On Saturday November 4th, Dr. Nicholas Laurora will be honored for his outstanding medical career at the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Foundations 17th Annual Harvest Cotillion for Health. He was selected by his colleagues as this years Physician Honoree an honor that was previously presented to Dr. Mohan Sehdev in 2004 and Dr. Carl Stanzione in 2005.
I am very honored and so is my family, said Dr. Laurora. I think its a bigger honor for me due to the fact that now Im retired.
The popular black-tie gala will be held at the elegant Parsippany Sheraton Hotel. This years theme, Motown Magic, will transcend the ballroom into a fabulous party featuring great songs and plenty of dancing.
Dr. Laurora is truly a deserving honoree, said Cotillion co-chairs Monika Hamburger and Kathy Allen. Dr. Laurora has been a dedicated physician in the community and at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center for many, many years. He is a memorable and colorful character who has touched many lives.
Dr. Laurora currently lives in Long Valley with his wife Jeanne and their beloved Brittany Spaniel, Lucky. They are currently working on building a retirement home in North Carolina.
When it comes to the Laurora family, the apple certainly doesnt fall very far from the tree. Dr. Laurora has four children and all of them are involved in the medical field. Dr. Laurora, who is known for his great sense of humor, added with a laugh, All of my family going into medicine - its a genetic deficiency! The Lauroras have five grandchildren.
Over the years, Dr. Laurora has delivered thousands of babies, many of them in the new Childbirth Center at HRMC. The Childbirth Center is a wonderful thing for the community. Its a great unit that has really grown, he said. Incredibly, Dr. Laurora has delivered five sets of triplets and one set of quadruplets, none of which required c-sections.
Dr. Laurora notes that while he doesnt miss getting called out in the middle of the night, he does miss my patients, my office staff and the hospital staff. Staying home, he conceded, is also taking some time to getting used to. I was more relaxed in the OR at the hospital than I am at home! he quipped.
The doctor proudly noted that since opening the office in 1970, he had the same secretary/office manager, Sonja Harchar, who now works for Dr. Lauroras good friend and colleague, Dr. Stanley Skoczylas.
Although he is still cleaning out his office, Dr. Laurora is looking forward to more free time. Now that I am retired, maybe Ill have more time to use the fishing equipment that Ive collected over the years, he said. Dr. Laurora also enjoys going to flea markets and bird hunting.
Masterfoods USA, a Mars, Incorporated Company, is the presenting sponsor of the highly anticipated annual event. Gerald H. Lipkin, Chairman, President and CEO of Valley National Bank, is the events Honorary Chairman.
The evening will include music, dining and dancing, a high-value 50/50 raffle drawing and the annual Silent Auction, which includes a host of superb items such as unique sports memorabilia, jewelry, furs and other great merchandise and gift certificates.
As the fundraising arm of Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, the Foundation raises money throughout the year for new technology services and special building projects. Proceeds from this years Cotillion have been specifically earmarked for the development of a new, Low-risk Cardiac Catheterization and Vascular Laboratory at HRMC.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Cotillion. For ticket or sponsorship information, or for more details about the Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Foundation and how it can work for your benefit, please call the Foundation office at (908) 850-6876.