Hackensack Meridian Health Has Heart

February 3, 2017

The state’s most comprehensive and integrated health network, is celebrating Heart Month throughout February

Edison, NJ, February 3, 2017 – The statistics around cardiovascular disease, including heart attack and stroke, are alarming. It is the leading cause of death in the U.S., responsible for one in three deaths every year. Someone suffers a heart attack every 30 seconds, and another has a stroke every 45 seconds. However, there is some good news. 80 percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable. Hackensack Meridian Health is encouraging its communities to know the risks and make simple lifestyle changes.

For the communities it serves, Hackensack Meridian Health offers comprehensive cardiac care close to home, including a full range of preventive, diagnostic, and treatment options. Hackensack Meridian Health blends exceptional cardiac expertise and leading-edge technology with an extraordinary commitment to highly personalized patient care. Its interdisciplinary team of heart specialists has developed a powerful program for identifying, treating and managing cardiovascular conditions for patients of all ages. When it comes to cardiac care centers, you want the best and most experienced. Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center were recently ranked as two of the busiest cardiac care centers in the state.

In celebration of American Heart Month, Hackensack Meridian Health is offering community events providing expert advice, heart healthy tips, and the latest information about prevention and treatment when it comes to cardiovascular care. The events will take place at locations throughout New Jersey, and embrace American Heart Month’s signature red symbols. A calendar of events can be found at www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org/Classes-Events/.

“As the region’s leader in heart health, the hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health are proud to provide these programs and positive lifestyle changes,” says Joseph E. Parrillo, M.D., chair, Heart and Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC. “It is our hope that with this information we can reduce the risk for heart disease and make our communities a more heart healthy place to live.”

As a sign of support, several Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are glowing red for Heart Month. Hackensack Meridian Health is also challenging its team members to participate in a 10-million step challenge, where team members are challenged with increasing the number of daily steps they take.

“One of the most important actions people can take toward maintaining a healthy heart is physical activity,” says Dawn Calderon, DO FACC, chief of Cardiology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “To celebrate Heart Month, we are encouraging team members to log the daily steps they take with a personal goal of 10,000 steps a day.”

The Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals have been regionally and nationally recognized as a leader in health care. Some of the honors include:

  • The Heart and Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the country for cardiac services
  • Mountainside Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Bayshore Community Hospital and Ocean Medical Center received the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Award
  • Healthgrades awarded Jersey Shore the recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for 10 Years in a Row
  • Raritan Bay Medical Center received the American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines –Stroke Silver Plus Award,
  • Riverview Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Southern Ocean Medical Center received the Get With the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus and Target Stroke Quality Achievement Awards

To check out how Hackensack Meridian Health is celebrating American Heart Month, visit our Facebook pages by searching for Hackensack Meridian Health and 365 Days of Heart.


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, HackensackUMC Palisades 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.

For additional information, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org.