Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Hosts Successful Gala Fundraiser

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Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Hosts Successful Gala Fundraiser

Annual Gala raises more than $600,000 to benefit Meridian Health's hospitals and programs

The seventeenth annual Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations Gala, "Navigating the Health of New Jersey," was held on November 22 at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch, and raised more than $600,000.

A sold-out crowd of almost 700 guests attended the event, which honored John and Penny Garbarino of Manasquan and was chaired by Christopher and Maria Maher of Rumson.

As one of the area's leading fundraisers, the gala benefits Meridian's not-for-profit hospitals and community health programs in Monmouth and Ocean counties, including 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, and Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.

"It is through the dedication of our Gala volunteers and participation of our event sponsors that we are able to host this hugely successful fundraising event in benefit of the patients we care for every day," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "This event provides the opportunity for us to spend time with our Meridian trustees, physicians and leaders, who we consider to be a part of the Meridian family, and to thank them for their trust and continued support."

For more information on Meridian Health Affiliated Foundation events, please call Michelle Casserly, special events officer, at 732-751-5112.

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 www.MeridianHealth.com.