October 26, 2020
Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy is wrapping up its sixth season of its Learning Garden. To date, the Learning Garden has harvested 185 pounds of produce that has been given to Raritan Bay Medical Center patients or patrons of Peter’s Pantry in Perth Amboy.
“With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt strongly in the beginning of the season to grow a variety of nutritious vegetable and herbs and to provide them to those in need locally,” said Thomas Shanahan, chief hospital executive, Raritan Bay Medical Center.
The Learning Garden produces various different produce including, asparagus, basil, beans, kale, potatoes, turnips, beets, cabbage, chives, dill, squash, spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, collards, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, parsley, pepper, sage, tomatoes, and much more.
In addition, The Learning Garden has programs that focus on educating the community and Raritan Bay Medical Center team members about the benefits of organic container gardening and the nutritional and medicinal value of fresh produce. Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Nina Regevik, M.D., FACP, ABIHM, medical director, Integrative Health and select community partners work together to provide education. Assisting the Learning Garden is garden expert, Alan DeFalco. For more information about Raritan Bay Medical Center, please visit www.rbmc.org.
About Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center
For more than 100 years, Hackensack Meridian Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge have provided a full continuum of health care services to residents of Central Jersey. Raritan Bay Medical Center is one of less than one percent of hospitals in the world to achieve Magnet Recognition, the “Gold Standard” for nursing practice, quality, and safety in patient care, four times. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Raritan Bay Medical Center as high performing in Orthopedics, Nephrology, COPD and Heart Failure.
The medical center is a New Jersey state designated Primary Stroke Center and recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing optimal treatment of stroke patients. Raritan Bay is also a recipient of the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the AHA’s Heart Check Mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers and the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award recognizing high-quality care of patients experiencing a severe heart attack.
The Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge, provides the latest advances for treating diabetes and its complications as well as other metabolic and endocrine disorders. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive orthopedic program, and Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay-Old Bridge and Center for Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay-Perth Amboy, both specializing in weight loss surgery. As part of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive health networks, patients have access to advanced specialized services with a seamless continuum of care, close to home.