On Sunday, October 23rd, VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services, along with the South Jersey Catholic Medical Association, celebrated their annual White Mass for Healthcare Workers.  The principal celebrant was Bishop Dennis Sullivan.

Following the mass, the bishop was joined by Gerald Burke, president of the South Jersey Catholic Medical Association, to present the St. Luke Awards. The St. Luke Award is presented in recognition of the personal and professional examples the honorees have provided in promoting Catholic principles and values in healthcare in Southern New Jersey. This year’s recipients were, Reginald Blaber, M.D., of Our Lady of Lourdes, and James P. Dwyer, D.O., of Navipoint, LLC.

Dr. Blaber, a resident of Haddonfield, is executive director of the Lourdes Cardiovascular Institute and vice president of Cardiac Services at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. He also serves as chairman of the Department of Medicine at Lourdes and is a practicing cardiologist.  For years, Dr. Blaber has led Lourdes’ charity care program to ensure that needs individuals had access to appropriate care.  In addition, Dr. Blaber has served on the board of The Joseph Fund and organized a group of primarily Lourdes physicians to provide medical care to the homeless residents of Joseph’s House in Camden.  Dr. Blaber earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Dr. Dwyer is executive coach and consultant for Navipoint LLC, where he assists healthcare organizations in identifying and helping physicians navigate the challenges of the healthcare leadership landscape. Before establishing Navipoint, he was executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Virtua Memorial.  Dr. Dwyer was also vice president and chief operating officer at Virtua.  Throughout his career, he has continued to practice medicine as a rheumatologist.  Dr. Dwyer graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Following the mass and award presentation was a catered reception sponsored by Our Lady of Lourdes, with guest speaker, Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., addressing the topic of “Divorce Prevention”.

The annual White Mass is scheduled each year on the Sunday near the feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist, who tradition holds was a physician.


Pictured above are, from left:   Fr. John Rossi, (Master of Ceremonies), Fr. Joseph Monahan, (Director of Pastoral Care at Our Lady of Lourdes), Fr. Jerold Cruz, (Hospital Chaplain at Cooper Health System), Bishop Dennis Sullivan, James Dwyer, D.O. ( St. Luke Award Recipient), Gerald V. Burke, M.D., Esq., (President of the South Jersey Catholic Medical Association), Reginald Blaber, M.D., (St. Luke Award Recipient), and Deacon Gerard Jablonowski, (Director of VITALity Catholic Healthcare Services).

Photo by James McBride of the Star Herald



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