Three Area Leaders Named Recipients of the Kennedy Beacon Award at the Annual Kennedy Fundraising Gala

beacon winners 2013

Donald A. Barone, D.O., John K. Mariani, D.O., and Richard E. Murray, have been named 2013 recipients of the Beacon Awards presented by the Kennedy Health System. The awards were given at the Kennedy “Oh What a Night!” fundraising Gala, held February 23th in Atlantic City. The awards are given annually to extraordinary individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to healthcare in our community and to the success of the Kennedy Health System.  This year’s winners are (pictured from left: Dr. Donald Barone, Richard E. Murray, Dr. John Mariani):

2013 Beacon Award Winners

John K. Mariani, D.O., of Haddonfield, NJ, a longtime member of the Kennedy University Hospital Medical Staff. Dr. Mariani literally “grew up” within Kennedy, serving the organization throughout his 30-plus year medical career.  Starting out as a young resident in 1982 and then a new attending surgeon, he practiced first with Tri-County Orthopaedics, and then Academy Orthopaedics -- now known as Reconstructive Orthopaedics.  A 1981 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Mariani has been involved with several advances in orthopedic care, including being among the first orthopedic surgeons nationwide to use the OtisMed™ custom knee replacement system. A well-respected leader, he served as a Medical Staff officer from 1993-1999 and Chief of the Medical Staff from 1997-1998, As a member of the Board of Trustees from 1999 until 2005, Dr. Mariani is a frequent contributor to Kennedy’s community lecture program, where his expertise and ability to explain complex medical procedures always puts patients at ease.

Donald A. Barone, D.O., of Westampton, NJ, a key leader in the development of Kennedy’s Neuroscience Program, helped Kennedy to achieve its goal of becoming a regional leader in neurology and neurosurgery. His cutting-edge Multiple Sclerosis clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of several new therapies and treatments and gained him regional and national recognition. He has served on the Kennedy Health System Board of Directors and the Kennedy University Hospital Board of Trustees. He is an Associate Professor, Chief of the Division of Neurology at UMDNJ-SOM, Section Head of Neurology at Kennedy University Hospital, and volunteers as medical director of the Muscular Dystrophy Clinic at Kennedy. Graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Barone completed his Internship at Kennedy University Hospital - Stratford and his Residency at the University of Vermont College of Medicine Hospital. He also completed a Muscular Dystrophy Association-funded Fellowship in Neuromuscular Diseases at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Richard E. Murray, FACHE, of Haddonfield, NJ, helped Kennedy merge three individual hospitals in Camden and Gloucester counties into a multi-hospital, multi-tiered healthcare system during his time as the organization’s President  & CEO. Some of the projects and services established during Dick’s tenure include: the $24-million Emergency Department at Kennedy - Washington Township, a free-standing Surgical Center, the Kennedy Cancer Center, the Kennedy Health Care Center, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as many other vital services. Dick was a past Chairman of the NJHA, Past Chairman of the American Osteopathic Hospital Association and Past Chair of the New Jersey Hospital Financial Management Association. He also served on NJHA’s Board of Trustees & Policy Development and a member of NJHA's Executive Committee. A 1970 graduate of St. Thomas University in North Miami, FL, Dick is also a certified public accountant (CPA) in New Jersey and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

The Kennedy Gala

The annual Gala, is the major fundraising event for the Kennedy Health System.  Through the years, Kennedy’s annual fundraising Gala has brought in proceeds totaling more than two million dollars.  It is this additional Gala revenue that has allowed the Kennedy Health System to continue to grow and advance its patient care and treatment missions.  The 2013 Oh What A Night Gala was held on February 23, 2013 at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ.