Neptune, NJ – May 14, 2020 – To safeguard supporters, Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation has moved its annual Women’s Heart Fund reception to a virtual fundraising event to be held on May 29 at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of the planned reception, the foundation will host a program that donors can stream live to continue to raise funds for Hackensack Meridian Health’s network wide COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Donors are helping to fund personal protective equipment, ventilators, sterilization equipment, support for isolated patients, emergency tents, increased staffing costs and more.

The virtual event will include videos from Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, inspirational videos and a tribute to our health care heroes working to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines. 

To participate, individuals can register at HackensackMeridianHealth.org/HeartFundThey will be sent a link to the program in the week leading up to the event. There is no cost to participate, however donations in support of the event can be made on the registration website.

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In addition, members of the community are invited to help celebrate Hackensack Meridian Health’s health care heroes by submitting a short video (five to 15 seconds maximum), photo or drawing that can be included in the program. Submissions can be sent to WHFVirtualEvent@hackensackmeridian.org.

“We are so grateful to the Women’s Heart Fund board for deciding to allocate all proceeds of their virtual fundraising event to help our network’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “Their previous fundraising initiative, which was announced in February, was to support a lecture series in conjunction with the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery & Innovation. The board instead, quickly recognized the need to fund the fight against COVID-19 and opted to place a temporary hold on that endeavor to instead make sure that our communities – their communities – will be able to get the care they need should they contract the virus. It is incredibly generous, and we are thankful for their support.”

The Women’s Heart Fund board is chaired by Heidi Maggs and event co-chairs are Lauren Harms-Kreig and Dawn Kokes. The board wishes to express gratitude to this year’s platinum sponsor: The DG Foundation; gold sponsors: The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Karen Goldblatt, Jereme and Dawn Kokes, Rick and Lisa Loshiavo, Anita and Joseph Roselle and Stephen and Janine Triano.

For more information, or to make a reservation for the Women's Heart Fund Annual Reception, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/HeartFund. To learn more about the Women’s Heart Fund or how you can support their work, please contact Stephanie Giordano, vice president of Individual Giving and Strategy, Meridian Health Foundation, at 732-751-5165 or stephanie.giordano@hackensackmeridian.org.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S HEART FUND

The mission of the Women’s Heart Fund (WHF) is to champion women’s health issues in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties and to facilitate learning and engagement with the larger Hackensack Meridian Health community. First and foremost, the WHF is deeply committed to education about the importance of women’s health; we therefore aspire to engage women at the Board level who will serve as powerful influencers and conveners in the communities we serve.  Through our outreach work and events, the WHF seeks to increase philanthropy each year for women’s health programs, services, and technology as well as other Hackensack Meridian Health funding priorities. 

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 17 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 – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick. 

Additionally, the network has more than 500 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 more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 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 four hospitals among the top 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 and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 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 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. 

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.