Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 14, 2016
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh  

Hackensack Meridian Health Launches Center for Integrative Health & Medicine

New center provides unique health and wellness therapies to the community  

Neptune, NJ -
Hackensack Meridian Health formally launched its Integrative Health & Medicine program in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties with the opening of the Center for Integrative Health & Medicine at Meridian Health Village at Jackson. This new center and program empowers patients to reach the highest expression of themselves, engaging their mind, body, and spirit to achieve optimal health and improved quality of life.

The Hackensack Meridian Center for Integrative Health & Medicine couples traditional clinical medicine with healing therapies, treating the whole patient and not just their illness or disease. It is the only integrative health program to be built upon five Pillars of Wellness – Sleep, Activity, Purpose, Nutrition, and Resilience.

At the Center for Integrative Health & Medicine, patients can address their health concerns and goals, and receive a customized health and wellness plan developed by the center’s integrative specialists. The center’s integrated health physician, health coaches, nutritionist, health psychologist, acupuncturist, and other professionals work with the patient and their specialty physicians to help each patient achieve their health and wellness goals.

“The opening of the Hackensack Meridian Center for Integrative Health & Medicine demonstrates our dedication to a comprehensive, patient-centered approach to health care,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Providing the community with these unique, innovative services will empower them to take control of their health.”

Hackensack Meridian is incorporating its Integrative Health & Medicine services into each of its eight hospitals’ clinical programs in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties, and plans on expanding this program to additional areas.

“Integrative health is transforming health care, and we’re eager to offer this new service to our community,” says Lori Knutson, R.N., BSN, HNB-BC, administrative director of Integrative Health & Medicine, Meridian. “This revolutionary approach will help our patients better manage their health leading to a better quality of life and lower health care costs.”

The creation of the Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine program in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties was made possible thanks to philanthropic members of the community. Their thoughtful contributions will greatly impact the way health care is delivered in New Jersey.   

The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 27 South Cooks Bridge Road in Jackson in Suite 2-3. For more information on the center’s offerings or to schedule a consultation, please call 732-994-7855 or visit

About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

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