At the Livingston Township Council meeting on Monday, December17, Mayor Steve Santola announced that Saint Barnabas Medical Center is donating $100,000 in support of Livingston’s 2013 Bicentennial Celebration. This donation makes Saint Barnabas Medical Center the premier, Black Diamond Sponsor for the Celebration.  Mayor Santola referred to the donation as a “pace-setting and leadership gift that gives a tremendous boost to our bicentennial activities, and is in itself a cause for celebration.”

John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Louis LaSalle, Vice President, External Affairs, attended the Council meeting to present a check to the Council for the Bicentennial Celebration. In response to hearty applause, Dr. Bonamo spoke about the reasons for the Medical Center’s generous donation and about the long-time connection between Livingston and Saint Barnabas. “Livingston has been home to Saint Barnabas Medical Center since November 29, 1964.  Since our beginning, Saint Barnabas has grown from a small community hospital into an award-winning, academic Medical Center that is one of the busiest in the state. We could not have done so without the support of the township and the community. The Bicentennial is our opportunity to thank and assist our town as we celebrate this important milestone,” stated Dr. Bonamo.

Mayor Santola explained that the Bicentennial Committee is reaching out to local businesses and individuals for financial support of the 2013 festivities.  “The leadership example of Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s support will set the pace for generous support and involvement in what is going to be a year-long celebration of Livingston’s past, present and future.  We hope everyone will be inspired by this generous gift and will choose to be involved in the bicentennial through their financial gifts and participation in events.”

Saint Barnabas Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing the highest level of patient care. It is home to the third largest kidney transplant program in the nation, New Jersey’s only burn center, one of the state’s largest obstetrics programs and a premier neonatal intensive care unit that leads the nation in survival rate for very low birth-weight babies. The Medical Staff of over 1,500 physicians covers more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services. For more information, call 973-322-5000 or visit  Saint Barnabas Medical Center is located 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039.

Money raised for the bicentennial fund will be used to support a wide range of events, programs, and activities, almost all of which will be free to the public.  The bicentennial fund will also finance the purchase of a legacy gift for the Township.

Under the banner “Livingston at 200,” twelve-months of Bicentennial events have been planned, with a theme for each month. In January, the focus will be on Livingston’s strong tradition of volunteerism, with a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on January 24, a Volunteer Fair on January 26, and the traditional Day of Service on Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  In February, the focus will move to honoring township founders and long-time Livingston families.  Governor Thomas Keane will be present at a Founder’s Day celebration on the evening of February 5.  For an overview of the twelve months of Bicentennial events and activities, visit the Livingstonat200 Facebook page or go to