Hackensack Meridian Health Joins #FitForTheFrontLine Challenge with Nation’s Top Medical and Academic Centers in Support of Frontline Health Care Workers

Fitness challenge honors and supports health care heroes

Newswise — (Edison, NJ – May 27, 2020) Hackensack Meridian Health is joining medical centers across the United States to start a country-wide movement of physical activity to honor and support frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives. Spearheaded by Mount Sinai Health System, #FitForTheFrontLine is a national fitness challenge which began on Tuesday, May 26, and ends on Sunday, June 14 (Flag Day). The event encourages Americans young and old to move, exercise and get fit to increase awareness and raise funds to support our nation’s health care heroes. 

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the front line of nurses, doctors, scientists and other support staff has met the historic challenge in the war against the virus. Now, the #FitForTheFrontLine challenge empowers all Americans to take part during this still-challenging time. The call to action is simple: choose any activity; dedicate your activity to #FitForTheFrontLine at Hackensack Meridian Health; post the donation link (www.flow.page/hmhnewjersey); and ask for pledges of support. 

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 will not be vanquished overnight,” says Robert C. Garrett. “Our frontline workers will continue to care for patients impacted by this virus, as well as those with long-term effects. These brave heroes may yet be called upon again to face future outbreaks, which is why they need our show of support now. We are thrilled to participate in this initiative with some of the nation’s most prestigious health care systems and hope that everyone will join us in rallying around our health care heroes.” 

#FitForTheFrontline partner medical centers include Mount Sinai Health System, Baylor College of Medicine, BJC HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, MedStar Health, Michigan Medicine, Montefiore Einstein, NewYork-Presbyterian, Northwell Health Foundation, Northwestern Medicine, NYU Langone Health, Penn Medicine, RWJBarnabas Health, Temple Health, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, University of Chicago Medicine, UW Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, Weill Cornell Medicine and Yale New Haven Health. 

Goldman Sachs & Co., Peloton, Discovery, NBCUniversal, dtx and Pinterest recognized the brave work of all frontline workers and have signed on to be the founding corporate sponsors for the #FitForTheFrontline challenge. As part of their involvement, the sponsors will mobilize employees to join the movement, incentivize company-wide goals and / or matching donations, leverage senior leaders to serve as influencers and promote the campaign through social media posts on their corporate channels.

 

For more information, visit www.flowpage.com/FITFORTHEFRONTLINE, or visit the following

Hackensack Meridian Health pages:

 

To join the campaign as a corporate sponsor, contact Katherine Parker at katherine.parker@mountsinai.org or 917-596-9344. To join as a medical center partner, contact Eileen Solomon at 646-605-8801 or eileen.solomon@mountsinai.org.

 

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 17 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 – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick. 

Additionally, the network has more than 500 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 more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 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 four hospitals among the top 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 and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 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 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.

 

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