Newswise — Manahawkin, NJ – July 28, 2020 The annual Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Virtual Signature Social, held on July 24, raised nearly $90,000 for the greatest needs at Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center. In lieu of the planned in-person celebration because of COVID-19, the foundation moved the event to a virtual format that was live streamed to raise funds for the medical center, helping it to enhance care for the community throughout the pandemic and beyond. 

The event included updates from Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, inspirational videos and tributes to the health care heroes working to fight COVID-19 on the frontlines. 

Community members who missed the live event can still view it at There is no cost to view the program, however donations in support of the medical center and Signature Social can still be made at

“There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to the community surrounding Southern Ocean Medical Center for their tremendous outpouring of love and support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Meridian Health Foundation, to which Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation belongs. “We hope that the worst is behind us but are focusing our attention on preparations to ensure that we are best equipped to care for the community should we experience a surge. We received many gifts to help the hospital through the peak, but much more support is still needed to help it recover, to secure essential technology and to create the programs required for the future. A gift in support of the Southern Ocean Medical Center Virtual Signature Social is just one way that the medical center can be prepared to care for you, your family and your community when care is needed.” 

The annual signature social was chaired by Joe and Lori Rulli and the event sponsors were Advanced Radiology Solutions, Thomas and Deborah Dolan and the Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center medical team. 


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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