Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 21, 2018
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Hackensack Meridian Health  
732-776-4166
Donna.Sellmann@hackensackmeridian.org

Join Experts from K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and Former NY Giants Stephen Baker to Tackle Kids Cancer at iPlay America

 

Neptune, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center will host an event dedicated to pediatric cancer research and programs on Friday, September 28, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tackle Kids Cancer will take place at iPlay America at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, NJ.

“The event is designed to provide a fun evening for children and their families who have had to deal with a cancer diagnosis, as well as help raise funds for this important health issue that affects the youngest members of our community,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. “It’s also an opportunity for local residents to learn about the highly specialized expertise and strong commitment to compassionate, personalized care that is at the core of our pediatric cancer care program.”

Current and former pediatric cancer patients will receive free ride passes for the event, and discounted ride passes will be available to the general public. Fifty percent of all ride passes purchased and 20 percent of all Game Time Bar & Grill purchases will be donated to Tackle Kids Cancer, a philanthropic initiative of the Children’s Cancer Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer while supporting cancer research.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with former NY Giants wide receiver, Stephen Baker. Plus, register to win great prizes including a free iPlay birthday party and tickets to The Christmas Spectacular Show at Radio City Music Hall.

“The hematology and oncology experts at our hospital are committed to serving the pediatric patient population as they cope with a cancer diagnosis or manage a chronic blood disorder,” says Jessica Scerbo, M.D., section chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. “We offer a state-of-the-art program and have a dedicated team that provides 24/7 close-to-home coverage for families in the Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex county region. We’re pleased to dedicate this evening to the amazing patients we are so privileged to care for.”

Visit TackleKidsCancer.org/iplay or call 800-560-9990 for more information or to register.

 

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org