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Hackensack Meridian Health Launches Sponsorship of Cumulus Radio to Create New Studio in Manhattan

New Jersey’s most integrated health network announces a historic and innovative strategy to grow its brand and celebrates opening of unique space, in conjunction with Kelly Clarkson performance

Hackensack Meridian Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership with radio giant Cumulus Media in the heart of Manhattan to create the Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 Performance Studio, a new venue to promote the network’s highly ranked care as well as creating a site for expert health panels, charity events and other network activities.

Recording star Kelly Clarkson, the first winner of American Idol who has sold more than 25 million albums, will be in Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 today with 95.5 PLJ and be a part of celebrating the launch with executives from Hackensack Meridian Health, 95.5 PLJ radio personality Race Taylor and other hosts from popular Cumulus stations including NASH FM 94.7, 77 WABC and Radio 103.9 WNBM.

“This new collaboration is a game changer in getting our network’s message of quality care and innovation to the public,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our mission focuses on providing exceptional care and enhancing people’s lives in our communities and this exciting venture is another way to achieve that goal.”

Clarkson, who is releasing her new album Meaning of Life and will serve as a judge on The Voice this season, gave a concert in the studio Friday located on the 17th floor of 2 Penn Plaza.

Hackensack Meridian Health will have exclusive sponsorship of all performances at Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 which will include dozens of interviews on Cumulus stations with the network’s top ranked physicians and other health care experts beyond New Jersey. The studio will create new opportunities for the network to keep the public informed of its signature innovations: the launch of a new medical school with Seton Hall University next year; a venture with the New Jersey Innovation Institute in Newark to create a unique program to launch new products and systems to improve health care; and a partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to expand treatment.

“On behalf of everyone at Cumulus New York, we are honored to partner with Hackensack Meridian Health, an organization we all know as top ranked and committed to improving lives. We look forward to bringing our radio station brands to life and provide unique opportunities together in Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17,” said Chad Lopez, vice president, market manager, Cumulus New York.

“We are always looking to connect with our communities and this strategy and new studio – right in all of the energy of Manhattan – is a winner,” said John K. Lloyd, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

The studio will host panel discussions from a variety of experts including the creative forces behind new strategies to improve health care; leading specialists who are delivering cutting-edge care at our 13-hospital network and brilliant educators who will train the next generation of physicians in New Jersey.

“Hackensack Meridian Health prides itself on being innovative in all ways, including how we connect with and interact with consumers,” says Chrisie Scott, chief marketing officer, Hackensack Meridian Health. “We recognize that people enjoy unique, intimate, immersive experiences that they can share through social media. This partnership with its access to amazing artists and talent, gives our brand a chance to be front and center with people when they are enjoying life and not necessarily thinking about needing a doctor or a health care service, which may just be the perfect definition of health.”

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 and three other hospitals ranked among the top 10 in New Jersey, more than any other network in the state. The network also consistently achieves Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a 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 – Hackensack University Medical Center 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, 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.

About Cumulus Media

A leader in the radio broadcasting industry, Cumulus Media (NASDAQ:CMLS) combines high-quality local programming with iconic, nationally syndicated media, sports and entertainment brands to deliver premium content choices to the 245 million people reached each week through its 447 owned-and-operated stations broadcasting in 90 US media markets (including eight of the top 10), 8,000 broadcast radio stations affiliated with its Westwood One network and numerous digital channels. Together, the Cumulus/Westwood One platforms make Cumulus Media one of the few media companies that can provide advertisers with national reach and local impact. Cumulus/Westwood One is the exclusive radio broadcast partner to some of the largest brands in sports, entertainment, news, and talk, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, Westwood One News, and more. Additionally, it is the nation’s leading provider of country music and lifestyle content through its NASH brand, which serves country fans nationwide through radio programming, exclusive digital content, and live events. For more information, visit www.cumulus.com.

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