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Barnabas Health Announces Support To Build Ocean County’s First Fitness-Themed Play Pocket Trail At Jakes Branch County Park


Barnabas Health has partnered with Ocean County, the National Recreation and Park Association and CBS EcoMedia to construct a new fitness-themed play pocket trail at Jakes Branch County Park in Ocean County. When complete, the Jakes Branch County Park Play Trail will provide local children and their families a trail experience that integrates play, physical activity, education and socialization. Jakes Branch County Park is a regional park located off of Double Trouble Road in Beachwood, New Jersey.

Employees from Barnabas Health's Community Medical Center volunteered to trim trails and brush in preparation for equipment and surfacing installation. The volunteer "Trail Day" also featured local staff and executive leadership from Barnabas Health's Community Medical Center, Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett, Jr. and CBS EcoMedia.

"Community Medical Center is proud to partner with the Ocean County Freeholders as we create a new play trail for children at Jakes Branch County Park," said Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and CEO, Community Medical Center. "Community Medical Center and Barnabas Health believe in helping people make healthy lifestyle choices. This trail will keep children and families moving as they play rather than participating in sedentary activities. If we can instill physical activity as a fun way to exercise, we will help children be healthier and establish good habits for their future."

With funding generated through CBS EcoMedia's WellnessAd Program, the Jakes Branch County Park Play Trail will be the first of its kind in Ocean County. The trail is designed with play components such as the "Tilted Spinning Leaf Seat," the "Caterpillar Crawl-Through" and the "Three-Cell Honeycomb," all of which help to provide users with a sense of discovery, an appreciation of the environment and a sense of community.

In addition to the funding and volunteer support, Barnabas Health expects to offer a variety of health and wellness classes utilizing the Play Trail for the community once it is completed. The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation is also committed to providing additional play equipment to supplement the Barnabas Health contribution, as well as stone dust, playground mulch, and in-house support for trail clearing at the project area.

"Ocean County is pleased to partner with Barnabas Health, the National Recreation and Park Association and CBS EcoMedia Inc. in developing a new recreational trail at Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood," said Ocean County Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr., who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. "This environmentally based play trail will be educational and recreational for children of all ages. Ocean County is pleased to host this trail at Jakes Branch – the first of its kind in the County."

"We are proud to launch our second project with Barnabas Health," said Paul Polizzotto, President and Founder of EcoMedia. "This project showcases Barnabas' longstanding commitment to communities throughout New Jersey, and we are grateful for their continued support."

"Jakes Branch Group"

(Left to right) Teresa Schieber, Senior Vice President of Operations and Strategic Partner Development for EcoMedia; Michellene Davis, Esq., Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs for Barnabas Health; John C. Bartlett, Jr., Ocean County Freeholder; Stephanie Bloom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Medical Center; Mary Jane Bavais Mehorter, Superintendent of Recreation; and Michael Mangum, Director of Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department attended "Trail Day" at Jake's Branch County Park in Beachwood to kick-off the construction of the Barnabas Health-funded Fitness Play Pocket Trail for families and kids to be opened at the park early this Fall. Over 40 employees from Barnabas Health's Community Medical Center volunteered to help begin construction of the community project.

"Jakes Branch Volunteers"

Over 40 employee volunteers from Barnabas Health's Community Medical Center participated in "Trail Day" where they worked for several hours doing trail trimming, weeding and mulching at Jake's Branch County Park in Beachwood for the Barnabas Health-funded Fitness Play Pocket Trail for families and kids.

About the National Recreation & Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 46,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA's flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

About the Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation
The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, funded by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, consists of 27 parks, three nature centers, four conservation areas, over 65 miles of hiking trails and two golf courses. In total, the Ocean County park system covers over 4000 acres. Visitors can experience many ecologically diverse systems from the Pine Barrens to the Barnegat Bay. There are sites for active recreation such as softball and soccer along with pristine natural areas that offer a communion with nature.

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

About Community Medical Center
Community Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, offers a comprehensive array of services including sophisticated neurology and neurosurgery services with a neuro-interventional lab with a bi-plane, and a Level 3 Epilepsy program for children and adults. Our cardiac care features three cardiac catheterization labs and elective and emergency angioplasty programs for patients with heart disease. Patients have access to advanced cancer care including one of the most sophisticated linear accelerators used for radiation therapy and a CyberKnife for treating inoperable tumors. Surgical services include the only daVinci Si robotic surgical platform in Ocean County, and the hospital's commitment to technology is evidenced by access to advanced imaging equipment including a 3-Tesla MRI. As a trusted provider of maternal and children's services, a Level 2 special care nursery with onsite neonatologists for newborns requiring special care, a dedicated pediatric unit and a pediatrician in the Emergency Department are provided.

Community Medical Center's cancer program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons since 1986 and is the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only two cancer programs in New Jersey to earn this designation, and is a member of the Penn Cancer Network. The Joint Commission has awarded the hospital their Gold Seal of Approval for the care of Stroke, Acute Coronary Syndrome, Heart Failure and Total Joint Replacement – Hip and Knee and our Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

About CBS EcoMedia Inc.
At EcoMedia, we're propelled by the desire to create positive social change; that's been our mission since we founded the company in 2002. In 2010, after successfully partnering with CBS on a wide range of environmental projects, EcoMedia became the newest addition to the CBS Corporation portfolio, exponentially scaling our reach across television, radio, interactive, publishing and outdoor media.

Through our patent-pending EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd programs, an innovative twist on traditional advertising, advertisers are able to support much-needed local projects which in turn creates jobs, saves taxpayer money and improves the quality of life in communities nationwide. In the process, we're fundamentally altering the advertising landscape, elevating the ordinary, traditional commercial – and media, in general – into a catalyst for tangible, quantifiable social change. Please visit, like us at or follow us at

By participating in EcoMedia's EcoAd, WellnessAd and EducationAd advertising programs, EcoMedia's advertisers agree to provide funding for projects we believe will have a beneficial effect upon the environment, health and/or education within local communities. EcoMedia's advertising programs are not certification programs nor are the EcoAd, WellnessAd or EducationAd logos seals of approval. EcoMedia does not in any way certify, endorse or make any representations about EcoMedia program advertisers, their products or services.

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