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Sep 17, 2018
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A Day of Fun, Wellness and Family at Jersey Shore University Medical Center on September 23

- Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center will host its annual Community Day on Sunday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event will take place in front of the new HOPE Tower on the hospital’s campus at 19 Davis Avenue in Neptune. The event is free and packed with fun family activities as well as tours of the new HOPE Tower, which was designed to provide a healing outpatient experience. The tower features a new cancer center, pediatric and adult medical specialists, pre-admission testing, laboratory services, imaging services, academics and research, and a conference center for educational programs.

Community Day is the hospital’s signature event that features a Children’s Health Fair presented by K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. The free day of family fun has a healthy twist. Guests can enjoy the interactive children’s health fair, a complimentary catered lunch, music and an inflatable play area that will feature a 70-foot Extreme Obstacle Course, Sports Mania attraction, and Fun Derby races. Valuable health information and free screenings include blood pressure, BMI, cholesterol, stroke and bone density.

Kids will have a blast at the teddy bear clinic, where the first 500 guests will receive a free teddy bear donated by iPlay America. Kids will then make their way through an interactive display area where team members from many hospital departments will make learning about health and wellness a ton of fun. Guests can register for a chance to win great door prizes like a free birthday party at iPlay America at or 1-800-560-9990.

The day will also include a special appearance by Doctor Bernard and the “Pawsitive Action Team,” K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital’s special team of friends who teach children how to stay healthy, eat right, stay fit, and be safe.

Tours of the new HOPE Tower will be offered at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free parking for the event is available in the HOPE Tower garage.

“Community Day at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a great celebration of fun, fitness and family. The children’s health fair and teddy bear clinic is a terrific, interactive way for us to share information with the community about staying healthy, have them meet our dedicated team members, and learn about our health care services and expertise,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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