Our mission to improve the health status of the communities we serve is the heart of our charitable roots.
At Hackensack Meridian Health, we recognize that the care we provide through our hospitals and partner companies reaches far beyond the boundaries of our facilities. Even as hospitals face growing economic pressures – the growing number of uninsured, the lack of adequate state and federal reimbursement, and increasing costs of pharmaceuticals and technology – Hackensack Meridian Health remains committed to ensuring that the communities that we serve stay well through better health and education.
Community Health Needs Assessments
- 2016 Meridian Health Community Health Needs Assessment Report
- 2011/12 Meridian Health Community Health Needs Assessment Report
- Community Resource Center at Freehold Raceway Mall
- Life Support Training Center (CPR)
- Taking Care of New Jersey Mobile Health Van
- Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Community Program
- Sky Blue FC Women’s Professional Soccer Team
Hackensack Meridian Health offers a variety of services and activities to keep people informed about health and wellness. Some of these initiatives include:
Adult Health Initiatives
Active Adult Health & Wellness Outreach: Hackensack Meridian Health brings health and wellness events, health screenings, educational seminars, and special events to active adults in our service area.
Booker Health Sciences Library: The Booker Health Sciences Library at Jersey Shore University Medical Center provides free topical research on any health topic.
Call Center Services: Hackensack Meridian Health provides 24/7 call center services to the community to locate physicians, health care services, and support groups as well as to register for health education and screening programs.
Health Education: Hackensack Meridian Health physicians and other health care professionals offer hundreds of educational programs and special events covering such topics as asthma, diabetes, nutrition and healthy eating, behavioral health, cancer and survivorship, heart disease and stroke, and many more.
Health Screenings: Early detection is critical to successfully managing many health issues. Hackensack Meridian Health provides free and low cost screenings for a variety of conditions, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, body mass index, bone density, stroke risk assessment, diabetic retinopathy, cancer, and more.
Support Groups: Hackensack Meridian Health understands that everyone will face a difficult life challenge at some point, whether the loss of a loved one, learning to live with a chronic disease or facing cancer. Meridian offers numerous support groups for patients and their caregivers, where sharing with others who are going through the same experience can provide comfort and support.
Children’s Health Initiatives
Doctor Bernard and the Pawsitive Action Team: Doctor Bernard is the Director of Fun and Good Health for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Doctor Bernard and his Pawsitive Action Pals are making the rounds through schools in our service area, teaching children how to stay healthy, eat right, stay fit, and be safe.
Outreach, Education, and Screenings: Hackensack Meridian Health team members conduct outreach, education, and screening programs throughout the year, including cancer detection, baby sitting safety, bike helmet safety, and asthma education.