Newswise — Earlier this week, members of the Lakewood BlueClaws visited with the littlest patients at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and handed out autographed baseballs. Each baseball season, members of the Lakewood BlueClaws take time out of their busy baseball season schedules to spend time with the patients at the Children’s Hospital. Along with patient visits, the Lakewood BlueClaws, in partnership with Meridian Pediatric Network, now a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, offer Doctor Bernard’s Kid Zone, which is located on the third base concourse at First Energy Park in Lakewood, NJ. Doctor Bernard’s Kid Zone offers a massive, 22-foot slide, moon bounces, bungee runs, and an obstacle course. Everything is open from the time the gates to the ballpark open one hour prior to the game, until the later inning of that day's ballgame.

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 other program in the region. The network extends from prevention and wellness to diagnosis and treatment through rehabilitation and recovery. Here, everything your child needs happens in synch at the expert hands of specialists who treat each child as one of their own.

About Hackensack Meridian HealthHackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, 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.” 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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