Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 11, 2015
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health  
(732) 751-3451

Meridian Health Opens New Community Resource Center at Freehold Raceway Mall

Partnership with The Arc of Monmouth and United Way of Monmouth County offers unique way for community to get tuned in to their health  

Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health in partnership with The Arc of Monmouth and the United Way of Monmouth County have opened the Meridian Community Resource Center at Freehold Raceway Mall.  This unique and convenient Resource Center will offer a wide array of services and resources to enhance the health and well-being of our community.

“This partnership is the first of its kind,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “By working with The Arc of Monmouth and United Way of Monmouth County in this exciting new venture, we are creating a single location where residents can find resources to support their physical, emotional, and financial wellness. Through our shared vision we have created a robust resource that will fit into the busy lives of local residents.”

There are many facets to wellness.  Stress brought on by emotional, financial, and other personal situations can all have an impact on someone’s physical health and well-being. Each partner organization brings the needed expertise to address financial, emotional and physical wellness in a convenient one-stop-shop setting at Meridian Community Resource Center.

The new Center is staffed by experts from all three organizations, five days a week, from Monday through Friday as well as selected evenings and weekends. Meridian has placed a full-time nurse educator at the site that will provide preventive health screenings. The center will also offer support groups, babysitting training, smoking cessation classes, CPR instruction, physician-led health education seminars information to understand Medicare and the health insurance marketplace, job fairs, employment services for persons with disabilities, a respite program for caregivers, financial stability education and assistance, access to volunteer opportunities within the community, and more.

In addition, we received support in the form of a generous gift from the late Dr. William Matthews’s estate to help offset operational costs to run the center. Dr. Matthews was the director of the ear nose and throat department at Riverview Medical Center for more than three decades and through his legacy, continues to better the health of the community.

According to Timothy Hearne, president and CEO, United Way of Monmouth County, “The Meridian Community Resource Center is a unique collaboration within the Freehold Raceway Mall that allows three like-minded organizations to work together in improving the mind, body and spirit of local community members.”

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About the Meridian Community Resource Center

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, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge.  In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a memorandum of understanding to merge.  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” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit

The Arc of Monmouth’s mission is focused on persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  Annually, The Arc of Monmouth serves over 1,300 individuals in 20 locations throughout Monmouth County.  The Arc provides employment, vocational and educational services, adult training, community residential services, individual and family supports, mental health and behavioral supports, a college program, and an abundance of enriching recreational activities.  Thanks to the assistance they receive at The Arc of Monmouth, many individuals with disabilities are now working in the community, paying taxes and feeling a sense of accomplishment and pride.   

For the past 45 years, the United Way of Monmouth County has worked to improve the lives of people in Monmouth County by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Their work is centered on education, income and health: three areas that are the building blocks for a good life and the foundation for a thriving, prosperous community.