Paterson, NJ [October 12, 2009]- St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is proud to announce that Eugene C. Ged, MD, will be honored with the prestigious William F. Johnson Award for community and corporate leadership, at their 33rd Annual Charity Ball on Saturday, October 17th. This year's event will be held at the historic American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson.
Dr. Ged has served St. Joseph's for more than forty-two years, first as an innovative cardiologist at St. Joseph's Hospital, and later as a pioneering leader and the Vice President and President of the Board of Trustees for the St. Joseph's Foundation. He was also the driving force in instituting the first Charity Ball thirty-three years ago, for which he served as Chairman.
Dr. Ged has spent the majority of his life in Paterson and surrounding areas, beginning with his birth at St. Joseph's Hospital. He attended grammar school at St. George's, and high school at St. John's. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. After an internship and residency at St. Vincent's and a fellowship in cardiology at St. Michael's Medical Center, he returned to his roots and joined St Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center as an attending physician in cardiology. He also practiced at North Jersey Internal Medicine Associates.
Dr. Ged was a revolutionary doctor and leader in his field. He performed the first-ever angiogram at St. Joseph's as well as served as a respected member and later Vice President of the Medical Board.
After retiring from active practice, Dr. Ged sought another way to give back to the Paterson community, his patients, and his colleagues. Along with the late Don Alois, Dr. Ged worked to create a non-profit entity for the Hospital so that they could raise crucial funds for much needed programs and facilities, and was instrumental in the creation of St. Joseph's Foundation in 1982. Dr. Ged served as one the Foundation's founding members, and later President. He was also the founder of the Charity Ball. Thirty-three years ago, a group of individuals gathered at Westmount Country Club in West Paterson and raised $50,000 for St. Joseph's. It was the largest and most important fundraising event in the Foundation's history. Today, the Charity Ball still serves as the premier benefit for St. Joseph's, and raises more than $1 million annually.
After his medical career, Dr. Ged was also associated with his brother George at the Totowa-based Travel Forum, Inc., a full-service family travel business. He is now retired from the company.
St. Joseph's is deeply honored to recognize Dr. Ged for his lifelong leadership in cardiac medicine, his dedication to philanthropy and his commitment to the Paterson community.
Dr. Ged resides in Naples, Florida and Wyckoff, New Jersey with his wife Erika. They have seven children, and nine grandchildren.