The Jersey City Medical Center honored longtime employees and retirees with an awards dinner at the Maritime Parc restaurant last month.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Healthcare workers across the country have seen new challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but as always, our team has continued to serve our patients with excellence,” JCMC President and CEO President Michael Prilutsky said in a statement.
For example, Cheryl Cilento began working at the Jersey City Medical Center on August 6, 1976 and recalled many fond memories throughout the years.
Using the JCMC tuition reimbursement program, she furthered her education and experienced substantial career progression.
45 years later, in her work as the physician liaison, Cilento enjoys her daily responsibilities of interacting with hundreds of physicians, and creating strategies to ensure that medical specialties are available and easy for patients to access at the Medical Center.
“I truly feel working at Jersey City Medical Center all these years has been nothing but a true blessing in my life,” she began.
“I am extremely grateful for the many opportunities it has afforded me, from meeting my mentor and lifelong friend, and friends; amazing doctors who cared for my children, my family members and me; co-workers who taught me so much; and the ability to further my career and remain a valued employee are just a few. Overall, I’m honored to be an employee of the Medical Center and will forever be grateful for all its value added to my life.”
Cilento is one of 239 current employees who reached anniversary milestones and were honored, along with 19 retirees who were recognized for providing decades of service.
“These past two years have tested our resilience, discipline, and confidence, and our team’s consistency throughout this most challenging period has been the employees of Jersey City Medical Center,” stated Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Human Resources Mary Cataudella.
“In the face of uncertainty, they have led by example of what it takes to be healthcare workers.”