Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 9, 2015
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health  
(732) 751-3451

Sky Blue FC Announces Meridian Health as Title Sponsor

Announcement Comes at Press Conference that Includes 2015 Jersey Unveil  

Neptune, NJ - Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) officially announced Meridian Health as its title sponsor today, with the partnership entering a second year in 2015. The announcement, which came at a press conference at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, also included the official unveil of the 2015 Sky Blue FC kits.

“Meridian Health has been an exceptional partner for us over the past year, and we are very pleased to continue our relationship into a second season,” stated Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC president & general manager. “As a professional women’s soccer franchise, it is imperative that we have top-notch medical treatment and rehabilitation for our world class athletes. Meridian Health has done an outstanding job with our players and as a partner to our organization, and they will continue to play a major role in our successes both on and off the field.”

With more than 13,000 team members, Meridian Health is a leading not-for profit health care organization in New Jersey, compromising 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, all located at more than 100 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.

 "We are excited to bring great care to the players of Sky Blue FC for the second consecutive year," said John K. Lloyd, president of Meridian Health.  "Last year, this partnership helped us educate families and fans about health and wellness, and we look forward to having the opportunity to do that again this year.”

Meridian Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of the residents of New Jersey by providing quality, patient-centered health care services delivered in hospital, community and in-home settings and to advancing medicine through clinical education and research.

“It is critical for our team to have the top-notch level of medical care that Meridian Health provides,” said Jim Gabarra, Sky Blue FC technical director & head coach. “Meridian Health does a great job of making sure our players remain healthy and stay on the field. Our partnership with them is of extreme importance because they help our players in achieving maximum results.”

As a health care organization, Meridian Health is committed to keeping people healthy, both physically and emotionally.  “These Sky Blue FC players are not only in great physical shape to play soccer, but they also play a sport that promotes confidence and a positive self-image, which is great for all the young girls out there that look up to these players,” added Lloyd.

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About Sky Blue FC
Operated by Sky Blue Soccer, Sky Blue FC is the New Jersey franchise in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Now entering its sixth season as a professional franchise, Sky Blue FC captured the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) Championship in 2009 with an inspirational run through the league playoffs. The team, led by head coach Jim Gabarra, boasts players from the U.S. Women's National Team, in addition to some of the top international players from around the world. For additional information, visit the team online at and on social media: @SkyBlueFC

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, 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