Spirit Halloween Again Selects K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital as Recipient of Spirit of Children Annual Fundraiser

Neptune, NJ – October 8, 2020 – For the fifth consecutive year, Spirit Halloween has selected the Child Life program at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, located at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as a recipient of its annual Spirit of Children fundraising initiative. From now until Halloween, select Spirit Halloween stores will accept in-person donations and will distribute coupons entitling customers to 10 percent off their purchase, while simultaneously donating 10 percent of their purchase to benefit patients at The Children’s Hospital.

“Spirit Halloween has been an amazing partner to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital throughout the last few years,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer, Hackensack Meridian – Meridian Health Foundation. “Their support enables us to improve care, upgrade technology and enhance programs for our youngest patients and we are so grateful to again be selected as one of the recipients of this amazing program.”

The recent gift provided through the Spirit of Children program, representing collections during the 2019 Halloween season, totaled nearly $72,000 bringing the organization’s overall donations to nearly $280,000.

“As we all know, this year has been unlike anything we have ever seen,” says William Faverzani, vice president, Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health. “For children facing hospitalization – whether short or long-term – it’s even harder. What Spirit Halloween does for these children is truly remarkable, and I am personally so thankful to them for choosing us as a partner and continuing the tradition, despite an atypical Halloween season as a result of the pandemic.”

In addition to providing funds that support the Child Life program and enable the hospital to purchase sensory and distraction items for children, Spirit Halloween sends boxes of supplies containing costumes and party goods for hospitalized children.

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“Thanks to Spirit Halloween, we will be able to help hospitalized children experience a little bit of normalcy during this festive holiday,” says Harpreet Pall, M.D., professor and chairman, department of pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. “It helps to lift their spirits – and their parent’s – very much and is so appreciated.”

As part of the Spirit of Children program, the following stores will conduct in-store fundraising campaigns to benefit K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and will be accepting the Spirit Halloween 10-for-10 coupon:

• 660 NJ 70, Brick
• 600 Trotter Way, Freehold
• 4831 US Route 9, Howell
• 2130 Highway 35 South, Holmdel
• 15 US Highway 9, Manalapan
• 2311 State Route 66, Tinton Falls
• 1 Route 37 W, Toms River
• 860 Fischer Blvd, Toms River
• 1825 State Route 35, Wall Township
• 310 State Route 36, West Long Branch

To download the Spirit Halloween 10-for-10 coupon, please visit https://www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/HMCHF-Halloween-8.5×11-Coupon-202.pdf or visit the Hackensack Meridian Health Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HackensackMeridianHealth.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH JERSEY SHORE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Located in Neptune, New Jersey, Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and the only Level II Trauma and Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties. It is home to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital – the first children’s hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. With more than 1,200 physicians and dental staff in 60 specialty areas, Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s team provides quality care in a patient-centered, environmentally-friendly setting.

The team’s commitment to excellence has earned Jersey Shore University Medical Center numerous accolades, including being named the #4 hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-2019. The medical center’s clinical research program and longstanding commitment to medical education is evident through an affiliation with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and a new affiliation with St. George’s University School of Medicine. Jersey Shore University Medical Center serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s programs and services have received numerous national recognition, including designation as high-performing in cardiac, stroke, surgical and oncology services.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s HOPE Tower – a $265 million 10-story medical office building provides a new healing outpatient experience. Guided by a patient-centered approach towards care, and informed by the latest medical breakthroughs, HOPE Tower includes advanced imaging services, a clinical academic center, innovative stimulation laboratory, state-of-the-art amphitheater, specialty physician offices, a nine-level parking garage, and a 58,000 square foot cancer facility. The cancer facility features a range of comprehensive treatment options, including surgical specialties, medical oncology, and the most advanced radiation therapy and minimally invasive interventional therapies. Nurse navigators guide patients through every step and provide an extra layer of support and coordination.

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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