Southern Ocean Medical Center to Host Mother Daughter Evening of Fun

March 25, 2019

Girls just want to have fun, and on Wednesday, April 10 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., sixth, seventh and eighth-grade girls and their moms/caregivers are invited to a fun evening devoted to their health and well-being at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center’s “Healthy Choices” event. This free event will take place at Sea Oaks Country Club, 99 Golf View Drive in Little Egg Harbor Township. Registration opens at 5 p.m. A light dinner, giveaways and door prizes will be offered.

This year’s highlights will include informative lectures and hands-on demonstrations by health experts and community resources who will highlight the importance of making healthy life choices. Lisa Vernon, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist of Southern Ocean Medical Center, will talk about the physical and psychological changes girls experience at this age and how these changes can affect their health, self-esteem and social relationships. Other highlights will include: tips on internet safety and cyber bullying, improving communication, alcohol, tobacco, vaping and drug awareness, and self-defense demonstrations on how to protect yourself.

“One of the best investments we can make in our community is to cultivate tomorrow’s young adults and I am delighted we can help make a difference by offering events such as this to inspire young women to live healthier and happier lives,” said Regina Foley, Ph.D., MBA, RN, chief hospital executive of Southern Ocean Medical Center.

The event is sponsored by: Southern Ocean Medical Center, Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium, Long Beach Island Health Department, Family Planning Center of Ocean County, Gold Hawk Tae Kwan Do and LEH, Tuckerton and Eaglewood MAC.

Registration is required. For more information and to register, call 1-800-560-9990 or visit


Located in the heart of southern Ocean County, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center has been caring for the community for over 40 years. With more than 400 physicians and over 1,000 dedicated health care professionals, the medical center provides comprehensive high-quality, advanced inpatient and outpatient services. Numerous investments have been made to facilities and services to bring advanced treatments, breakthrough technologies and skilled expertise to patients, including: advanced imaging services for expert screening, diagnostics and treatment, laboratory services, pain management, telemedicine for stroke patients, maternity, sleep medicine, bariatric surgery, cardiovascular services and rehabilitation, convenient outpatient locations and two urgent care centers. The Emergency Department sees more than 40,000 patients of southern Ocean County each year in a setting that reinforces comfort, privacy and compassion. The completion of the state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center provides a single destination for multidisciplinary cancer treatment and advanced radiation therapies. A committed focus to expanding physician expertise has increased the scope of advanced specialty care available close to home. The nurses and allied health providers are consistently recognized as providing high-quality, personalized care to patients and their families. Southern Ocean Medical recently received a four star rating from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services for overall hospital quality. The nursing team achieved Magnet® status, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence for nursing practice, quality and safety in patient care. Southern Ocean Medical Center is a designated primary stroke center and is designated by the ACS-MBSA QIP as the most comprehensive quality bariatric surgery program in the region.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 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 four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

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.

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