Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 8, 2014
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  

Meridian Hospitals Receive American Heart Association Awards for Cardiac Services

Bayshore Community Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center recognized for exceptional cardiovascular programs  

Neptune, NJ - Bayshore Community Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, and Riverview Medical Center – all part of Meridian CardioVascular Network – have received awards from the American Heart Association, a testament to the health care system’s commitment to providing the best care available for heart failure patients.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been recognized as a Gold Plus level recipient, while Ocean Medical Center earned a Silver award, and Bayshore received the Bronze award from the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure program for implementing the latest research-based treatment guidelines for heart failure patients through quality improvement.

“Meridian Health is dedicated to providing the best possible care for heart failure and STEMI patients,” says Vincent Vivona, D.O., FACP, Chair, Heart Failure Process Improvement for Meridian Cardiovascular Network. “The AHA’s recognitions affirm that Monmouth and Ocean county residents have close-to-home access to advanced cardiac care and medical teams committed to improving long-term outcomes,” adds Dr. Vivona.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

Riverview Medical Center has received the AHA’s Mission: Lifeline® Silver Award, and Jersey Shore the Bronze Award, for their commitment to improving the survival and care of people who suffer a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® quality improvement program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients.

The Meridian Cardiovascular Network is committed to providing quality heart care, close to home, by offering everything to diagnose, treat, and mend virtually all heart and vascular conditions. The Network provides patients with the unique integration of services to have the best outcomes and a better patient experience.

About Meridian Health
Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In September 2014, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a Letter of Intent to merge.  In October 2014, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a Memorandum of Understanding to merge.  Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for five consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit or find award-winning hospitals on our Quality Map.

About Mission Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program mobilizes teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit or find an award-winning hospital on our Quality Map.