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2013 Press Releases


Lifelong Dedication to Compassion and Humanism
Leads to Generous Gift for Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

(Englewood, NJ) April 1, 2013 – Reflecting on fond memories, Tenafly resident Suzan Gordon lovingly speaks about her late parents, Nason and Hattie Gordon, whose 50+ year marriage was a showcase for love, compassion and humanism. In tribute, their names now grace the entryway of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s new inpatient dialysis unit which debuted at a special ribbon cutting ceremony on February 4, 2013. The Nason and Hattie Gordon Dialysis Center for Humanistic Care, made possible thanks to a generous philanthropic gift by Suzan, will dramatically increase efficiencies for EHMC clinical staff while providing patients and their families with state-of-the-art care in a soothing space that offers privacy and comfort.

“My parents were quite a team, working together well into their mid-nineties, always with clear minds and energy,” said Ms. Gordon. “They built a successful business together; my mother serving as bookkeeper, confidant and advisor while my father skillfully created a real estate portfolio. Even as their health began to fail, they retained their spirit of love and joy and I believe the clinical team at Englewood Hospital helped make that possible.”

Nason and Hattie looked to Austin Pattner, MD, their longtime private physician and friend, for guidance and support related to their health and wellbeing. “Nason and Hattie always travelled together,” said Dr. Pattner who also serves as Section Chief of Nephrology at EHMC. “Their visits were often as much social as they were professional and it was a great pleasure to work with them. To see their legacy live on through this new dialysis center is an honor for our Medical Center.”

Dr. Pattner cared for Mr. and Mrs. Gordon at EHMC as the need for inpatient hospital stays became more frequent.

"I was extremely impressed with the care my parents received and wanted to ensure that others enjoy the same exceptional attention," said Ms. Gordon. "I have seen the Hospital grow into a world-class Medical Center through the years that I spent there with my parents. By way of this gift, I hope to keep the tradition of excellence ongoing at EHMC as a tribute to Dr. Pattner, EHMC and my humble and deserving parents.”

The 4,500-sq.-ft. Nason and Hattie Gordon Dialysis Center for Humanistic Care, located on 3 East in the Main Hospital building, will include:

Seven private patient bays, including two fully enclosed private rooms.

A calm and serene environment created by an abundance of natural light and the use of soothing earth tones in the décor.

A centralized nursing station from which nurses can view all patients in the unit.

A technically advanced reverse osmosis system which quietly and efficiency removes impurities from the water.

A private consultation room.

Storage and utility rooms.

A range of amenities, including a nurses’ lounge, and a large and comfortable waiting area for patients’ family members.

“The new inpatient dialysis center is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to embracing innovation and technologies that will place EHMC at the cutting edge of healthcare,” said Warren Geller, EHMC President and CEO. “Our inpatients needing dialysis will now have the most advanced treatment available in the compassionate humanistic setting that EHMC is so well-known for.”

In addition, the new unit will provide an ideal setting for Resident Physicians to gain exposure and training in all aspects of acute and critical dialysis care.

EHMC Foundation works closely with individuals like Ms. Gordon, who value the importance of investing in the future of the local community.

“Englewood Hospital is fortunate to have friends like Suzan Gordon," said Debra Albanese, Executive Vice President of EHMC Foundation. “Her generosity will have an immediate long-lasting impact for our patients and their families.”

The Nason and Hattie Gordon Dialysis Center for Humanistic Care is now welcoming patients and families. Visit englewoodhospital.com to learn more about the unit. For information about EHMC Foundation, visit englewoodhospitalfoundation.org or call 201.894.3725.  


About Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center provides the highest level of compassionate, patient care and safety through a broad range of advanced clinical programs, treatments and diagnostic services. It is renowned for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its affiliation with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in many disciplines, including internal medicine, critical care medicine, surgery, pediatrics, podiatry, and pathology.   Additionally, many members of Englewood Hospital’s medical staff serve as faculty at Mount Sinai. Englewood Hospital has earned numerous accreditations from the Joint Commission and other organizations and is among the four percent of hospitals nationwide honored with the prestigious Magnet nursing award, a distinction that has been earned three times by its nursing staff.