Women’s Heart Fund

Women’s Heart Fund…The Heart of Meridian

The mission of the Women’s Heart Fund is to educate the residents of Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties about the importance of women’s health and to raise funds to support women’s health programs, services and technologies across Hackensack Meridian Health’s southern regional hospitals and community health programs. For more information, to become a member, or to support the annual fund, please contact Stephanie Giordano at 732-751-5165.



2018 Women’s Heart Fund Annual Cocktail Reception

The Women’s Heart Fund annual cocktail reception will take place on Friday, June 1, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at our new location in Ocean County, Bay Head Yacht Club, in Bay Head, New Jersey, one of the oldest yacht clubs in the United States with breathtaking and unparalleled views of the Barnegat Bay.

This year’s annual cocktail reception will feature an array of fine foods, spirits and live music with cocktail attire, a 50/50 raffle, auction and new this year, a virtual advertising journal. As the exclusive event for the Women’s Heart Fund in 2018, we hope you will join us as we celebrate our community and help further our mission.

2017 Women’s Heart Fund Annual Cocktail Reception

On June 2, the Women’s Heart Fund welcomed more than 230 guests to the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, NJ where together with special guests, Chazz and Gianna Palminteri, they raised more than $75,000 net in support of Women’s Services at Hackensack Meridian Health. The fundraising results are a record high for the Women’s Heart Fund Board.

All proceeds from the reception are funding the construction of the Women’s Wellness Center that will be housed in the new HOPE Tower at Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The Women’s Wellness Center will provide services for those receiving treatment for cancer to improve their well-being. Patients throughout Hackensack Meridian Health will benefit from the Center, which is set to open in 2018.



 Members of the Women’s Heart Fund Board at the 2017 Reception


Since its inception, the Women’s Heart Fund has raised more than $700,000 for Hackensack Meridian Health programs and services. The funds have been used for a variety of needs including; vascular screening equipment for AngioScreen®, scholarships for nurses, a peaceful waiting area in the CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Community LifeSavers programming to train young people in CPR, a Community Health van used daily to transport health screening equipment to high-risk groups, sending key health care providers to an educational integrative medicine conference titled “Health Kitchens, Healthy Lives”, and the construction of a Women’s Wellness Center in the Cancer Care Center at HOPE Tower.

The Women’s Heart Fund is proud to have provided the following support:

2016 - Educational Integrative Medicine conference titled “Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives” for key health care providers throughout our health network.

2015 - Funding the Community of Life Savers program which trains high school students in CPR and the use of an AED

2014 - 2015 - Funding the waiting area in the new CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

2013 - Portable Vascular Screening Module and subsidizing the cost of the Angio screening for people in underserved communities

2012 - Portable Vascular Screening Module

2011 - Pediatric Cardiology Program

2010 - Meridian Nursing Scholarships for Cardiac Care

2009 - Meridian Nursing Scholarships for Cardiac Care and contribution to Ocean Medical Center for STEMI equipment

2008 - Equipped MONOC Ambulances with STEMI EKG equipment

2007 - Pathways to a Healthy Heart handbook

You can mail a contribution to:
Meridian Health Foundation
1340 Campus Parkway
Building C, Unit 4
Neptune, NJ 07753

Women's Heart Fund Board Members

Heidi Maggs*, Chair

Alyssa McKenna, Vice Chair

Lauren Harms-Kreig, Treasurer

Patty Micale, Secretary

Francine Acquaviva

Barbara Brager

Mary Burke

Doreen DeMarco

Mollie Giamanco*

Karen Goldblatt*

Marta Gutierrez

Marybeth Hershkowitz

Karen Hinds

Vita Kolber*+ (Emeritus)

Lisa Loshiavo

Nila Luccarelli

Marilyn Perricone

Gina Petillo

Denise Puma*

Dawn Reinhardt

Paulette Roberts* (Emeritus)

Anita Roselle*

Nancy Seidenstein (Emeritus)*

Kerrie (Wagner) Debbs (Emeritus)*+

*Founding Member        
+Member Emeritus