In the News

Dental disease more prevalent than 20 years ago
August 21, 2017

Hackensack Meridian, NJII cut ribbon for first health care incubator in New Jersey
August 18, 2017
Agile Strategies Lab, a partnership between Hackensack Meridian Health and New Jersey Innovation Institute and the first incubator for health care in New Jersey, held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday.

Innovation is the Future of Health Care
August 17, 2017
Whenever I think of innovation, I think of lessons learned from Steve Jobs, whose curiosity and desire for new technologies to enhance our lives is unrivaled in modern times.

4 Foods to Add to Your Diabetes Diet for Stronger Skin
August 17, 2017
Everyday Health
Paying close attention to your diet can help you manage your weight and your blood glucose levels, but did you know certain foods can also promote healthier skin?

Horse therapy program benefits pediatric patients
August 17, 2017
Pony Power Therapies is a nonprofit organization set in the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains that offers therapeutic riding.

Hackensack Meridian Co-CEO describes NJ's physician shortage to Steve Adubato
August 11, 2017
Robert Garrett, Co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, joins Steve Adubato to address New Jersey's primary care physician shortage and shares how the new Hackensack Meridian-Seton Hall Medical School will work to combat the shortage.

Three NJ Hospitals Win National Acclaim
August 9, 2017
Hackensack University Medical Center, Morristown Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick are once again the first, second and third-best ranked hospitals in New Jersey, according to the U.S. News and World Report's annual ratings announced on Tuesday.

94.3 The Point, 92.7 WOBM (8/3) Heads up, Phones down! Are you addicted to using your phone all the time

Addiction to smartphones is a very real thing. Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., chairman of psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, shares how smartphone addiction stems from a compound in the brain called dopamine. For some people it is the equivalent that if they don’t have their phone, it’s like trying to quit nicotine or caffeine.

Asbury Park Press (8/3) Nurses at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center ratify contracts

Negotiations with 1,500 nurses represented by HPAE at the two hospitals ended with a contract ratified and team members receiving raises of up to 2.5 percent. The hospital’s bargaining committee worked hard through nearly 20 sessions since June 21 to reach agreements which resulted in our continued delivery of safe, high-quality care for patients and competitive and fair wages and benefits for our teams. (Additional media coverage included: Asbury Park Press (8/3) Nurses at two Hackensack Meridian hospitals get up to 2.5 percent raise; (8/3) Nurses Ratify a 1 Year Contract with Hackensack Meridian Health; (8/2) Nurses at coastal hospitals reach agreement with Hackensack Meridian Health; PharmacyChoice (8/2) Hackensack Meridian, nurses agree on new contract; SandPaper (08/02) Federal Mediator Joins Contract Negotiations for Nurses at Southern Ocean Medical Center; Medical Health News (8/1) Hackensack Meridian, nurses agree on new contract; Asbury Park Press (8/1) Hackensack Meridian, nurses make progress on new contract; Asbury Park Press Letter to the Editor (7/31) Nurses deserve appropriate compensation; 92.7 WOBM (7/31) News Flash Briefing; Becker’s Hospital Review (7/28) Federal Mediator Aids Negotiations for Nurses and Hospitals; Becker’s Hospital Review (7/28) Nurses bring in federal mediator as possible strike looms; Publicnow (7/28) Federal mediator joins negotiations between nurses and Hackensack Meridian Health; and Medical Health News (7/28) Nurses at 2 Shore hospitals threaten Aug. 10 strike.)

Infrosoft Health (8/3) Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive American College of Cardiology Awards for Heart Attack Treatment

Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel and Ocean Medical Center in Brick have received the American College of Cardiology's NCDR ACTION Registry - Get with the Guidelines Platinum Achievement Award for outstanding care for cardiac patients. (The story was also included in the Paramus Post.)

Two River Times (8/3) Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Honored for Outstanding Treatment for Heart Attack Care (see attached)

Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center were featured in a regional publication, the Two River Times, for having received the Mission: Lifeline Gold or Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award - implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Hackensack University Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center were honored with the Mission:Lifeline STEMI Bronze Receiving Award. Raritan Bay Medical Center was honored with the Mission:Lifeline STEMI Bronze Plus Receiving Award.

Link News (8/2) Dean Q. Lin named to Monmouth University Board of Trustees Dean Q. Lin, president of Ocean Medical Center and regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health, is elected to the Monmouth University Board of Trustees. In addition to his duties at the network, Dean serves on the fellowship of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest private medical society in the U.S. and is a trustee with Fulfill (formerly the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean counties). (Monmouth University and Two River Times also featured this story.)

Sandpaper (8/2) Hospital Foundation Raises $200,000 at ‘Signature Social’ at Bonnet Island

On July 28, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation hosted the Third Annual Signature Social, raising nearly $200,000 in support of programs and services at Southern Ocean Medical Center. The cocktail reception took place at Bonnet Island Estate on Long Beach Island where more than 200 guests joined in celebration of the hospital.

Asbury Park Press (07/30)  Booker: Obamacare critical in addiction treatment

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center hosted Senator Corey Booker for a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The panel was chaired by Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and was attended by law enforcement, government and medical professionals, civic leaders, recovering opioid addicts and a family of an addict who died from an overdose. According to Hackensack Meridian Health Regional President Dean Lin, 20,000 Narcan treatments were administered by police and EMS over the past three years. Dr. Ramon Solhkhah, chairman of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, reported that Monmouth and Ocean counties accounted for 20 percent of all hospital admissions related to opioid abuse in the state. ( also featured a story.)

Daily News Sunday (7/30) The opioid emergency

The opioid epidemic is an issue that touches families of every race, income and educational demographic. Americans are dying for stronger leadership on the nation’s most pressing public health crisis.  Governor Chris Christie is pictured in the article holding a drug addicted baby in the NICU at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. (Also appeared in the Metro West Daily News.)

Paramus Post (7/29) Hackensack Meridian Health Opens Urgent Care in Freehold

The newest facility is the network’s first urgent care facility in Monmouth County, further expanding patient access to high-quality, on-demand health care services. “At Hackensack Meridian Health, we are committed to helping our communities stay healthy by increasing access to quality care,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.