May 15, 2014 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Wednesday, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, along with Barnabas Health facilities held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to kick-off the Half-Marathon Walking Challenge for employees to celebrate the one-month countdown to the start of the upcoming 2014 Special Olympics USA Games.
To celebrate the countdown, employees joined President and CEO of Saint Barnabas Medical Center John F. Bonamo, MD, MS; Livingston elected officials: Mayor Michael Rieber, MD, Deputy Mayor, Michael Silverman and Town Council Member, Rudy Fernandez; along with Senior Vice President, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Tom Varga; and three Special Olympic Athletes from Team New Jersey: Keith Fisher, Teresa Kelly, and Kieran Trott.
More than 1200 employees and physicians of Barnabas Health have committed to volunteering at the Games—224 of those volunteers are from Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
“As we countdown to the NJ Games from June 14-21 Saint Barnabas Medical Center employees will be challenged to walk 13.1 miles in support of the games and to promote healthy active lifestyles,” said Saint Barnabas’ Director, Public Relations and Marketing Sally Malech, MPH, RD. “We encourage others to take the challenge too and to join us in supporting the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games.”
“Special Olympic is such an important organization that makes an incredible difference in the lives of so many people,” stated Bonamo. “It is our privilege to be involved and we embrace the opportunity to contribute to the success of the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games.”
According to Malech, “Barnabas Health is proud and privileged to be the only healthcare Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Games’ Family Programs, welcoming the thousands of family members from throughout the United States.”
Barnabas Health is also a contributing Sponsor for Special Olympics’ first-ever Healthy Young Athletes program. This program is designed to assist families of future Special Olympics athletes ages two to seven. The program will help to meet the challenges they face in identifying their child’s medical needs through free educational programs, medical screenings, and family consultations.