Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 30, 2016
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  

Meridian Health Hospitals Earn American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) Accreditations

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital are recognized for their strict standards of practice in providing the best cardiac rehabilitation care

Neptune, NJ - Recently, Meridian Health’s hospitals received American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) accreditation. This is the first time Bayshore Community Hospital received this accreditation, and it is a three-year re-accreditation for Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Southern Ocean Medical Center. The AACVPR Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program Certification process is the only peer-review accreditation process and is designed to review individual facilities for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR.

Each hospital participated in a one-month application process, which required extensive documentation of the program’s practices. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR National Certification Committee and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically supervised program that includes exercise training, education on heart healthy living, and counseling for people with heart problems. The AACVPR certification is valid for three years, at which point the hospital must reapply and continue to maintain its strict practices in the field.

“Meridian’s cardiac rehabilitation program helps individuals who have heart disease such as angina, have had a heart attack, angioplasty, stent or open heart surgery, and combines education and exercise that helps patients improve their quality of living,” says Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and executive sponsor, Meridian CardioVascular Network. “This accreditation is a testament to how Meridian’s cardiac rehabilitation services help patients with heart disease recover faster and return to full and productive lives after a cardiac event.”

Meridian CardioVascular Network is anchored by physicians at the region's leading academic medical center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and leading community hospitals for heart and vascular care, including Bayshore Community Hospital, Riverview Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, and Southern Ocean Medical Center. Meridian CardioVascular Network provides everything to diagnose, treat, and mend virtually all heart and vascular conditions. And, the network's specialists are continuously among the first to provide remarkable treatment and surgical options.

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, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home care and hospice services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers that allow the full continuum of health care services to be offered locally. In May 2015, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network signed a definitive agreement to merge. Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in NJ for clinical quality and nationally is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum. Meridian is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years. Earlier in 2015, Great Place to Work® and Fortune recognized Meridian Health as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Health Care in the nation and the number one Best Place to Work for Women. Meridian is recognized for patient care and nursing excellence, including being the first health system in the country to achieve Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center at all of its original hospitals. Additionally, Meridian’s mission of training the next generation of health care professionals is vital to providing a foundation for sound health in our community. In 2008, Meridian Health launched a four-year nursing program in partnership with Georgian Court University. Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine has also honored Meridian as one of the nation’s 100 Most Wired Health Systems for 16 consecutive years. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. For more information, visit