Meridian CardioVascular Network Celebrates American Heart Month at the Annual Red Dress Event

Contact:Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager

Meridian CardioVascular Network Celebrates American Heart Month at Annual Red Dress Event

For the seventh year in a row, Meridian Health’s Red Dress event will celebrate American Heart Month and raise awareness for women’s heart health. The fun-filled, health-focused event will take place at Watermark, a chic lounge in Asbury Park. In partnership with The Heart Truth™ campaign, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Meridian CardioVascular Network’s Red Dress event will showcase fashions from the famous Red Dress Collection.

Guests will also learn from Meridian CardioVascular Network experts, including Dawn Calderon, D.O., FACC, chief of Cardiology & director of the Adult Congenital Heart Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “The Red Dress is a stylish symbol with a serious message. It’s an important reminder that heart disease is still the #1 killer of women in the United States, and that we need to empower and educate women to take charge of their own heart health,” explains Dr. Calderon.

Dr. Calderon will also discuss her recent work with Community of Lifesavers – a landmark movement started by Meridian Health and the American Heart Association that has successfully trained thousands of people and students in Monmouth and Ocean Counties to perform CPR, and helped schools gain access to automated external defibrillators (AED).

“Too many women, moms and families have been affected by sudden cardiac arrest – a medical emergency that if not treated immediately, will result in brain damage or death. And cardiac arrest is more common amongst children than one might think. In fact, the American Heart Association estimates that there are approximately 100 student athlete fatalities each year from sudden cardiac arrest. But the good news is that with fast, appropriate medical care, survival is possible,” says Dr. Calderon. “Learning CPR and how to use an AED can increase survival 200% to 300%, and can give you the power to save a life,” adds Dr. Calderon.

At the event, guests will also enjoy a front-row view of red dresses from acclaimed designers, including Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Badgley Mischka. Select dresses debuted at NYC Red Dress Collection fashion shows, and were modeled by celebrity supporters such as supermodel Christie Brinkley, CBS This Morning host Gayle King and Kylie Jenner, a reality TV star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Join the festivities at Watermark in Asbury Park – a New Jersey town known for its celebration of music, art, food and fun – on Thursday, February 19, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The evening promises to delight with signature red cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, door prizes and giveaways. Tickets are $50.00 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Meridian CardioVascular Network. The event will also highlight women’s stories about surviving heart disease and offer expert tips on how to decrease risk factors. For tickets, please call 1-800-DOCTORS. To view a complete listing of events that will take place this year, or to learn more about heart health matters, visit
About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge.  In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding to merge.  Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for five consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit