RED BANK – Riverview Medical Center has announced a $500,000 charitable donation from Maggie Riker and family to establish the William I. Riker Fund.
The gift will honor the life and legacy of Bill Riker by supporting Riverview’s oncology program, part of Meridian Cancer Care, and the caregivers who are at the heart of Riverview’s comprehensive cancer care.
“The generosity of the Riker family is nothing short of inspirational,” said Tim Hogan, FACHE, regional president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. “This gift will allow Riverview to raise the bar once again when it comes to the outstanding cancer care we provide to the community. Riverview Medical Center is proud to recognize the Riker Family’s longtime leadership and support of the medical center through the creation of this fund.”
Bill Riker was passionate about the importance of education, and to honor his passion, the fund will support the continued education and training of oncology nurses, navigators, researchers and caregivers, as well as the acquisition of related technology.
“The care that Bill received at Riverview Medical Center was exemplary,” Maggie Riker said. “Investing in the education of caregivers provides the team with the best skills and knowledge available in order to combat cancer in new, cutting-edge ways, giving patients their best chance for a favorable outcome.”
Maggie Riker is an active community member, who serves on the board of trustees at Riverview Medical Center Foundation, the Count Basie Theatre, Horizons Student Enrichment Program and the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group of Central Jersey.
Last month marked Maggie Riker’s ninth year on the board of trustees at Riverview.
Tom Gravina, chairman of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, had much to say about Maggie Riker’s tenure. “Maggie is a vital part of this community. Her exemplary devotion to serving others combined with an extraordinary amount of experience has made her a vital asset to Riverview, and the community as a whole.”
William I. Riker was a prominent community member best known for his enthusiasm, humor, and integrity. He died on May 15, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.