Canal Walk Women’s Club Supports RWJUH Cardiology Pavilion

Canal Walk Women's Club

The Canal Walk Women’s Club recently pledged $125,000 to the RWJUH-Somerset’s Cardiology Pavilion. Pictured are, L-R: Glenn Miller, Chief Development Officer, RWJBarnabas Health Foundations, Paul Hubert, Vice Chairman, Somerset Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees, Steve Kalafer, Chairman, Somerset Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees, Edward Gaughan, Canal Walk Women’s Club (CWWC), Fran Ruggiero, Co-President, Fundraising, CWWC, Mary Jo Gaughan, Co-President, Fundraising, CWWC , Stephen F. Izzo, Director of Development, Somerset Health Care Foundation, Ronnie Bayer, President of Programs, CWWC, and Mr. & Mrs. William Kelleher.

The Women’s Club of Canal Walk has pledged $125,000 to support the renovation and expansion of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Cardiology Pavilion in Somerville.

In recognition of the Canal Walk Women’s Club’s gift, the Cardiology Pavilion’s new waiting room will be named in the group’s honor, according to a press release about the pledge.

“Many people in our development have been helped by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset and we see the wonderful care they provide to our community,” Mary Jo Gaughan, co-president of the Canal Walk Women’s Club, said in the release. “With so many people suffering from heart disease, we believe it is important to have a hospital right here in our midst where people can get the expert cardiac care they need right away.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s $23.5 million Cardiology Pavilion renovation project will begin later this year. The 5-year project will include building a fourth cardiac catheterization laboratory, consolidating cardiology services on the hospital’s second floor, including outpatient cardiology testing services, converting 20 patient rooms to private rooms, new waiting rooms and patient holding areas, a new state-of-the-art wireless telemetry system and a new interactive patient education system, according to the release.

“We are so grateful to the Canal Walk Women’s Club for supporting the growth and expansion of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s cardiovascular services, which will enhance our efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat heart disease,” Stephen Izzo, director of development for Somerset Health Care Foundation, said in the release. “The Women’s Club’s continued generosity over the years has also helped us elevate the care that we provide to patients coping with cancer, diabetes and neurological diseases.”

The Women’s Club has raised more than $125,000 for the hospital since 2008, holding fundraisers throughout the year such as a “Souper Bowl” dinner, fashion show, pocketbook bingo, raffles and journal ad sales with the support of local businesses. The group’s previous donations supported the hospital’s Steeplechase Cancer Center, Diabetes Center and Neuroscience Pavilion.

“Our goal is to help our community,” Fran Ruggiero, Canal Walk Women’s Club co-president, said in the release. “If we could leave a better hospital to our children and grandchildren, we have accomplished something.”


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