2017 New Jersey Psychiatric Association Program for Excellence

Excellence can be defined in many ways. For example, Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines excellence as “very good of it’s kind: eminently good.” Excellence is not always rewarded and most of the time is not performed with intent. Therefore, it is nice when organizations notice and honor the person completing the excellent action(s).

The New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA) is one of those organizations, recognizing outstanding members for their contribution to the field of mental health and the association with a Program for Excellence Awards Luncheon. On November 19, 2017, NJPA presented the Remarkable Achievement Award to Cheryl Kennedy, MD and honored Immediate Past President Consuelo Cagande, MD at Pines Manor in Edison, New Jersey.

The 2016 Distinguished Fellows William Harvey Carson, MD and Inua Momodu, MD, and Distinguished Life Fellows Usha Bhatt, MD, Lee Hindin, MD, Philippe Khouri, MD, and Daniel van Kammen, MD were also honored at this event.

Professional Risk Management Services (PRMS) was pleased to sponsor the PRMS Resident Fellow Member Achievement Award. Melanie Smith, PRMS Senior Vice-President Client Relations, presented awards to Drs. Jasmin Lagman and Stephen Mateka. Dr. Lagman received the award for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Psychiatry and Dr. Mateka for his Outstanding Contribution to the New Jersey Psychiatric Association.

PRMS congratulates all the award recipients and honorees and we thank them for their excellent service to mental health! We also applaud NJPA for encouraging and recognizing member achievements.

For more about NJPA, visit www.njpsychiatry.org.

From left to right: Jennifer Contorno, NJPA Member Services Coordinator, Stephen Mateka, DO, Jasmin Lagman, MD, and Patricia DeCotiis, Esq. NJPA Executive Director.


From left to right: Randall Gurak, MD, NJPA President, Jasmin Lagman, MD, and Melanie Smith, PRMS Senior Vice President, Client Relations.

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