Hackensack Meridian Health Joins #FitForTheFrontLine Challenge for healthcare workers

Hackensack Meridian Health is joining medical centers across the United States to start a country-wide movement of physical activity to honor and support frontline health care workers who have worked tirelessly to save lives.

Spearheaded by Mount Sinai Health System, #FitForTheFrontLine is a national fitness challenge which began on May 26 and ends on June 14. The event encourages Americans, young and old, to move, exercise and get fit to increase awareness and raise funds to support the nation’s health care heroes.

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the front line of nurses, doctors, scientists and other support staff has met the challenge against the virus. Now, the #FitForTheFrontLine challenge empowers all Americans to take part during this still-challenging time. The call to action is simple: choose any activity, dedicate your activity to #FitForTheFrontLine at Hackensack Meridian Health; post the donation link (www.flow.page/hmhnewjersey) and ask for pledges of support.

“Unfortunately, COVID-19 will not be vanquished overnight,” Robert C. Garrett said in the statement. “Our frontline workers will continue to care for patients impacted by this virus, as well as those with long-term effects. These brave heroes may yet be called upon again to face future outbreaks, which is why they need our show of support now. We are thrilled to participate in this initiative with some of the nation’s most prestigious health care systems and hope that everyone will join us in rallying around our health care heroes.”

#FitForTheFrontline partner medical centers include Mount Sinai Health System, Baylor College of Medicine, BJC HealthCare, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cedars-Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Hackensack Meridian Health, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mayo Clinic, MedStar Health, Michigan Medicine, Montefiore Einstein, NewYork-Presbyterian, Northwell Health Foundation, Northwestern Medicine, NYU Langone Health, Penn Medicine, RWJBarnabas Health, Temple Health, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, University of Chicago Medicine, UW Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, Weill Cornell Medicine and Yale New Haven Health.

Goldman Sachs & Co., Peloton, Discovery, NBCUniversal, dtx and Pinterest recognized the brave work of all frontline workers and have signed on to be the founding corporate sponsors for the #FitForTheFrontline challenge. As part of their involvement, the sponsors will mobilize employees to join the movement, incentivize company-wide goals and/or matching donations, leverage senior leaders to serve as influencers and promote the campaign through social media posts on their corporate channels, according to the statement.

For more information, visit www.flowpage.com/FITFORTHEFRONTLINE.

To join the campaign as a corporate sponsor, contact Katherine Parker at katherine.parker@mountsinai.org or 917-596-9344.

To join as a medical center partner, contact Eileen Solomon at 646-605-8801 or eileen.solomon@mountsinai.org.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations.

Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

For more information, visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.