Press Release

For Immediate Release
Dec 23, 2013
Contact : Rob Cavanaugh, Manager of Public Affairs for Meridian Health  
(732) 751-3451

Meridian Health and Tilton Fitness Expand their Partnership to Five Fitness & Wellness Centers


Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health, the largest provider of hospital and health care services in Monmouth and Ocean counties, has announced an expansion of its partnership with Tilton Fitness Management, a regional leader in health club operations.  The partnership now includes a network of five fitness centers, one of which will be a brand new facility in Jackson and will be located in Meridian’s new 150,000 foot Health Village.

Meridian Health and Tilton Fitness first established a relationship in 2010 when the Ocean Club in Manahawkin became part of the Meridian Health family. Later in August of 2012, Tilton was selected to manage and operate Meridian Fitness and Wellness in Hazlet, NJ.  As part of the expanded relationship, the Tilton Fitness centers in Northfield and Galloway will also operate in partnership with Meridian Health.

Additionally Tilton Fitness and Meridian Health will open a 32,000 square foot, state-of-the-art fitness facility at Meridian Health Village in Jackson, NJ, this January, 2014.  

“Meridian Health is committed to keeping people active and healthy here in our communities,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “Our shared focus on helping people maintain their health through personalized and supervised exercise and wellness programs is what sets our collaboration with Tilton apart from other fitness centers and gyms. Our facilities and our professionals are all about enhancing the health journey and experience. ”

Sam Young, president and CEO of Tilton Fitness, says there is good reason behind the rising trend of hospital-affiliated fitness centers nationwide.  “There is a renewed emphasis behind improving the health status of communities,” says Young. “Exercise is becoming a common prescriptive element in everyone’s care plan. Fitness facilities, especially hospital-affiliated ones with increased emphasis on health improvement and maintenance, are fast becoming important components of the care continuum.”

Young says that individuals are attracted to these partnered facilities because they recognize the added benefits and expertise that the health system professionals bring to the centers. In addition, members have the ability to use all of the Meridian/Tilton facilities. This is particularly appealing to those who work in one area and live in another.

Information on membership can be found at or by calling (609) 348-6377.

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 and outpatient centers.

Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality. It has been named one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Recently, Meridian Health was the only health system in New Jersey to be ranked as one of the most Integrated Healthcare Systems in the nation according to SDI and Modern Healthcare Magazine. For more information, please visit or

About Tilton Fitness
Tilton Fitness is the southern New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive provider of fitness services with six clubs throughout Atlantic and Ocean County, including the new, state-of-the-art Meridian Fitness and Wellness club in Jackson.

The clubs currently serve more than 20,000 members and offer the most comprehensive programming of any facilities in southern New Jersey, including youth and senior programs, rehabilitation services and a variety of clinical and wellness programs, as well as traditional fitness programming. Tilton Fitness is recognized by Club Industry Magazine as one of the top 100 health and fitness facility companies in the United States. For more information, visit