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West Orange, New Jersey, January 15, 2014 –Barnabas Health facilities across the state simultaneously raised the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games flag yesterday celebrating the upcoming 2014 USA Games, which will take place in New Jersey June 14th-21st. Barnabas Health employees, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games staff, Special Olympics athletes and volunteers participated in the events.
"Barnabas Health is incredibly proud to be the only healthcare Founding Partner for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. "We are dedicated to promoting health and wellness in our communities and this partnership strengthens our mission. Every day, from now until the Games in June, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games flag will wave from flagpoles at Barnabas Health facilities throughout the state. All who pass will know that Barnabas Health welcomes to New Jersey the athletes and their families from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and that we are working to make this 2014 event the most successful Special Olympics USA Games ever."
|(l-r) TJ Nelligan, Chairman and CEO, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Special Olympics athletes Bobby Fredericks (Track) and Sean Nelligan (Bocce) and Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health participated in a Flag Raising at the Corporate Office of Barnabas Health in West Orange. Barnabas Health facilities across the state simultaneously raised the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games flag celebrating the upcoming Games June 14th – 21st Barnabas Health is a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Presenting Sponsor of the Games’ Family Programs.
|(l-r) Barry Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health is joined by Special Olympics athletes Bobby Fredericks (Track) and Sean Nelligan (Bocce), TJ Nelligan, Chairman and CEO, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, Special Olympics volunteer Lauren Burke and Sid Seligman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Barnabas Health for a Flag Raising at the Corporate Office of Barnabas Health in West Orange. Barnabas Health facilities across the state simultaneously raised the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games flag celebrating the upcoming Games June 14th – 21st Barnabas Health is a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and Presenting Sponsor of the Games’ Family Programs.
"Yesterday was truly an amazing day as Barnabas Health celebrated its Founding Partnership of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games with a ceremonial flag raising over 11 of its facilities," said TJ Nelligan, Chairman & CEO of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. "In less than five months, 3,500 athletes will compete in Mercer County in front of an anticipated crowd of more than 70,000 spectators. An event of this magnitude and significance would not be possible without the support of organizations like Barnabas Health which is not only providing financial support but has made a commitment to engage its employees to volunteer for the Games and use its network of resources to help redefine how individuals with intellectual disabilities are perceived."
Barnabas Health is a Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Games' Family Programs, welcoming the thousands of family members from throughout the United States.
In celebration, the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games flag was raised at facilities throughout Barnabas Health, where they will wave for the next six months. In addition, on the 14th of every month until the 2014 USA Games, Barnabas Health facilities will celebrate the upcoming 2014 Special Olympics USA Games with special guests, activities and opportunities for employees to register as volunteers.
Barnabas Health is also a Contributing Sponsor for Special Olympics' first-ever Healthy Young Athletes program. This program is designed to assist families of future Special Olympics athletes, ages 2 to 7, and help them meet the challenges they face in identifying their child's medical needs through free educational programs, medical screenings and family consultations.
Special Olympics makes a remarkable difference in the lives of its participants and its families. Through the power of sport, Special Olympics transforms athletes' lives, provides vital services and fosters a more inclusive and accepting world for all. Special Olympics also provides families with a support network and the chance to cheer with pride.
Barnabas Health facilities holding flag raising events included: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark; Community Medical Center, Toms River; Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, Livingston; Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Lakewood, Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center, Toms River, Barnabas Health System Business Office, Oceanport, Barnabas Health Corporate offices, West Orange and Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, which is expected join the Barnabas Health system in 2014.
The mission of Barnabas Health includes promotion of healthier lifestyles within our communities. Our partnership with 2014 Special Olympics USA Games enables our system to touch tens of thousands of lives. Moreover, many of the volunteers and spectators will be employees and physicians of Barnabas Health.
About the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
The Special Olympics USA Games will be hosted by New Jersey June 14-21, 2014. Nearly 3,500 athletes will compete in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports, with the support of 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and 70,000 family, friends and spectators. The Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. Founding partners for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games include 21st Century Fox, Barnabas Health, HESS, KPMG, PSE&G, ShopRite, Toys"R"Us and WWE. Learn more about the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games at www.2014specialolympics.org and follow the Games on Facebook at
www.Facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsUSAGames and Twitter @2014USAGames.
About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, a medical group and three accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. Barnabas Health is a proud founding partner of the 2014 Special Olympics, which will take place in New Jersey June 14 to 21. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.
Contact: Justin Edelman