Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 19, 2020
Contact : Eric C. Muench, Communications Manager  

Bestselling Author to Headline Inspirational Program in Old Bridge

Jennifer Rothschild to share her inspirational story at Hackensack Meridian Health’s free Vassar Vision Awareness Day, May 16

Old Bridge, NJ - After losing her eyesight as an adolescent, Jennifer Rothschild’s dreams of becoming a commercial artist and cartoonist faded. Nevertheless, she persevered, becoming a bestselling author, recording artist, and inspirational speaker. Jennifer will share her message of encouragement at Hackensack Meridian Health’s Mitchell Vassar Vision Awareness Day on Thursday, May 16, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Grand Marquis, 1550 Route 9 South, Old Bridge, NJ.

This free event, focusing on “Living Beyond Limits,” includes lunch and a resource fair with exhibitions from an array of Hackensack Meridian Health network services and programs. A collection will also be held for unwanted eyeglasses for the Lions Club Recycle for Sight Program, benefiting visually impaired adults and children. In addition to Jennifer’s presentation, Stacy Doumas, M.D., from Hackensack Meridian Health’s Behavioral Health team, will discuss achieving emotional harmony.

At the age of fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. Words and music replaced her vision for more than 30 years. Jennifer is the author of 14 books and she has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, Dr. Phil, ABC’s Good Morning America, and other national TV and radio programs. Her book Lessons I Learned in the Dark has been a national bestseller. Known for her substance, and down to earth style, Jennifer weaves together colorful illustrations, universal principles, and music to help audiences find contentment, walk with endurance and celebrate the ordinary. Through her signature wit and poignant storytelling, audiences are prompted to look beyond their circumstances to find unique “gifts” in unusual packaging.

The event is made possible by the Mitchell Vassar Bright Future Legacy, through a generous gift from Janice Mitchell Vassar. This gift to Hackensack Meridian Health has made a positive impact on New Jersey’s visually impaired individuals by making educational opportunities available for patients and caregivers, sponsoring Vision Awareness Day, and offering free screenings to the community.

Registration is required for the event, please call 1-800-560-9990.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

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 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

Hackensack 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.

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