Newswise — Neptune, NJ – July 16, 2020 Nearly $240,000 was raised during the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Virtual Golf Classic. To safeguard supporters, the foundation moved its annual golf classic to a virtual fundraising event that was held on July 13 at 4 p.m. In lieu of the planned outing, the event featured a program that donors live streamed to continue to raise necessary funds for Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital’s greatest needs, helping us to improve care during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

The virtual event included updates from Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, inspirational videos, a tribute to our health care heroes working to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines and demonstrations by the team at Deal and Hollywood Golf Clubs, the would-be venues for the 2020 in-person event. Supporters can view the program at

Gifts in support of COVID-19 relief and to help Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital fulfill their greatest needs, may be made at

“Thank you to everyone who generously supported this annual event, particularly as the pandemic mandated that we transition it to virtual golf outing,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian - Meridian Health Foundation, to which the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation belongs. “Although the pandemic may be temporarily at bay in our state, we are still recovering from its initial onslaught. Additionally, if we have learned anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for whatever comes our way, particularly if experts are predicting a surge. Life may be returning to ‘normal,’ but support for our health care heroes and these two fantastic hospitals, is still greatly needed. We are still gratefully accepting gifts and are thankful to everyone who tuned in to view the event.” 

The 30th annual virtual golf classic was chaired by Robert Mullen, vice chair Robert Smith and the event sponsors were L.F. Driscoll/Structure Tone Organization, Jersey Mike’s Subs and The Allied Group.

For additional information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, or to make a donation, please contact Paul Huegel, vice president of development, southern market, at 732-751-5117, or by email at [email protected]


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. 

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