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Monmouth Medical Center Hosts HeartCaring® ‘Day of Dance’ at Monmouth Mall in Conjunction with American Heart Month


Hundreds of women recently came together at Eatontown's Monmouth Mall to take part in Monmouth Medical Center's second annual Day of Dance event to raise awareness of American Heart Month.

Sponsored by Monmouth Medical Center's Spirit of Women program in conjunction with the American Heart Association, the event featured Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations as well as a special appearance by dancers from Dance Plus of Little Silver, 107.1 The Breeze and Thunder 106.3 radio personalities, health information, giveaways, prizes and raffles. Monmouth Medical Center representatives completed nearly 200 health screenings for cardiac risk assessment, blood pressure, balance and cholesterol on community members who attended the event.

Special guests Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, who represents the 11th district and serves on the Assembly's Health and Senior Services Committee, and Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly provided remarks.

"Monmouth Medical Center joined forces with Spirit of Women™, an elite coalition of American hospitals and health care providers that ascribes to high standards of excellence in women's health, education and community outreach to expand its already wide array of health education activities that will reach women in all stages of their lives," says Sharon Holden, RN, BSN, MPA, RDCS, assistant vice president, cardiopulmonary, critical care and emergency services at Monmouth Medical Center. "The program's goal is to bring community awareness about the unique health issues that impact women and improve the health of women and their families through innovative, educational community outreach events such as this - Day of Dance."

A month-long national observance, American Heart Month urges citizens to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and support all essential programs required to solve the problem. Barnabas Health's southern region hospitals, which in addition to Monmouth include Ocean County's Community Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus are the region's exclusive HeartCaring hospitals. HeartCaring is an innovative, comprehensive program that focuses on gender-disparities in cardiovascular care and on women as the primary healthcare consumer and decision maker.

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable. Monmouth Medical Center and its fellow Barnabas Health Heart Centers are hosting a range of screening events, educational programs, nutritional and heart disease risk assessments, and family-focused programs at Barnabas Health hospitals and community-based centers. From infant CPR courses to cardiac physicians explaining the latest guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke, to dance parties that encourage people of all ages to get moving, all the activities are designed to improve the heart health of New Jersey residents.

PHOTO: Monmouth Medical Center nurse RuthAnn Ruhnke, R.N., performs a blood pressure screening for Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini as Eatontown Mayor Dennis Connelly looks on.

View a photo gallery of this event.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

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