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Giants and Hackensack Meridian Health expand partnership; rename Legacy Club at MetLife Stadium

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Edison, NJ – The New York Giants and Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest and most integrated health network in New Jersey, announced that they are expanding their partnership that started more than a decade ago. The announcement was made yesterday during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Hackensack Meridian Health Legacy Club at MetLife Stadium.

Hackensack Meridian Health and the New York Giants' partnership began in 2009 with a shared commitment to build healthier communities in the tri-state area, and create philanthropic opportunities that advance the network's mission to transform health care. The organizations regularly team up to educate fans, patients and the general public about critical health-related topics such as COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy, and raise money to advance innovative research and treatments for pediatric cancer patients.  

The growing relationship between Hackensack Meridian Health and the New York Giants will create greater opportunities for philanthropy that supports high quality, accessible patient care throughout Hackensack Meridian Health's network. The partnership will also deliver health education and content to a broader audience through custom videos and player appearances. 

"The New York Giants are an incredible partner and share our mission to keep getting better for our team members, patients and the communities we serve," said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. "We look forward to working closely together to continue advancing innovative research and treatments for patients, bringing awareness of important health and safety initiatives to our communities and championing our frontline workers who are the backbone of our organization."

Over the years, Hackensack Meridian Health and the New York Giants have worked together on significant initiatives, including:

  • Through the support of the New York Giants, their fans and Eli Manning, Tackle Kids Cancer has raised over $12 million dollars for pediatric cancer research and provided Hackensack Meridian Health patients with unforgettable experiences. Tackle Kids Cancer is a philanthropic initiative to raise money for pediatric cancer research and patient care programs
  • The Giants sent two Hackensack Meridian Health frontline team members to Super Bowl LV as a thank you for keeping the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • New York Giants players and alumni serve as liaisons to communities across New Jersey, bringing awareness of important health and safety initiatives, including: COVID-19 vaccine trials and vaccination education; cancer screenings; lung, heart, and pediatric health; and flu vaccinations
  • Honoring cancer survivors, oncology physicians and nurses every October in support of the NFL's Crucial Catch initiative to bring awareness to the importance of early detection and risk reduction 
  • New York Giants rookies participated in an annual Halloween tradition to get dressed up and visit pediatric patients across Hackensack Meridian Health's children's hospitals.

"Our partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health has strengthened over the past decade due to the mutual desire to make an impact in our community," said Pete Guelli, Chief Commercial Officer, New York Giants. "We are excited to expand this partnership with a leader in the health care industry to provide educational and philanthropic opportunities to this area for years to come."

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

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 Johnson 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 center, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 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 more top-ranked hospitals than anyone in New Jersey, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey with the #1 adult and children's hospital rankings.

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's best cancer center, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22. This premier cancer center is also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. John Theurer Cancer Center is part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI designated comprehensive cancer center. 

Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to ensure that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. 

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions.

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. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.

ABOUT THE NEW YORK GIANTS

About the New York Football Giants

A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With eight championships, including a victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, their second in five seasons, the Giants are the only franchise in the NFL with a Super Bowl victory in each of the last four decades. Headquartered at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants enter their 97th season of play this fall. For more information, visit www.giants.com.

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