Norman Worth, WRNJ Radio and Dr. Maithili Rao, Founder of Advanced Care Oncology and Hematology Associates.

The Foundation for Hackettstown Medical Center is pleased to announce their upcoming inaugural fundraiser – “Shining the Light.” This new fall social event will highlight Atlantic Health System’s Hackettstown Medical Center and celebrate two very special honorees – Community Honoree Norman Worth of WRNJ Radio, and Physician Honoree Dr. Maithili Rao, Oncologist and founder of Advanced Care Oncology and Hematology Associates (ACOHA).

This event will be held at David’s Country Inn on Weds., Oct. 11, from 5:30-9:30 pm, and will feature delicious food and drink, live music and lots of mixing and mingling. Cocktail attire is suggested.  

 “So many great things are happening at Hackettstown Medical Center. The investments that Atlantic Health System has made to enhance services at our hospital are substantial and meaningful,” said Community Honoree, Norman Worth. “It’ll be a pleasure to be part of an evening that will highlight how far we’ve come and how the funds we raise will further benefit our community medical center – and the residents of our region, with continued expansion of state-of-the-art technology, programs and much needed services.” 

Worth has been a member of the Foundation Board of Directors for over 25 years, as well as a member of the hospital’s Community Advisory Board for much of that time. 

Physician Honoree Dr. Rao has been an oncologist for over 15 years and brought ACOHA and their large team of oncologists to Hackettstown Medical Center six years ago. Since then, ACOHA has been integral to growing patient volume in the Outpatient Infusion Center, as well as in the Joan Knechel Cancer Center.

 “Recognizing the need, we began building the cancer center program at Hackettstown Medical Center. We thank the patients in this community for placing their trust in us and helping us build this into a comprehensive cancer treatment center,” said Dr. Rao. 

Excited for all they can offer cancer patients in this region, Dr. Rao explained, “The future is promising with new cutting-edge advances in cancer diagnoses, genetic testing, and treatments. Together, we can continue making a difference, one person at a time, and ensure that quality medical care is readily available where it matters the most – close to home.”

Proceeds from “Shining the Light” will remain local and will support programs and services at Hackettstown Medical Center.  

To purchase tickets to attend, sponsorship opportunities or how you can recognize this year’s honorees with a digital ad, visit You may also contact the Foundation office at 908-850-6876.