The Foundation and the Administration of Bergen Regional Medical Center was pleased to present the Bergen Benefactor Award for 2013 to
for their outstanding accomplishments and dedication to the patients and residents of
Bergen Regional Medical Center.
Louis J. Weiss
Lois Horowitz, CPM
With 40 years of continuous construction-related experience, Lou has been involved in numerous projects in PA, NY, NJ and RI. These projects ranged from small to large residential, pharmaceutical, healthcare, entertainment, government, maritime, data-centers, telecommunications, parochial and public schools as well as multimillion dollar corporate facilities. His extensive operations and construction management expertise have proven leadership competencies in the construction management, real-estate development arenas. Most recently, Lou was instrumental in the Foundation at Bergen Regional’s renovation of the BRMC Auditorium.
Lou is the CEO of WFM-Project & Construction Inc. in Hackensack, NJ. He is also involved with many organizations including: President of Fair Lawn Community Center; Vice President of Gilda’s Club of Northern NJ; Past Chairman for Commerce & Industry Association of New Jersey; Past President for the Radburn Association; Vice Chairman of the 7X24 Exchange NY/NJ; Chairman of the Economic Development Committee- Bergen County WIB; Past Vice Chairman of NECA/IBEW Temporary Disability Board; Past Chairman of NECA/IBEW VDV committee; Trustee on the CIANJ “PENPAC”; Past Chairman of NECA/IBEW Teledata JATC Local 164; Past Member NECA Teledata Negotiation Team; Trustee on the NJSBDC, NJ small business development centers; Past trustee on the Bergen County College Foundation; Chairmen of the Fair Lawn Competivization Committee; Past President of the New Jersey Business Network; Past President of the Fair Lawn Rotary Club; Past President for the Radburn Citizens Association; Past President of the Metropolitan Electrical League; Past Board member for the Radburn Association; Member of the Veterans & Volunteers Coalition and Member of the Bergen County 200 Club.
The Foundation at Bergen Regional Medical Center would not exist were it not for the efforts and dedication of Lois Horowitz. Lois was the founder of the Foundation for the then Bergen Pines Hospital. She served as the Foundation’s Executive Director in addition to her duties as the Hospital’s Director of Public Relations and Volunteer Services. During her tenure with the Foundation, Lois was instrumental in raising over two million in donations of money and services. She established the first public relations programs; designed the Wall of Inspiration and Book of Life fundraising mechanisms; created the hospitals first gift shop; created and supervised a campaign to restore the hospital’s historic 1930 gazebo. Lois also coordinated, designed and helped raise funding for the building of the only Horticultural Therapy Greenhouse in a Bergen County hospital or any county hospital in the state. She designed the first Audio Visual Library in a hospital with support of The Lions Club of Paramus. Lois started the first “Puppy Pal Program” using dogs in therapy at BPCH from the “Seeing Eye Program” in Morristown.” With the support of the Honorable. Governor Kean and the New Jersey Assembly, she was able to design and establish a pension buy-back program for all employees in BPCH and employees in county hospitals throughout the state.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Rutgers University CPM program, she was able to use her creativity and management skills in many ways. From 1974-76 she amassed 5,000 volunteers and raised the funds to save the Garretson Forge and Farm Restoration in Fair Lawn, now an historic site in New Jersey and a museum open to all. Lois was on the Cultural Commission for Bergen County and was the first and only Assistant Director of Cultural and Historic Affairs for Bergen County.
Donations can be made online or sent to:
The Foundation at
Bergen Regional Medical Center
230 East Ridgewood Ave.
Paramus, NJ 07652
Contact the Foundation:
John Cosgrove - Chairman
Nasar Mahmud - Vice Chairman
Richard Colloca - Treasurer
Don Landzettel - Assistant Treasurer
Gitelle Seer - Secretary
Laura Genovese Behrmann
Rabbi Neal I. Borovitz
Jeffrey Carney, Esq.
Serge Dumay, MD
Lucille Joel, EdD
Nicholas Laganella II
Nancy Mueller, MD