As a patient, donor and volunteer, Ms. Romaine has witnessed EHMC’s transformation and the pride that it instills in people whose lives have been touched by the Medical Center. “It is a privilege to be able to contribute to this,” says Ms. Romaine, who was inspired to give in recognition of excellent patient care delivered by Chief of Orthopedic Surgery Asit Shah, MD, PhD. Her generous Campaign gift named one of the operating suites. “The doctors have always been there for me,” she explains. “I have been so well cared for. I think I am very fortunate.” Ms. Romaine is hardly alone. Over the next 15 years, the demand for full-joint replacements are on track to increase by more than 700% in the United States, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. As aging seniors, Baby Boomers and others want to maintain or improve their quality of life, the Medical Center is meeting northern New Jersey’s growing demand for orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery thanks to Foundation donors.
Dr. Shah believes it is his good fortune to know Ms. Romaine. “She is awesome,” he says. “There are a few people who are very motivational in your life. She inspires me to be good to every patient.”