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Garretts gift $2.65M to endow Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian med school dean's post

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Dr. Bonita Stanton, left, with Hackensack Meridian Health's Robert Garrett and his wife, Laura Garrett.
Dr. Bonita Stanton, left, with Hackensack Meridian Health's Robert Garrett and his wife, Laura Garrett. - ()

Hackensack Meridian Health co-CEO Robert Garrett and his wife, Laura Garrett, have provided a $2.65 million gift in honor of the new Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine’s founding dean, Dr. Bonita Stanton.

She was appointed to the Robert C. and Laura C. Garrett Endowed Chair for the School of Medicine Dean.

“Endowed chairs are among the highest honors conferred in academia, and the $15 million in support of endowments at Hackensack University Medical Center reinforces its role as one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in the country,” the health system said in a statement.

“Laura and I are thrilled to create this endowment to recognize the highest standards required in a leader of our medical school,’’ Garrett said. “Dr. Stanton has practiced with distinction as a physician and academic, and will continue to bring the highest standards in medical education to the next generation of physicians.’’

Stanton was recognized for her achievements in medical education and pediatric medicine — which include consulting with the World Bank, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

“Dr. Stanton lived and worked with her family in Bangladesh from 1983 to 1988 — where she served as a health consultant to the World Bank and the International Center for Diarrheal Diseases Research, and as director of a community-based research and service program designed to help women and children in the slums of Dhaka,” according to Hackensack Meridian Health.

She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles.

“Dr. Stanton’s commitment to the health of women and children, in the U.S. and in some of the most challenging corners of the globe, exemplifies the compassion and spirit in which this new school is created,’’ said Laura Garrett, founder of Realtime Nutrition.

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