Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 17, 2011
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs  

Meridian Health to Host “Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal” featuring Author and Humorist Loretta LaRoche at Two River Theater


Red Bank, NJ - It happens to all of us this time of year, the stresses of work, school, sports practices, and the holidays begin to set in. On November 15, Meridian Health will host an event offering a dose of laughter and inspiration from renowned author and stress management expert, Loretta LaRoche. As a columnist, speaker, and Emmy Award nominee featured on CNN, FOX, and ABC, Loretta uses humor to reframe a stressful situation and captures a fresh perspective on the difficult parts of life in her program, Life is not a Stress Rehearsal.  

"In a non-stop world where we are going full steam ahead, it can seem difficult to keep our heads above water, never mind keep an upbeat attitude," says Lori Colineri, Vice President of Nursing at Riverview Medical Center. "We hope this program brings some perspective to the women of our communities on how to strive for a less stressful, and healthier, life balance."   

The event will be held in the newly renovated Two River Theater in Red Bank, with the chance to attend a pre-show cocktail reception in the main lobby of the theater, where attendees will have the chance to meet Loretta LaRoche. Proceeds from the events will benefit Meridian Cardiovascular Network and the Women's Center at Riverview Medical Center. Partnering with Meridian Health is The Asbury Park Press, InJersey Magazine, and Branches Catering as event sponsors.   

As a busy woman herself, Lori hopes this event is beneficial to other do-it-all ladies of Monmouth and Ocean County. "Too often do women dismiss their own health needs to care for the people around them," she says. "We hope that for one evening, they can take the weight of the world off their shoulders for a fun and motivating evening that benefits Women's Health services at Meridian. Laughter is in fact the best medicine!"   

For more information about the event, Loretta LaRoche, and the Two River Theater, visit or call 1-800-DOCTORS to register. Tickets are $50, or $75 including the pre-show reception. Danny's Grill and Wine Bar located in Red Bank will be offering a 10% discount on the food bill of anyone attending the Loretta LaRoche event that evening.     

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health ( is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and outpatient centers. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE "100 Best Companies to Work For", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing.   

Loretta LaRoche
This acclaimed speaker, author and international stress management and humor consultant has evoked wit and irreverent humor on her audience for over 30 years. Using humor to reframe a stressful situation, Loretta captures a new perspective on the difficult parts of life. Her teaching style, credibility and incontestable humor are integral parts to her compelling presence. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc, a company offering programs and products for life style management. Loretta's special brand of optimistic psychology has an undeniable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her.  

Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column titled, 'Get a Life' and is featured as a stress management expert on, a community wellness website.