Women’s Heart Fund

…The Heart of Meridian

The mission of the Women’s Heart Fund (WHF) is to educate people in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties about the importance of women’s health and to raise funds for women’s programs, services, and technology at Meridian Health (which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Community Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge). For more information, to become a member, or to support the annual fund, please contact Stephanie Giordano at 732-751-5165.

Women’s Heart Fund Tenth Annual Spring Luncheon Featured Panel Discussion on Women’s Health

The Women’s Heart Fund hosted the 10th Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, June 2 at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, NJ. The fundraising event raised $40,000 and featured a newly introduced interactive panel discussion for guests to learn more about important women’s health topics.

The panel discussion was led by executive leadership from Meridian Health and influential members of the community who addressed women’s health issues, work and family life balance and simple steps we can take to be happier, healthier and more relaxed. Members of the panel discussion included:

  • Dawn Calderon, D.O., chief of cardiology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Stacy Doumas, M.D., director of education and department of psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • Regina Foley, R.N., MHA, FACHE, FCPP, chief operating officer, Bayshore Community Hospital (moderated the panel discussion)
  • Denise Johnson-Miller, M.D., medical director, Breast Surgical Oncology Program, Meridian Health
  • Evelyn Minaya, M.D., board certified obstetrician and gynecologist and vice president of Women Caring for Women

The luncheon, chaired by Francine Acquaviva and Alyssa McKenna, also featured a networking hour, an array of assorted hors d'oeuvres, a plated lunch, a 50/50 raffle and an advertising journal. 

Over the years, Women’s Heart Fund has raised $600,000 to support Meridian Health’s cardiac services, programs and technology. The money raised not only benefits patients who turn to Meridian’s CardioVascular network for highly advanced, personalized cardiac care, but it has been utilized to support community outreach initiatives that focus on improving the health and wellness of our community. New this year, in addition to raising funds to support cardiac services, Women’s Heart Fund expanded their funding priorities to also include women’s health services and programs at Meridian.


Members of the Women’s Heart Fund Board at the Annual Spring Luncheon

In collaboration with Meridian Cardiovascular Network, which offers the most complete range of heart and vascular services – from prevention and diagnosis to advanced surgery and rehabilitation, the Women’s Heart Fund stresses the importance of heart health while raising funds that support the best cardiovascular care close to home.

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 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:
Meridian Health Foundation
1345 Campus Parkway
Suite A2
Neptune, NJ 07753

Women's Heart Fund Board Members Mollie Giamanco*, Chair
Nancy Seidenstein*, Vice Chair
Alyssa McKenna, Treasurer
Denise Puma*, Secretary

Francine Acquaviva
Barbara Brager
Mary Burke
Doreen DeMarco
Mollie Giamanco*
Karen Goldblatt*
Lauren Harms-Kreig
Marybeth Hershkowitz
Vita Kolber*+
Lisa Loshiavo
Nila Luccarelli
Heidi Maggs*
Alyssa McKenna
Patricia (Patty) Micale
Gina Petillo
Denise Puma*
Dawn Reinhardt
Paulette Roberts*
Anita Roselle*
Nancy Seidenstein*
Kerrie (Wagner) Debbs*+

*Founding Member        
+Member Emeritus