Ocean Medical Center Celebrates Earth Day With Educational Lectures and Displays For Community

Contact:Donna Sellmann

Ocean Medical Center Celebrates Earth Day With Educational Lectures and Displays For Community

Program to Address Global Warming, Air Pollution and Health, plus much more

The community is invited to learn about the tie between environment and health as part of an Earth Day celebration at Ocean Medical Center. Walter Wynkoop, M.D., FCCP, a board certified pulmonologist, will speak about "Global Warming, Air Pollution, and Your Health" as part of the day's educational events. The 30 minute lecture will take place twice, at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on April 22.

"People may be surprised to know that global warming is expected to lead to increased heat related deaths and disease," says Dr. Wynkoop. He adds that, "Air pollution kills more than 64,000 Americans annually and causes respiratory problems in millions."

Dr. Wynkoop's presentation is part of a series of activities that Ocean Medical Center has organized to help educate their staff, visitors, and the public at large. A second lecture will be given by William DeCamp, Jr., president of Save Barnegat Bay, on the topic of, "Barnegat Bay: How to Bring it Back to Life." This 30 minute lecture will take place at 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

In addition to the free lectures, there will be a variety of vendors (such as Costco, Target, Nature's Best Natural Foods, A&P, and Shaklee) displaying earth friendly products. Displays from New Jersey Clean Power Choice, Save Barnegat Bay, the Environmental Services Department at the hospital, and the hospital's White Paper Recycling Initiative will be represented. Also, a Hybrid vehicle will be on display, courtesy of Toyota Scion World of Lakewood.

Displays and education will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ocean Medical Center's atrium. The lectures by Dr. Wynkoop and Mr. DeCamp will be held in the Community Room, adjacent to the atrium. Registration is not required and the entire community is welcome to participate.

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.