Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 5, 2018
Contact : Anne Green, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Southern Ocean Medical Center to Host Colon Cancer Awareness Event


Manahawkin, NJ - In recognition of National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, join us for a colon cancer exhibit and lecture on Thursday, March 29 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center to learn the risk factors and treatment options for colon cancer. One out of every 25 people in the United States will develop colon-rectal cancer. With early detection, the survival rate can be as high as 75 percent.

Experience firsthand what colon cancer looks like by taking a walk through a 12 ft. colon and learn how to prevent, treat and beat colon cancer during a lecture with cancer experts. Colorectal take-home kits will be available. The event is free and will be held in the Beach Plum Conference Room at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Lunch will be provided. Register early as seating is limited.

Noon – 3:00 p.m. – Colon Cancer Exhibit

1:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion and Screening presented by:
Robert Khoo, M.D.
Tricia Morino, D.O.

Registration is required. Southern Ocean Medical Center is located at 1140 Route 72 West in Manahawkin. For more information and to register, call 1-800-560-9990 or visit

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 16 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; 11 community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 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, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include 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.

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