Mary Elizabeth Garden, of Brick, a representative for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of New Jersey Shore, has been chosen as a national finalist of VITAS’ Leadership Council.
Garden, who joined VITAS in 2006, educates physicians and health-care facility professionals about the benefits of hospice care for patients with life-limiting diagnoses.
Prior to joining VITAS, she served as a practice administrator for several medical practices in the Jersey Shore area.
The VITAS Leadership Council recognizes a select group of top performing managers and patient advocates who embody the company’s mission and values and possess the vision, energy and commitment to succeed.
Recipients have met specific key performance indicators that contribute to the success of the organization.
Debbie Mazella has joined the WJRZ radio family. Mazella will be the new disc jockey from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WJRZ (100.1 FM), a Greater Media radio station.
Mazella says she may have grown up in New York, but she has been addicted to playing ski ball on the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore since she was a little girl visiting her grandparents at their Ocean Grove summer home. Mazella moved to New Jersey five years ago.
Before joining the Greater Media family, Mazella, whose radio career began in 1994, worked at various radio stations in New Jersey and New York, holding such positions as assistant program director and music director, among others. She was even a traffic reporter for a New York station.
In 2008, Mazella was inducted into the FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback, a prestigious radio trade publication) Hall of Fame, having been voted one of the top five music directors in a secondary market.
Mazella realized she wanted to be on the radio and around the music she loves as early as age 11. Besides radio and music, Mazella is passionate about her cats and stays involved with Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) fundraisers.
Mazella also does a lot of events with the March of Dimes in both New York and New Jersey, and usually emcees each year with Joe Causi of CBS-FM, New York.
With the addition of Mazella to mid days, Glen Kalina will move to the afternoon DJ position from 2 to 7 p.m., and Joe Stevens can be heard nights from 7 p.m. to midnight.
WRAT-FM and WJRZ-FM are radio stations of Greater Media Inc., which is the parent company of 23 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, Charlotte, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. Greater Media also owns a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey and several telecommunications towers, located throughout the United States.
Dr. Richard J. Scott has been appointed senior vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs for Meridian Health, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank. In his role, Dr. Scott will serve as the key physician leader for Meridian Health, overseeing clinical quality and service excellence, in collaboration with Meridian’s senior leadership team and medical staffs.
He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and brings over 27 years of experience in the medical field, previously serving as vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs at Riverview Medical Center. Prior to joining the hospital administration, Dr. Scott was in private practice and served as president of the medical staff at Riverview Medical Center.
Dr. Scott is a member of several medical professional organizations including the Medical Society of New Jersey Board of Trustees, where he served as president from 2007-08, the Monmouth County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He has also contributed to numerous orthopedic publications and research studies.
Dr. Scott received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University, Md.; earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania; and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.