BROOKLYN, NY (January 4, 2011) – Maimonides Medical Center recently presented its highest honor, the Jack R. Aron Medal, to Douglas Jablon, Vice President of Patient Relations & Volunteer Services, and Special Assistant to the President, during a dinner reception at The Palm House of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Mr. Jablon is the thirteenth honoree to receive the Aron Medal – a recognition bestowed upon an individual who is truly extraordinary in level of service to the medical center and community, as was demonstrated by former Maimonides president and benefactor, Jack R. Aron.
Mr. Jablon directs the largest patient representative program in the metropolitan area. As patient advocates, he and his colleagues are involved in every aspect of care, tirelessly working around-the-clock with physicians, nurses and other hospital staff to smooth the way for patients and families.
Under his leadership, the Maimonides Volunteer Services Program has grown from 400 volunteers to over 1,800 – handling duties that range from feeding elderly patients, to helping in the lab and filing patient charts. Small wonder that Mr. Jablon refers to them as “the jewels of the hospital.”
Mr. Jablon also is the hospital’s liaison to government officials, local community leaders, faith-based organizations, and numerous not-for-profit groups in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn native himself, Mr. Jablon began his career at Maimonides in 1977, working in the mailroom.
“Douglas embodies the values and remarkable character of Jack Aron in so many ways, from his passion for his work and his empathy for our patients to his dedication to serving our entire community,” said Pamela S. Brier, Maimonides President & CEO. “These traits have earned him the love and respect of patients, families, doctors, nurses, community leaders and colleagues. Douglas constantly strives to make Maimonides an even better hospital and neighbor, and for that we are ever grateful."
Among the night’s many speakers was Imam Mohammed Hafiz, who said that “Douglas built a bridge of friendship with the Pakistani Muslim community as he has done with every community the hospital serves.” Peter Aschkenasy reminded all present that Douglas is known as the “mitzvah man” – an appropriate designation for this “go-to person” who is always there for families in need.
Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser said that “Douglas is the epitome of chesed,” while Msgr. David Cassata said “Douglas is a man of shalom.” Assemblyman Dov Hikind praised Mr. Jablon’s parents, as well as his incomparable wife, Edy. And Martin D. Payson, Maimonides Board Chairman, echoed the sentiments of many when he declared that Douglas “is unique and irreplaceable.”
In his own remarks, Mr. Jablon referred to everyone present as “members of my extended family.” He cited his late father as his greatest inspiration, his children and grandchildren as his greatest joy, and his wife as his greatest strength.
The Aron Medal is named for Jack R. Aron, a long-time Maimonides trustee and benefactor who served as the hospital’s second president and was one of the most important guiding forces in the history of the institution. Mr. Aron directed the 1947 merger of Beth Moses and Israel Zion Hospital to create Maimonides Medical Center. With the help of the Aron family, Maimonides Medical Center established the Jack R. Aron Medal in 1994.
Now celebrating its Centennial, Maimonides Medical Center is among the largest independent teaching hospitals in the nation – training over 450 interns, residents and fellows annually. Widely recognized for its major achievements in advancing medical and information technology, Maimonides has 711 beds and over 70 subspecialty programs. For more information on the state-of-the-art clinical services at Maimonides Medical Center, please visit www.maimonidesmed.org