Barnabas Health to Sponsor Special Olympics New Jersey Healthy Communities Program
Lawrenceville, NJ, March 13, 2015 – Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest health care delivery system, recently signed on as a Premier Partner of Special Olympics New Jersey and a Healthy Communities Program Partner. Barnabas Health's partnership will be instrumental in advancing the established Healthy Communities Program for registered Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.
"Special Olympics New Jersey is proud and excited about this new partnership," said Mike Quinn, President and CEO of Special Olympics New Jersey. "Barnabas Health has proved that it is truly committed to the wellbeing of our athletes, both on and off the field of play."
"Barnabas Health is incredibly honored to be a Premier Partner and a Healthy Communities Partner for Special Olympics New Jersey," said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. "We are dedicated to improving health and wellness in our communities and this new partnership strengthens our mission."
The Healthy Communities program provides an opportunity to reduce disparities in health care and create communities where Special Olympics athletes have the same access to health and wellness resources and can attain the same level of good health as all community members.
Barnabas Health will support the Healthy Communities program by providing wellness and nutrition programs to promote health awareness among athletes, families and coaches. Such programs will offer free medical screenings, nutritional instruction and health education to new and veteran athletes as well as appropriate follow-up care.
"Barnabas Health is committed to caring for individuals with intellectual disabilities," added Mr. Ostrowsky. "Our partnership with Special Olympics New Jersey, as well as several other specialty programs in our facilities, will go a long way towards building healthier communities."
While Barnabas Health's partnership is a new development, it is not new to Special Olympics. The leading New Jersey health care provider served as the only health care Founding Partner of the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. As part of its commitment to the 2014 USA Games, Barnabas Health was designated the Presenting Sponsor of Family Programs and a Contributing Sponsor to the Healthy Young Athletes Program. Additionally, Barnabas Health provided more than 1,200 volunteers at and leading up to the 2014 USA Games. Prior to the Games, Barnabas Health hosted special events at all of its facilities for athletes competing at the 2014 USA Games and their families.
As an established Partner of the 2014 USA Games, Barnabas Health wanted to strongly support the New Jersey athletes. As such, a team of registered dietitians served as nutritional counselors for the 350 athletes, coaches and staff that represented Team New Jersey at the 2014 USA Games. The dietitians provided educational sessions and hosted a highly-successful 10-week weight management program for the athletes.
Since the 2014 USA Games, Barnabas Health has hosted nutrition counseling at the Special Olympics New Jersey's summer day-camp known as Camp Shriver, as well as one-on-one counseling to all members of the Special Olympics New Jersey community that registered to compete in a New Year's weight loss challenge.
Both Barnabas Health and Special Olympics New Jersey look forward to strengthening their relationship over the next five years as Barnabas Health continues to offer opportunities for Special Olympics athletes to receive medical screenings, nutritional counseling and concussion baseline assessments. The latter is a new program available to all Special Olympics New Jersey athletes that will help to determine if an athlete has suffered a concussion in the future, based on their baseline assessment. In addition to these opportunities, Barnabas Health will offer important CPR and First Aid certification to coaches, volunteers and staff.
ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS NEW JERSEY:
Special Olympics New Jersey provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 24 Olympic-type sports for more than 24,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, completely free of charge, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Visit www.sonj.org for more information.
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 region, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals, two children's hospitals, a trauma center, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and several accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 20,000 employees and over 5,000 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.
Contact: Heather Andersen