Donation of $ 3 million from the Hovnanian Foundation to endow the chair of behavioral health at the HMH

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Generous donation will leave a lasting legacy to improve and advance behavioral health in New Jersey

Hackensack meridian Health (HMH) received a $ 3 million donation from the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation to establish the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health at HMH.

This is the first H. Hovnanian Family Foundation-funded endowed chair at HMH and will support the work of Gary Small, MD, chair, Department of Psychiatry, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center and Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, HMH , as the holder of the inaugural chair.

“It is with great pleasure that my family and I make this generous donation to fund the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation Endowment Chair in Behavioral Health at HMH,” said Edele Hovnanian. “The continued need for compassionate and innovative behavioral health services in New Jersey is great, and we hope this donation will ensure that HMH remains committed to advancing research and care services for patients and their loved ones for years to come. to come. “

Dr Small joined HMH in November 2020 and oversees all professional and administrative activities within the Behavioral Health Care Transformation Service. Prior to joining HMH, Dr Small was Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, Parlow-Solomon Professor of Aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Semel Institute for neuroscience and human behavior, and director of the UCLA Longevity Center. He is known nationally and internationally for his public work in promoting the practice of psychiatry and innovative research in brain health and aging.

“We are very touched by the continued generosity of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation,” said Joyce P. Hendricks, President and Director of Development for the HMH Foundation. “This special gift has the incredible power to make a lasting difference in the lives of behavioral health patients and their loved ones for years to come. We are truly grateful for this extraordinary gift.

Among his other functions within the Behavioral Health Services Network, Dr Small oversees educational programs and training, is responsible for the clinical operations of the department, develops and develops research and academic programs, and develops and maintains research initiatives. quality. He also leads HMH’s recruitment efforts for physicians in the behavioral health field.

“I am honored to be the first Chair of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health at HMH, funded by the generosity of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation,” said Dr. Small. “I am grateful for this generous donation, which will enable HMH and our behavioral health care teams across the network to be one of the premier providers of psychiatric care services in New Jersey. We will be able to have a major impact during this difficult time for many members of our community with behavioral health issues. “

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