Posted December 17, 2020
Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive health network, is pleased to announce that more than $145,000 has already been granted by several leading New Jersey headquartered banks and affiliated foundations, including: OceanFirst Bank, Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Manasquan Bank and Valley Bank.
“We are grateful to these respected local banks for their support of our efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to our dedicated team members who have been on the front lines of this crisis, working each day to provide compassionate, high-quality care under these difficult circumstances,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hackensack Meridian Health. “As New Jersey’s largest health network, Hackensack Meridian Health has been preparing for this pivotal moment in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. We have already begun administering the COVID-19 vaccine to our vital health care heroes and will roll it out to the community as soon as the shipments are received.”
These donations will help support Hackensack Meridian Health’s staffing and operational efforts to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to its health care workers and the community. The health network has created a comprehensive vaccination distribution plan that follows the expected guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The network purchased several extreme temperature freezers necessary for storage of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine and identified sites within the network that will accept doses, and over 30 vaccine distribution locations.