Manahawkin, NJ –Little Egg Harbor resident Bette Bauer and LuCille Perry of Northborough, Mass., raised more than $38,000 for Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation by hosting Links for Life at Sea Oaks Country Club on October 7. The golf outing welcomed 120 golfers, and 240 total attendees, who gathered to raise funds in support of the cancer center at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center.
The fundraiser was held in memory of Bauer and Perry’s mother, Audrey M. Perry, who passed away from breast cancer at the age of 69. In addition to a day of golf, participants enjoyed lunch and dinner, as well as raffles and auctions and a health fair, which included free screenings and health assessments. In addition, Paul Chung, M.D., a hematologist and oncologist at Southern Ocean Medical Center, spoke about future trends in cancer treatment and technology.
“It was our pleasure to host this golf outing,” says Bauer. “It’s a great way to raise funds for our local hospital – which is doing great work treating community members living with cancer – while honoring the legacy of our mother, who passed much too early from this disease.”
To thank Bauer and Perry for their generosity, Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation hosted a brunch reception on October 21 where Bauer presented the foundation and Dr. Chung with a check for $38,100. The volunteers who helped to organize the outing also attended the reception, as did Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., a radiation oncologist at the medical center.
“We are so appreciative of community members like Bette and her sister, LuCille, who go the extra mile to support our medical center,” says Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RN, chief hospital executive of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Receiving a cancer diagnosis is not what it used to be thanks in large part to the generosity of donors like them, who help to support the vital services and technologies needed to defeat the disease. We are truly thankful for their support.”
Funds raised at events such as Links for Life all contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of a capital campaign called Giving Heals, administered by Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation, the umbrella foundation of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation. Giving Heals supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.
“We are incredibly grateful to Bette and LuCille and everyone who supported Links for Life,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation. “The funds raised from this event will have a tremendous impact on both the hospital and community and we are so grateful to everyone who is helping to make a difference in the lives of individuals living with cancer.”
To learn more about how you can support cancer care at Southern Ocean Medical Center, or for more information about the Giving Heals campaign, contact James Young, executive director of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, at email@example.com or 609-978-3040.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH SOUTHERN OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER
Located in the heart of southern Ocean County, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center has been caring for the community for over 40 years. With more than 400 physicians and over 1,000 dedicated health care professionals, the medical center provides comprehensive high-quality, advanced inpatient and outpatient services. Numerous investments have been made to facilities and services to bring a new level of innovative technology, advanced treatments and skilled expertise to the southern ocean community, including: bariatric surgery, urology and uro-gynecology, cardiovascular services and rehabilitation, advanced imaging services for expert screening, diagnostics and treatment, laboratory services, pain management, telemedicine for stroke patients, maternity, sleep medicine, convenient outpatient locations and two urgent care centers. Southern Ocean is designated by the ACS-MBSA QIP as the most comprehensive quality bariatric surgery program in the region.
The Emergency Department sees more than 40,000 patients of southern Ocean County each year in a setting that reinforces comfort, privacy and compassion. A committed focus to expanding physician expertise has increased the scope of advanced specialty care available close to home. The completion of the state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center provides a single destination for multidisciplinary cancer treatment and advanced radiation therapies and the new Vascular Surgery Center provides specialized care and expert diagnosis and treatment of arterial and venous disease. The nurses and allied health providers are consistently recognized as providing high-quality, personalized care to patients and their families. Southern Ocean was awarded an ‘A’ rating in the spring 2019 Leapfrog Safety Grade and received a four star rating from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services for overall hospital quality. The nursing team achieved Magnet® status, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence for nursing practice, quality and safety in patient care. The Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) has been awarded continued Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association for offering high-quality education services. Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Project Aware program was highlighted in the 2018 Commerce and Industry of New Jersey CEO Best Practices Award and the medical center has been honored for Environmental Excellence by Practice Greenhealth. Southern Ocean is a designated primary stroke center and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report in 2018-19 as a high performing hospital in heart failure.
ABOUT THE MERIDIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION GIVING HEALS CAMPAIGN
Giving Heals is a $150 million regional comprehensive campaign to raise funds for strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. Publicly announced at the Meridian Health Foundation Gala on November 17, 2018, the campaign will run through 2020. Over $90 million dollars has been raised to date to support following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.
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 34,100 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 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 and being named to Becker’s Health care’s “150 Top Places to Work in Health care/2018” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 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 HackensackMeridianHealth.org.