K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Partners with Spirit of Children to Support Child Life Program

September 21, 2016

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center was selected as a charitable partner of Spirit Halloween’s Spirit of Children program, which provides fun and funding to its partner hospitals during the Halloween season and all year long. As part of the Spirit of Children program, 11 Spirit Halloween stores in the local area will conduct in-store fundraising campaigns that will specifically benefit the Child Life Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. In addition to collecting in-store donations, when customers utilize Spirit Halloween’s 10-for10 coupon, they receive 10% off their purchase and Spirit Halloween will match it with a 10% donation.

“We are extremely grateful to begin this partnership with Spirit of Children,” explains Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The money they raise year after year to support Child Life makes a huge difference in the lives of so many young patients.”

Area stores collecting donations for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital include:

· 310 Route 36, West Long Branch, NJ (Home Depot Center)

· 340 U.S. Highway 9, Lanoka Harbor, NJ (Next to Payless and Bridgestone Tire)

· 3681 Route 9 N., Freehold, NJ (Former Sleepy’s)

· 601 Washington Ave., Ste. F, Stafford Township, NJ (Next to Pier 1 Imports)

· 2331 State Route 66, Ocean, NJ (Former Furniture King)

· 110 Brick Plaza, Brick, NJ (Former Ethan Allen)

· 303 Route 35, Ste. 3, Eatontown, NJ (Former Petco)

· 4765 Route 9 N., Howell, NJ(Located in the Kohl’s Center next to Pier 1)

· 167 U.S. Highway 9, Ste. 3, Englishtown, NJ (Former Diamond Castle)

· 1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ (Tent in Macy’s parking lot off Hooper Ave)

· 3710 Route 9, Freehold, NJ (Former Bath & Body Works)

To download the “10-for-10” coupon, visit www.meridianhealth.com/SpiritHalloween.

Led by trained pediatric experts, the Child Life Program at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital provides a variety of activities throughout the day to help create a fun and positive environment in the hospital and helps alleviate the stress associated with illness. Whether it’s bedside, in playrooms or in the teen lounge, special activities may include art therapy, pet therapy, music therapy, and “medical play” to communicate detailed medical information to children in an age appropriate manner.

Since the launch of Spirit of Children’s fundraising component in 2007, the program has raised more than $29 million in cash and merchandise donations. In 2015, Spirit of Children worked with over 130 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Every dollar donated goes directly to the partner hospitals’ Child Life departments.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 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, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report,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.” 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.