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Kessler Institute Honors Patients and Staff at Annual Triumph of the Human Spirit Event

Irene Maslowski

Saturday, December 21, 2013 • 6:20pm

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation (www.kessler-rehab.com) paid tribute to its patients and staff for their exceptional achievements at the hospital’s annual Triumph of the Human Spirit celebration.

“This year, not only do we recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our patients and staff, but also our 65th anniversary,” said Kessler President Robert Brehm. “We have grown from a small 16-bed rehabilitation hospital to a nationally-recognized, 336-bed network across three campuses and more than 85 outpatient centers. And I’m sure Dr. Kessler would be remarkably proud to know that today we continue his legacy of advancing care, sharing knowledge and rebuilding lives.”

Four Kessler patients received the hospital’s Spirit Award for their courage and determination in overcoming the complex challenges of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke and other neurological conditions. Recipients included Carissa Cirotti of Washington, N.J.; Bob Franco, Oak Ridge; Adam Johnson, Howell; and Michael Warren, Hasbrouck Heights. 

Kessler’s annual President’s Award, which acknowledges staff members for their outstanding work, was presented to Mauricio Diaz, PTA, Kessler Rehabilitation Center, Englewood; Kirk Endersby, P.T., NDT, Kessler-West Orange; Mary McCallum, Kessler-Saddle Brook; and Anna Paolino, Kessler-Chester.       

In addition, J. Bradley Williams, PhD, of Avenel, received the Henry H. Kessler Award for Medical Excellence, and Ken Caldera, Director of Human Resources, of Hillsdale, was presented with the hospital’s Leadership Award.

As part of its ongoing commitment to its communities, Kessler Institute and Kessler Rehabilitation Center staff donated more than $8,000 to Kessler Foundation, the nation’s leading rehabilitation research and program organization. President and CEO, Rodger DeRose, accepted the check on behalf of the Foundation.

More than 500 Kessler staff and guests attended the dinner event, which was held at the Hanover Marriott in Whippany, NJ.

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