Jul 30, 2014

Count Basie Theatre Joins Barnabas Health's Monmouth Medical Center in Recognition of American Heart Month

The Count Basie Theatre has joined forces with Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, to raise awareness of American Heart Month.

An official month-long U.S. observance, American Heart Month urges citizens to recognize the nationwide problem of heart and blood vessel diseases and support all essential programs required to solve the problem. Barnabas Health’s southern region hospitals, which in addition to Monmouth include Ocean County’s Community Medical Center and Kimball Medical Center, are the region’s exclusive HeartCaring hospitals, a national designation reserved for a select group of hospitals and clinicians that signifies excellence in women’s cardiovascular care. 

“We are pleased to be able to help Barnabas Health’s hospitals raise awareness during American Heart Month,” said Adam Philipson, CEO of the Count Basie Theatre. “Our team is poised and honored to be able to use many of our available communication tools to help spread the word about heart health awareness.”

Recognition of American Heart Month at the Count Basie Theatre will take several forms:

  • The famed Count Basie Theatre digital marquee is glowing red throughout February.
  • Shows going on sale this Friday – Valentine’s Day – will go on sale in honor of American Heart Month.  These include events with noted psychic medium Lisa Williams on May 8th and Australian soft rock legends Air Supply on June 13th.
  • Distribution of literature related to heart disease, prevention and American Heart Month at each Count Basie Theatre concert in February. 
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Barnabas Health and American Heart Month heart health messaging will appear throughout the theater to help raise awareness.
  • Heart-related information via banners in Countbasietheatre.com emails will be sent to members and the general public.

The Basie’s efforts mirror initiatives already in place at Barnabas Health facilities. For example, the exterior of buildings at Community, Kimball and Monmouth Medical Centers have been illuminated in red in partnership with the American Heart Association’s national Go Red For Women campaign.

“Visitors to our Long Branch campus in February will notice that the exterior of our buildings are illuminated in red flood lights,” says Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “But our Go Red campaign is about much more than shining red lights – it’s about living a longer, stronger life and encouraging your loved ones to do the same.”

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable. Monmouth Medical Center and its fellow Barnabas Health Heart Centers are hosting a range of screening events, educational programs, nutritional and heart disease risk assessments, and family-focused programs at Barnabas Health hospitals and community-based centers that extend from Essex to Ocean Counties. From infant CPR courses to cardiac physicians explaining the latest guidelines for preventing heart attack and stroke, and a dance party that encourages people of all ages to get moving, all the activities are designed to improve the heart health of New Jersey residents.

In fact, on Saturday, February 15, at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, Monmouth Medical Center will present its Day of Dance & Go Red For Women Day Health Fair from noon to 4 p.m. in the Rotunda near the Food Court. Monmouth Medical Center is teaming up with the American Heart Association and 94.3 The Point Radio Station for a free Heart Month event featuring Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations, as well as a special appearance by the Monmouth University Hawks Dancers, healthy cooking and CPR demonstrations, health screenings and information, giveaways and prizes. Special guest Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, who represents the 11th district and serves on the Assembly’s Women & Children Committee, will provide opening remarks at 12:30 p.m. on the stage.

For a full calendar of Barnabas Health Heart Centers events, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org/heartcenters.

The Count Basie Theatre’s primary mission is to serve the people of the State of New Jersey by providing a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and education programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the region; foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts, creates opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels, and honors the memory of Red Bank native and renowned jazz pianist William James “Count” Basie. The Count Basie Theatre has hosted an array of world-class artists, including Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Crosby Stills & Nash, Tony Bennett and Bill Cosby. Count Basie Theatre programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit www.countbasietheatre.org.

For more information about the Count Basie Theatre, contact Jon Vena at jvena@countbasietheatre.org / 732-224-8778 x 107.

For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, contact Kathy Horan at khoran@barnabashealth.org / 732-923-6632.  

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