Newswise – HACKENSACK, NJ – Friday July 9, 2021 US Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored Lisa Tank, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Hackensack University Medical Center with the “Hometown Hero” Award for her guidance and leadership with medical staff through the pandemic and for the development of critical COVID-19 patient care guidelines for treating the virus, as well as for establishing an office hours program for patients that enables families to connect with each patient via iPads.
Representative Gottheimer created the Fifth District Hometown Heroes Awards in 2017 to honor ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things to improve the lives of others in the 5th Congressional District. After one of the worst health crises in recent history, this year’s awards took on new meaning as Representative Gottheimer honored local first responders, veterans, students, spectators who save lives , volunteers, Boy Scouts, community leaders and residents at a ceremony held at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center.
The Fifth District Hometown Heroes Awards were presented to more than sixty Fifth District residents, like Dr. Tank, to recognize their dedication to helping improve the lives of their neighbors, families and communities.
“At the best of times, I consider our doctors, nurses and support teams to be health heroes. But in the midst of COVID-19, they have been urged to step up their efforts in new and unprecedented ways. Lisa Tank, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Hackensack University Medical Center, has calmly guided us through this pandemic, with experience and intelligence, compassion, reassurance, science and the utmost professionalism, ”said Mark Sparta, FACHE, President and Director Hospital General, Hackensack University Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “She is the heroine of our heroes and she is dedicated to keeping our teams focused and healthy so that they, in turn, can do the same for our communities during the most difficult time in history. health care.”
“We are fortunate to have so many unsung heroes in our communities, whose silent power of service continues each day without the recognition they truly deserve. They do it just because they care. Today is their day, ”said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “It goes without saying that almost a year and a half has been an incredibly difficult time for our country – with a pandemic threatening us, sick loved ones and neighbors, and a pace of economic uncertainty. Whether you pick up the newspaper, turn on the cable news, or browse social media, the attention is much more on what’s wrong in America, and far too little on what’s right. We should focus more on what unites us, as opposed to what divides us, and devote more time to those who give back to our country and our communities.
Gottheimer continued, “The heroes of today’s hometown have all been nominated by leaders in our community, including our elected officials, our religious and nonprofit leaders, our friends, family members, first responders and neighbors who think they really deserve the title. These people come from all walks of life, but they all share a particularly special idea: They embody our Jersey values and make our community such a special place to live, work and raise a family. They help us build the most perfect union that we should all strive for. We should all be working to live up to their example.
“I am honored to receive this award from Congressman Josh Gotthheimer and to be in the company of such esteemed members of our community,” said Dr Tank. “The past year and a half has been difficult to say the least, and I am very grateful to work with an incredible, dedicated and inspiring team of healthcare professionals with whom I share this award.”
Congratulations to Dr Tank and all of the recipients for their well-deserved recognition as Hometown Hero.