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Susan G. Komen Grants Secured to Increase Education and Awareness

Susan G. Komen, Central and South Jersey Affiliate, has awarded two grants to Hackensack Meridian Health to provide breast health education for residents in the Monmouth and Ocean County area.

At Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a $69,169 grant will support the Every Woman Counts program, which serves low -income, uninsured, and underinsured women in Monmouth County. The program will provide breast health education, free mammography screenings, and diagnostic imaging tests as needed. The program will coordinate outreach efforts with Monmouth County health care providers, local non-profit organizations, and houses of worship.

In Ocean County, a $32,539 grant will support the Women to Women program, which provides breast health education to women who are over the age of 65, at-risk, or uninsured/underinsured to encourage annual mammograms. Nurse navigators and nurse educators will provide education in senior communities and assist participants in scheduling mammograms. Additionally, education will be provided to primary care physician offices regarding the importance of annual screenings for seniors and at-risk women.

Gift to Support Pediatric Suite

Thank you to the Oros family of Beach Haven and Ridgewood for their generous support of Charting a New Course, the campaign for the Emergency Department Expansion at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Having an infant foster child who had to stay in a hospital overnight, John Oros and his wife Anne understand the need for emergency services for children. For this reason, their gift funded the creation of a pediatric suite that would make it possible for parents to stay with their children during times of illness or injury. “Being able to have my wife stay with our foster son 24/7 for one week in the hospital meant so much. Having the facilities nearby to make this kind of comfort available for other families is very important to us and we are proud to be a part of this project,” said John.

Volunteer Supports Future of Southern Ocean Medical Center

A generous volunteer at the SOCH Auxiliary, Janis Manzi Franco of Barnegat has tirelessly donated her time with the Auxiliary and in the hospital gift shop over the years, helping to raise significant funds for Southern Ocean Medical Center. “I love serving my community and the feeling of satisfaction these activities have given me since my husband Harry passed away. I can truly say that Southern Ocean Medical Center heals more than the body. It was responsible for healing my spirit,” Janis said. In 2012, Janis also made the decision to support the future of her community hospital through a Charitable Gift Annuity. Not only does she increase her income each year, but Janis knows she will help her hospital with the remainder. “Southern Ocean Medical Center has been there for me during many phases of my life. The charitable gift annuity is a win/win program for me as I can get a tax benefit now and I am helping the hospital,” Janis said. We greatly appreciate Janis’s commitment to Southern Ocean Medical Center and the future of health care in her community.

“From the oncology department to the emergency department staff, transitional care unit and cardiac rehab, Southern Ocean Medical Center has provided us with the very best care so close to our home. You need to give back to support the institutions that make your community a great place to live. Southern Ocean Medical Center is one of those places for us and we proudly support the outstanding, compassionate care we receive there.”

~Alice and Robert Weyer, Manahawkin, NJ

“Everything about my experience at Southern Ocean Medical Center was positive. From my doctor in the emergency room, to each nurse I came in contact with during my stay, everyone took the time to make me feel at ease. I was never deprived of attention! Health care is a priority for our community and I am confident knowing Southern Ocean Medical Center is serving our needs.”

~Jana Knox, Waretown, N.J.