Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar Contest Winners Announced!

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Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar Contest Winners Announced!

All 4th graders in Monmouth and Ocean counties asked to submit a picture depicting

Meridian Healthis proud to announce the winners of the 1st Annual Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar Contest. Meridian Pediatric Network is a comprehensive lineup of doctors, nurses, caregivers, and services that provide seamless coordination for children through every step of an injury or illness, offering more subspecialty care and expertise than any program in the region. Through the Calendar Contest, all Monmouth and Ocean counties fourth graders were invited by Doctor Bernard, director of fun and good health at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, to draw a colorful picture showing how they stay fit and healthy. With nearly 800 entries, from 37 schools and 56 different towns, the winners were selected by a panel of judges from the community and Meridian's medical centers.

The winning entries were judged based on how the artist conveyed the contest theme, overall quality of artwork, and artistic ability. Winners were determined by a panel of judges who gathered at the new Jane H. Booker Family Health Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, to review the top 53 Meridian Pediatric Network calendar contest entries.

After reviewing the entries, the judges selected the final 13 winners.

  • Maysi Salt, E. Dover Elementary School, Toms River (Grand Prize Winner)
  • Yarelys Fuentes, Freehold Early Learning Center, Freehold
  • Morgan Speer, Beachwood Elementary School, Beachwood
  • Guadalupe Herrera, Audrey W. Clark Elementary School, Long Branch
  • Connor McKeown, St. Rose Elementary School, Belmar
  • Nicholas Marini St. Rose Elementary School, Belmar
  • Kelly Smith, St. Catherine's Elementary School, Spring Lake
  • Ellie George, Gregory School, Long Branch
  • Ebenezer Shim, Gregory School, Long Branch
  • Patrick Skurat, Frank Duggan Elementary School, Marlboro
  • Sophie Zara, St. Dominic Elementary School, Brick
  • Laura Neff, Point Road Elementary School, Little Silver
  • Madison Caputo, Wolf Hill Elementary School, Oceanport

"These young artists competed with hundreds of other students from all over Monmouth and Ocean counties and should be extremely proud of themselves," says Steven Kairys, M.D., chairman of Pediatrics at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital. "The Meridian Pediatric Network strives to improve the health of the children in our communities, and the Calendar Contest was a fun way to promote a healthy living at an early age."

Doctor Bernard, along with his Pawsitive Action Team pals Hopscotch and Picatso, traveled to the schools of each winner to award them with a plaque and let them know their winning artwork will be used in the 2011 Meridian Pediatric Network Calendar.

The panel of judges included Barbara Brager of the Children's Advisory Committee at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital; Lori Colineri, R.N., vice president of nursing, Riverview Medical Center; Regina Foley, R.N., vice president of nursing, Ocean Medical Center; Steven Kairys, M.D., chair, department of pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital; Lucy Kalian, Children's Advisory Committee at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital; Steve Littleson, FACHE, president, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital; John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president, Meridian Health; Riley O'Hare, member of the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital Junior Ambassador Program; Christie Rampone, Olympic gold medalist and spokesperson, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital; Lou Russo, radio host, 94.3 The Point; and Patricia Swannack, vice president, Monmouth University.

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is at the heart of the Meridian Pediatric Network, and offers the most subspecialty care and pediatric expertise in the region. The Meridian Pediatric Network is made-up of a comprehensive lineup of doctors, nurses, caregivers, and services that provide seamless coordination for children through every step of an injury or illness. No program in Monmouth and Ocean counties offers more complete, coordinated care, can be accessed from Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, or at K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune. For more information on the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital or to receive a list of pediatric specialists, please call 1-800-DOCTORS.