Business Briefs

Philip Zorzi of Howell, an exclusive agent with Allstate New Jersey Insur-ance Company (Allstate New Jersey), has been recognized by Allstate Insurance Company for high standards in customer satisfaction, customer retention and profitability. Because of this, Zorzi has earned an invitation to attend Allstate Insurance Company’s national conference in Chicago, where the top officers of the company will recognize him. This invitation is a symbol of the dedication Zorzi demonstrates in assisting customers. His Allstate New Jersey agency is one of only 10 percent of insurance agencies and financial specialists for Allstate Insurance nationwide to reach this level of achievement.

Lakewood Township, in conjunction with its Department of Economic Development, the Lakewood Develop-ment Corporation and Industrial Com-mission, is embarking on a full-scale comprehensive business census to stimulate economic growth within the local business and industrial communities.

According to Russell Corby, executive director of the Lakewood Development Corporation, the census project is instrumental in attracting new patrons to the Lakewood area. The results will be available on the township’s Internet Web site:

The survey will give a detailed list of products and services provided by local businesses to prospective clientele in the Lakewood marketplace. Mayor Meir Lichtentein and Deputy Mayor Ray-mond Coles said they believe the exposure and advertisement will increase customer activity, profit, and the overall image of local businesses and industries.

The business census project will be conducted during the next several months with the updating of the Lake-wood Web site occurring later. Bus-inesses may participate by mailing the census response sheet or by telephone interviews. Additional information can be obtained from the Lakewood Devel-opment Corporation at (732) 364-2500.

CentraState Healthcare System, Freehold Township, announced that patients rated CentraState Medical Cen-ter in the top 10 percent for the first quarter in the state, regionally or nationally, in four key service areas, according to Press Ganey Associates, a patient satisfaction measurement and improvement firm.

Patients rated overall inpatient services in the 99th percentile in New Jersey among 57 peer hospitals, and in the 97th percentile in the U.S. among 923 hospitals of similar size. Emer-gency services were ranked in the 97th percentile nationally among 365 peer hospitals. Overall outpatient services were in the 96th percentile in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania region, and 96th percentile nationally among 713 peer hospitals. Ambulatory surgery was ranked in the 93rd percentile in New Jersey among 43 peer hospitals, and in the 98th percentile in the U.S. among 738 peer hospitals.

Paul V. Orecchia, an attorney at the Toms River law firm of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sachs, and Nate Brown, a computer consultant and owner of Comconico Inc., Jackson, have formed Contributech Inc., a nonprofit organization designed to help low-income or disadvantaged children and their families keep up with the use of computers through donations of computer equipment, education and training.

Contributech is actively looking for donations of used or new computer equipment. Contributech will refurbish the donated computer equipment, give it to needy children, and then oversee educational activities such as seminars and programs that will give needy families the same advantages in using computers that many other families have.

Other members of the board of trustees of Contributech are Anne Ettore, Ocean; Joseph Craparotta, of Hightstown; Lawrence Sargent, of Wall, and Lisa Poletti, of Marlboro. Brown is the executive director of Contributech.

To make a donation to Contributech, contact (732) 691-4328 or