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West Orange, New Jersey, May 16, 2014 –Eleven Barnabas Health facilities across the state hosted ribbon cutting and One Month Out celebrations for the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will take place in New Jersey June 14th-21st. Barnabas Health employees, 2014 Special Olympics USA Games staff, Special Olympics athletes, elected officials and volunteers participated in the events. Participating Barnabas Health facilities include: the Barnabas Health Corporate Office in West Orange, Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus in Lakewood, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center in Livingston, Barnabas Health System Business Office in Oceanport, and Barnabas Health Behavioral Health Center in Toms River.
Barnabas Health is proud and privileged to be the only healthcare Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games and will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the Games’ Family Programs, welcoming thousands of family members from throughout the United States.
Eleven Barnabas Health facilities across the state hosted ribbon cutting and One Month Out celebrations for
the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games, which will take place in New Jersey June 14th-21st. Cutting the ribbon is Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. Also pictured holding the ribbon from the left are: Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Special Olympics Team NJ athletes Teresa Kelly and Keith Fisher; 4-Time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs; Tom Varga, Senior Vice President of the 2014 Special Olympics; and Pat Pellicore, Director of Corporate Wellness for Barnabas Health. Barnabas Health is proud and privileged to be the only healthcare 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.
During the celebration at the Barnabas Health corporate offices,Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive of Barnabas Health, said, “Here at Barnabas Health, we couldn’t be more excited about the 2014 Special Olympics US Games. Our mission and obligation are to improve the lives of all of our friends throughout New Jersey, and through our partnership with the Special Olympics, we are doing this for some very special people.”
Ostrowsky was joined at the ceremony by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, 4-Time Olympian and NJ Hall of Fame Inductee, Joetta Clark Diggs, Tom Varga, Senior Vice President of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games; and Team NJ Athletes: Teresa Kelly and Keith Fisher.
“These will be the largest and most innovative games to be held in North America,” said Varga. “One month from today, we will be hosting 3,500 athletes from every state in the US, 1,000 coaches, 20,000 family members, nearly 70,000 spectators and over 10,000 volunteers.”
In addition to being a Founding Partner in the games, 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 helpthemmeet 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.
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 and Barnabas Health will have more than 1,200 employee volunteers at the Games.
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. Follow the Games on Facebook at 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.
Contact: Carrie Cristello