah EVP and COO Joseph Manni.
The Deborah Red Tie Gala welcomed the leadership team from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Deborah EVP and COO Joseph Manni, Chief Master Sargent, Michael Wynne, 87th Air Base Wing Commander, Colonel Wes Adams, Commander JB MDL, and the 87th Air Base Wing Commander, Deborah President and CEO Joseph Chirichella.
Bill and Fran DiMartino were honored guests at the Red Tie Gala. At 3-years old, on July 28, 1958, Bill had the first open-heart surgery in New Jersey, performed by the renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Charles Bailey. The operation ushered in a whole new era in heart care.
Deborah Hospital Foundation Gala Honoree Michael J. Kline.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ is an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment of heart, lung, and vascular diseases. Founded in 1922, Deborah has been a regional and nationally recognized leader throughout its 100-year history, during which time it has healed 2.3 million patients from every corner of the United States and 87 countries in the world. From performing the first open heart surgeries (adult and pediatric) in New Jersey, to running one of the highest volume left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant programs in the region, Deborah has stood at the forefront of medical innovation, all while never wavering from its founding mission “there is no price on life.” Deborah is consistently recognized as a leader in patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranked among the top hospitals in New Jersey for patient satisfaction; holds a top-tier Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating which places Deborah among the best cardiac surgery programs in the country; and is designated a national Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Deborah is an Alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. 


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