Cheryl Cilento began working at the Jersey City Medical Center on August 6, 1976 and recalls many fond memories throughout the years. Using the robust tuition reimbursement program, Cilento furthered her education and experienced substantial career progression. Forty-five years later, in her work as the Medical Center’s Physician Liaison, Cilento enjoys her daily responsibilities of interacting with hundreds of physicians, and creating strategies to ensure that medical specialties are available and easy for patients to access at the Medical Center.
Cilento is one of 239 current employees of Jersey City Medical Center, a facility of RWJBarnabas Health, who have reached anniversary milestones and were honored at a festive event on June 2 at Maritime Parc Restaurant in Jersey City. There were also 19 retirees who were recognized for providing decades of service and excellent quality care delivered with compassion.
“I truly feel working at Jersey City Medical Center all these years has been nothing but a true blessing in my life. I am extremely grateful for the many opportunities it has afforded me, from meeting my mentor and lifelong friend, and friends; amazing doctors who cared for my children, my family members and me; co-workers who taught me so much; and the ability to further my career and remain a valued employee are just a few. Overall, I’m honored to be an employee of the Medical Center and will forever be grateful for all its value added to my life” Cilento said.
“Healthcare workers across the country have seen new challenges since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but as always, our team has continued to serve our patients with excellence,” said Michael Prilutsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center.
Mary Cataudella, FACHE, Chief Human Resources Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Jersey City Medical Center, added: “These past two years have tested our resilience, discipline, and confidence, and our team’s consistency throughout this most challenging period has been the employees of Jersey City Medical Center. In the face of uncertainty, they have led by example of what it takes to be healthcare workers.”