Four Area Leaders Named Recipients of Kennedy Beacon Award
Tuesday, March 08, 2011

John H. Lucas, Dr. Mario L. Maiese, Martin A. Bieber, Dr. Anita Chopra, Joseph W. Devine

The recipients of the 2011 Beacon Awards presented by the South Jersey-based Kennedy Health System celebrated their achievement at the recent Kennedy Oscars-themed Gala held in Philadelphia. The awards are presented annually to extraordinary individuals in recognition of their outstanding contributions to healthcare in the community and to Kennedy's success.

Shown at the event are, from left: Beacon Award recipients John H. Lucas of Pitman, NJ, and  Dr. Mario L. Maiese of Cherry Hill, NJ; Kennedy Health System President & CEO Martin A. Bieber; and Beacon Award recipients Dr. Anita Chopra of Voorhees, NJ, and Joseph W. Devine of Washington Township, NJ.

Biographical information on the 2011 Kennedy Health System Beacon Award winners:

Anita Chopra, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD

As a geriatric physician and educator, Dr. Anita Chopra has been an advocate for older adults for more than 25 years.  The Director of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA) at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, she is also a tenured Professor of Medicine, board certified internist/geriatrician, certified medical director for long-term care, and Fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Chopra, who serves as Chief of General Internal Medicine at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, has dedicated her career to caring for frail and vulnerable older adults and those at the end of life. Over the past decade, Dr. Chopra has consistently been recognized as a "Top Doc" by various NJ magazines. Dr. Chopra and her husband, who have two children and three grandchildren, reside in Voorhees, NJ.

Joseph W. Devine, FACHE

Since joining Kennedy in 1986, Joseph W. Devine has held an array of progressive leadership roles, and today serves as Senior Vice President for Administration and External Relations.  A native of Philadelphia, and  longtime resident of Washington Township, NJ, Devine is known for his "big-picture" thinking and unfailing ability to engage associates, physicians, volunteers, the community and political leaders with Kennedy's vision and mission. Currently a Commissioner of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, Devine is also a member of the NJHA Policy Development Committee, and a board member of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, which supports athletes with spinal cord injuries. He also serves as Chairperson for the South Jersey Heart Walk and the March of Dimes March for Babies. In 2007, Devine won the "Community Benefit Award" at the Dancing with the Gloucester County's Stars competition, raising $60,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities Pediatric Center at Kennedy - Washington Township. Devine and his wife, Dina, are parents of two daughters.

John H. Lucas

Longtime Kennedy Board member John H. Lucas is a strong advocate for healthcare in southern New Jersey, a tireless advocate for Kennedy, and has played a key role in helping Kennedy expand its relationship with UMDNJ-SOM. Affiliated with Kennedy for more than 25 years, he has supported the three-hospital system's continued growth.  In his current role as Chairman of the Kennedy Health Care Center Board of Trustees, Mr. Lucas recently spearheaded the development and recent opening of the nursing home's new state-of-the-art 60-bed Sub-Acute Wing.  An accomplished musician, Mr. Lucas was President of Nationwide Mobile Home for more than 40 years and is now a consultant for his son's business, Sunny Estates. John and his wife, Patricia, reside in Pitman. They have three daughters, one son and two grandchildren.

Mario L. Maiese, DO, FACC, FACOI

South Jersey native Dr. Mario Maiese is a successful cardiologist and longtime, loyal Kennedy Medical Staff member. A founding member of the South Jersey Heart Group, Dr. Maiese is held in high regard by his peers, colleagues, hospital staff members, medical students and the community. He has the distinction of being the first cardiologist to practice at Kennedy-Washington Township, beginning his medical career there in 1973. Teaching future physicians is a priority for Dr. Maiese, a longtime Clinical Associate Professor at UMDNJ-SOM. A member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Heart Association and the American College of Physician Executives -- as well as a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists (FACOI) and the American College of Cardiology (FACC) -- Dr. Maiese resides in Cherry Hill with his wife, Anne. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters.

The 2011 Kennedy Beacon Award Winners
Dr. Anita Chopra   Joseph W. Devine
John H. Lucas   Dr. Mario Maiese