Hovnanian Family Foundation endows HMH chair in behavioral health with $ 3 million


The H. Hovnanian Family Foundation has donated $ 3 million to create an endowed chair in behavioral health at Hackensack Meridian Health, the health system announced on Dec. 16.

Dr. Gary Small, chair of the department of psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and chief medical officer for behavioral health at Hackensack Meridian, will be 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 Hackensack Meridian Health,” Edele Hovnanian said in a statement. “The continued need for compassionate and innovative behavioral health services in New Jersey is great, and we hope this donation will ensure that Hackensack Meridian Health remains committed to advancing research and care services for patients and their loved ones. years to come. “

Small joined HMH in November 2020. He oversees educational programs and training, is responsible for his department’s clinical operations, develops and develops research and academic programs, and develops and maintains quality initiatives. He is also leading the physician recruitment efforts in the area of ​​behavioral health.

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“I am honored to be the first Chair of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Behavioral Health at Hackensack Meridian Health, funded by the generosity of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation,” said Small. “I am grateful for this generous donation, which will enable Hackensack Meridian Health, and our behavioral health care teams across the network, to be a leading provider 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. “

In an interview with NJBIZ shortly after arriving at HMH, Small said he was impressed with the healthcare system’s commitment to behavioral health. “What drew me to psychiatry and mental health is the way our minds and brains affect our bodies,” he said. “And if you can take care of your brain, take care of your mind, it will have a huge impact not only on your overall health, but also on your well-being and quality of life.”

Prior to coming to New Jersey, Small was a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and director of the division of geriatric psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He was also director of the UCLA Longevity Center.

“We are very touched by the continued generosity of the H. Hovnanian Family Foundation,” said Joyce P. Hendricks, President and Chief Development Officer of the Hackensack Meridian Health 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.


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