Women's Heart Fund

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.

For more information, to become a member, or to support the annual fund, please contact Stephanie Giordano at 732-751-5165.


2018 Women’s Heart Fund Annual Cocktail Reception

The Women’s Heart Fund annual cocktail reception will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at our new location in Ocean County, Bay Head Yacht Club, in Bay Head, New Jersey, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the United States with breathtaking and unparalleled views of the Barnegat Bay.

This year’s annual cocktail reception will feature an array of fine foods, spirits and live music with cocktail attire, a 50/50 raffle, auction and new this year, a virtual advertising journal. As the exclusive event for the Women’s Heart Fund in 2018, we hope you will join us as we celebrate our community and help further our mission.

For more information or to register now, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/HeartFund.

2017 Women’s Heart Fund Annual Cocktail Reception

On June 2, the Women’s Heart Fund welcomed more than 230 guests to the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ where together with special guests, Chazz and Gianna Palminteri, they raised more than $75,000 net in support of Women’s Services at Hackensack Meridian Health. The fundraising results are a record high for the Women’s Heart Fund Board.

All proceeds from the reception are funding the construction of the Center for Surviviorship and Wellness Care that will be housed in the new HOPE Tower at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The Center for Survivorship and Wellness Care will provide services for those receiving treatment for cancer to improve their well-being. Patients throughout Hackensack Meridian Health will benefit from the Center, which is set to open in 2018.


Since its inception, the Women’s Heart Fund has raised more than $700,000 for Hackensack Meridian Health programs and services. The funds have been used for a variety of needs including; vascular screening equipment for AngioScreen®, scholarships for nurses, a peaceful waiting area in the CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Community LifeSavers programming to train young people in CPR, a Community Health van used daily to transport health screening equipment to high-risk groups, sending key health care providers to an educational integrative medicine conference titled “Health Kitchens, Healthy Lives”, and the construction of the Center for Survivorship and Wellness Care at HOPE Tower.

The Women’s Heart Fund is proud to have provided the following support:

  • 2016 Educational Integrative Medicine conference titled “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives” for key health care providers throughout our health network.
  • 2015 Funding the Community of Life Savers program which trains high school students in CPR and the use of an AED
  • 2014—2015 Funding the waiting area in the new CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • 2013 Portable Vascular Screening Module and subsidizing the cost of the Angio screening for people in underserved communities
  • 2012 Portable Vascular Screening Module
  • 2011 Pediatric Cardiology Program
  • 2010 Meridian Nursing Scholarships for Cardiac Care
  • 2009 Meridian Nursing Scholarships for Cardiac Care and contribution to Ocean Medical Center for STEMI equipment
  • 2008 Equipped MONOC Ambulances with STEMI EKG equipment
  • 2007 Pathways to a Healthy Heart handbook

You can mail a contribution to:
Hackensack Meridian Health

Meridian Health Foundation
1340 Campus Parkway
Building C, Unit 4
Neptune, NJ 07753

Women’s Heart Fund Board Members

Heidi Maggs*, Chair
Alyssa McKenna, Vice Chair
Lauren Harms-Kreig, Treasurer
Patty Micale, Secretary
Francine Acquaviva
Barbara Brager
Mary Burke
Doreen DeMarco
Mollie Giamanco*
Karen Goldblatt*
Marta Gutierrez
Marybeth Hershkowitz
Karen Hinds
Vita Kolber*+ (Emeritus)
Lisa Loshiavo
Nila Luccarelli
Marilyn Perricone
Gina Petillo
Denise Puma*}Dawn Reinhardt
Paulette Roberts* (Emeritus)
Anita Roselle*
Nancy Seidenstein (Emeritus)*
Kerrie (Wagner) Debbs (Emeritus)*+

*Founding Member
+Member Emeritus

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