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Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - Community leaders Barbara Cook and Bill Bottino honored at local cancer center

VINELAND, NJ (February 20) – The South Jersey Healthcare Foundation honored Barbara Cook and Bill Bottino for their extraordinary contributions to cancer awareness and research at a recent naming ceremony. The SJH Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion’s second floor lobby now displays the names of these two individuals, who unfortunately lost their lives to cancer, but whose families and organizations have continued their legacies in the community and have donated more than $160,000 to SJH’s cancer research efforts.

(L-R) Bob Karan, President of the Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation, Marty Cook, husband of the late Barbara Cook, Elizabeth Sheridan, SJH’s chief operating officer of the Regional Medical Center and corporate chief nurse executive, Carolyn Heckman, vice president of community relations for SJH and UMH and executive director for SJH Foundation and UMH Foundation, Melanie Pirollo, administrative director of cancer services at SJH, Bill Bottino, Jr. and Patti Bottino, son and wife of the late Bill Bottino, and Michelle Marshall, assistant vice president of oncology and women’s health services at SJH.

“In life, Barbara and Bill greatly impacted our community in many ways,” said Carolyn Heckman, vice president of community relations for SJH and UMH (Underwood-Memorial Hospital) and executive director for SJH Foundation and UMH Foundation. “It is remarkable that in passing, their imprint on this community has not only grown, but it has inspired many to pull together and help others who have been affected by cancer.”

Barbara Cook was well known for her philanthropy, fitness resolve, community involvement, county and local board contributions and effervescent personality. She was co-owner of Quality Lincoln-Mercury-Hyundai in Millville and was one of the founding board members of the SJH Auxiliary. Since her death to pancreatic cancer in 2008, Cook’s family worked to establish the Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation.
Bill Bottino was many things to many people — a loving husband, a good son, a dedicated father, brother and friend. Bottino was a mentor among his friends and family and was also a distinguished business leader in the community. He was the President and CEO of Bottino’s ShopRite Supermarkets, shaping the culture of the organization around his strong values. Bottino was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005 and died less than a year later in 2006. His family and the Bottino’s organization has since worked to increase cancer awareness in the community and to raise funds in his name.   

Cook was integral in starting a one-day run, ride, walk charity fundraising event at the New Jersey Motorsports Park, which was the predecessor to the Bill Bottino Mud Run for Cancer that is now held every fall. At this past year’s event, the Barbara Cook Cancer Foundation and the Bottino’s organization and family worked together to raise a notable $150,000 to support SJH’s Cancer Services and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

“Each day we see the many people in our community who have been touched by cancer,” said Melanie Pirollo, M.S., R.N., A.O.C.N., administrative director of cancer services at SJH. “We strive to provide our cancer patients with the highest quality of care and work diligently to increase our understanding of the disease and discover new treatments through research. Our program is incredibly grateful for the contributions made on behalf of Barbara and Bill, as it has enabled us to continue our mission and support the community.”

The SJH Foundation is the fundraising entity of South Jersey Healthcare, a premiere health care provider in southern New Jersey with hospitals in Vineland, Elmer and Bridgeton and a regional cancer center in Vineland. The foundation is dedicated to establishing renewable financial resources that provide dollars for needed programs and services and to ensure the continued growth of an endowment fund for the support of South Jersey Healthcare. For more information about the SJH Foundation, including donation information and volunteer opportunities, please call (856) 641-8290.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of southern New Jersey residents.