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 www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.