Summit Medical Group Foundation Launched

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Physician-led non profit to focus on health promotion, clinical research and medical education.

Jeffrey D. Le Benger, M.D., Summit Medical Group chairman, CEO and chairman of the Summit Medical Group Foundation.

The Summit Medical Group Foundation was established to better manage and support our commitment to critical organizations and causes that advance health and well-being in our communities.

Rooted in more than 80 years of providing premier multispecialty healthcare to its community, Summit Medical Group, New Jersey’s largest private physician group, today announced it has established the Summit Medical Group Foundation. The Summit Medical Group Foundation is a pending non-profit 501 (c) (3) private foundation whose mission is to enrich the lives of members of its communities through health promotion, medical research and medical education.

“Summit Medical Group has always recognized its responsibility to its communities above and beyond providing healthcare services,” says Jeff Le Benger, MD, Summit Medical Group chairman, CEO and chairman of the Summit Medical Group Foundation. “The Summit Medical Group Foundation was established to better manage and support our commitment to critical organizations and causes that advance health and well-being in our communities.”

Summit Medical Group has been honored for its leadership in community support, including recognition as an NJBIA Good Neighbor, an NJBiz Corporate Citizen of the Year and the AMCP Communitas Leadership Award. In addition, the Group has given generously of its resources to medical missions abroad and to numerous state and community-based organizations.

“Our Foundation has a vastly experienced and broad team of physicians and charitable foundation professionals to drive our initiatives,” notes SMG Foundation president, Steven Kaye. “As such, the Summit Medical Group Foundation is extremely qualified and uniquely positioned to make a significant philanthropic impact in our community.”

The Summit Medical Group Foundation has hired Lisa Hackett to serve as executive director. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Hackett was executive director of the South Orange Village Center (SOVCA) Special Improvement District. Before working with SOVCA, she was executive director of the Downtown Millburn Development Alliance. Ms. Hackett’s expertise includes business development, strategic partnerships, marketing campaigns, brand strategy, and domestic and global promotions. A skilled grant writer, fund raiser, and media consultant, she has more than 20 years’ experience in conceiving and leading high-profile, award-winning campaigns and projects that address multicultural markets.

Executive board members for the Summit Medical Group Foundation include Board Chairman Jeffrey Le Benger, MD, chairman and CEO, Summit Medical Group; Board President Stephen Kaye, CFP® CLU, ChFC, RHU, CEBS, AAMS, CRC, AIF, founder and president, AEPG Wealth Strategies, Warren, NJ; Board Treasurer R. Robert Booth, CPA, CPC, CFA, chief of finance, Summit Medical Group; Board Secretary, Rebecca Levy, Esq., general counsel, Summit Medical Group; Chris Schiffer, MBA, CPA, executive vice president, AEPG Wealth Strategies; R. Gregory Sachs, MD, FACC, Summit Medical Group and; William A. Tansey, III, MD, FACC, Summit Medical Group.

One of the Summit Medical Group Foundation’s first activities is the September 30, 2013, Celebrity Golf Invitational co-sponsored with the Enright Melanoma Foundation. Joseph E. Enright was a Summit Medical Group internal medicine physician who died of melanoma at age 37. For more than a decade, Summit Medical Group has been a steadfast supporter of the Enright Melanoma Foundation, participating in programs such as the Enright Health Trek, the Enright Golf Invitational and community health lecture series.

“We look forward to sharing a lot more about the good things we will be doing through the Summit Medical Group Foundation,” says Kaye.

For more information on the Summit Medical Group Foundation, visit http://www.smg-foundation.org.

ABOUT SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP

Summit Medical Group (SMG) is the largest privately held multispecialty medical practice in New Jersey. SMG maintains a 42-acre healthcare campus in Berkeley Heights and 27 additional practice locations in Bayonne, Berkeley Heights, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Morristown, Millburn, Short Hills, Springfield, New Providence, Verona, Warren, Westfield and West Orange. As an East Coast premier multispecialty group, SMG has provided exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929. For more, visit http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com.

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