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November 1, 2013
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Barnabas Health Hospice to HOst Holiday Bereavement Workshops

LONG BRANCH – Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center will host a free bereavement workshop at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at Monmouth Medical Center titled “Handling the Holidays.” The workshop is for individuals coping with the loss of a loved one this holiday season. Participants will learn about the nature of grief, identify coping strategies and develop concrete methods to manage the holiday season.

To register or for more information, please call 973-322-4817 or email

The health care team at Barnabas Health Hospice and Palliative Care Center has served more than 52,000 patients and their families during one of the most personal times of their lives. Specially trained experts in end-of-life care provide comprehensive and compassionate medical, emotional and spiritual care at a time when it is needed most. Programs, which serve infants, children, adults and the elderly, honor the individual choices and values of each patient and family, while offering full access to the broad array of services provided by Barnabas Health. For more information, please visit


Monmouth Medical Center Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings 

LONG BRANCH – Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting men in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, will provide free prostate cancer screenings to qualifying men from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the hospital’s Institute for Advanced Radiation Oncology, located at 300 Second Avenue.

Monmouth Medical Center urologists and radiation oncologists will perform the free screenings for men age 40 and older who have not undergone a prostate examination or prostate specific antigen (PSA) test within the past year. Men age 40 and older are encouraged to undergo an annual physician’s checkup that includes prostate cancer testing.

For more than 40 years, the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center has broadened its leadership role in oncology services through the ongoing expansion of state-of-the-art programs and technologies offered in many areas of cancer prevention, detection, treatment and ongoing after-care.

To register or to learn more about this screening, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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DonnaLyn Giegerich Hosts 2013 Leading the Way In Wellness Event

RED BANK – DonnaLyn Giegerich, MBA, CIC, RYT, president of DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting, hosted the second annual Leading the Way in Wellness Power Panelist Event on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Red Bank Women’s Club. The event brought together a group of high caliber women panelists including Dr. Kristen Cardamone, Dr. Nermin Gendy, Dr. Sharon Rasa, and Jodi Strumeier.

Local businesses sponsored the event including DonnaLyn Giegerich Consulting, Kaiser Fit Club, EnerChi Fitness, Isagenix, Rasa Health, Lisa McComsey and Amy Cramer, authors of The Vegan Cheat Sheet, Lomurro, Davison, Eastman, and Munez Law Firm, and Yvonne’s Café of Ocean Grove.

“Health and wellness is such an important topic, especially as we continue to learn more about the power of integrative health inspired treatments. The power panelist events are all about building momentum around what’s possible in your business and in your life,” said Giegerich.

Various health professionals focused on an integrative model given inspiring and motivational health and wellness content delivered attendees. The event also provided a networking opportunity for women business owners to gain traction and support their businesses and each other in a positive environment.

Local businesses donated door prizes and giveaways including holistic gift certificates and books.

More information on DonnaLyn Giegerich’s ongoing panelist and workshop events can be found at The next power panelist event will be “New Year, New You” in January 2014.


Riverview Medical Center Diabetes Awareness Day November 4, 2013

RED BANK – Riverview Medical Center will be hosting Diabetes Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4. Wellness and education is the focus of the day, as speaker Marianna Antonopoulou M.D. discusses the facts about diabetes and how to keep yourself healthy.

Following Dr. Antonopoulou, guests are encouraged to consult with one of the many health experts available, as well as take advantage of free health screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. This event is free and open to all community members, but registration is required by calling 1-800-560-9990 or visiting


Monmouth University Announces Launch of Physician Assistant Program

WEST LONG BRANCH – Monmouth University announces the launch of its Master of Science – Physician Assistant Program (MSPA). The program was recently granted accreditation-provisional status by Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Monmouth University’s PA program is the first PA program available in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean and coastal counties.

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“Demographics on aging indicate that we need to do as much as possible to meet our nation’s future health care needs,” said President Paul R. Brown. “The PA program is a great addition to our allied health offerings and will help meet the growing demand for primary care providers in the region.”

Applications are currently being accepted for the inaugural class starting in fall 2014. Forbes magazine recently ranked the physician assistant profession as “#1 best masters’ degree for 2013.” The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 30 percent growth of the PA profession in the next decade.

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a health care delivery team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program and is eligible to take the national certifying exam and become state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.

Monmouth University’s PA Program, is a three-year, full-time graduate level program whose mission is to educate physician assistants to provide compassionate, patient-centered, quality health care in a variety of settings. Program graduates will possess clinical skills to serve a diverse patient population and have the ability to advance the profession through leadership and research.

All PA classes will be held in MU’s Health Sciences Center, located in Monmouth Park Corporate Center on Route 36 in West Long Branch, less than 2 miles from the main Monmouth campus.

The MSPA’s Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status given to new programs. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

For more information, visit

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