Home Golf Cares New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF) Announces Partnership With Barnabas Health

Partnership Will Center on Promoting Wellness Programs; Barnabas Health to Serve as Founding Partner of New NJPGA/NJGF Headquarters in Bedminster, N.J.

PISCATAWAY, N.J., September 30, 2015…The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America (NJPGA), today announced a multi-year partnership with Barnabas Health, the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey.

The NJGF hosts a dynamic line-up of programming that provides access for individuals from all backgrounds – with a focus on youth, military, special needs – to experience the game of golf. To support the NJGF’s mission of impacting lives and communities through the game of golf, the Foundation teamed up with Barnabas Health and will integrate wellness activities into the NJGF’s core programming.

Additionally, Barnabas Health will become a Founding Partner of the new NJPGA/NJGF Headquarters, located at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. The new headquarters, which will be completed in late 2015, is highlighted by a state-of-the-art indoor/outdoor training facility and the NJPGA Hall of Fame – featuring historic photos and memorabilia from the greatest players and moments throughout New Jersey’s esteemed golf history. The NJPGA/NJGF, which consists of more than 400 PGA Professionals and Apprentices, along with a section/foundation staff, is responsible for growing the game of golf throughout the state and operating more than 100 member-based tournaments each year.

“We are truly excited to partner with Barnabas Health and integrate their vast wellness expertise into our golf-based programs and activities for youth, military and boys and girls with special needs,” said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, New Jersey Golf Foundation. “As a longtime supporter of Special Olympics NJ, it’s evident that Barnabas Health shares our passion to make a difference in so many lives.”

Barnabas Health will also be integrated into the PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program in New Jersey. The flagship military program of the NJGF, PGA HOPE is designed to introduce golf — at no cost — to Veterans with disabilities in order to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. The HOPE program, led by PGA Professionals, helps Veterans assimilate back into their communities through the social interaction the game of golf provides.

“We are honored to partner with the New Jersey Golf Foundation,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health. “At Barnabas Health, we are dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people we serve and this new partnership strengthens our mission to building healthier communities.”

Barnabas Health will support various NJGF programs by providing wellness and nutrition programs to promote health education and awareness among athletes, families and veterans.  Such programs will offer free medical screenings, nutritional instruction and health education.

Further, the NJGF will host a series of special events for Barnabas Health, highlighted by Family Day golf clinics, while Barnabas Health will provide wellness tips for NJGF and NJPGA digital assets.

For more information on the New Jersey Golf Foundation, please visit njgolffoundation.com or call 732-465-1212.

About The New Jersey Golf Foundation

Founded in 2004, the NJGF is the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA Section.  With a focus on 3 core pillars (youth, military, special needs), the NJGF is committed to impacting lives and communities through the game of golf. Led by PGA Professionals, the NJGF hosts a dynamic line-up of programming that provides access for individuals from all backgrounds to experience the game of golf. Signature programs include, Golf In Schools, which is run annually at more than 200 schools, impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8), PGA Junior League featuring more than 60 teams throughout New Jersey, and PGA HOPE, the flagship military program that introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.njgolffoundation.com.

About Barnabas Health

Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the region, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in

Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston (four are teaching hospitals); two children’s hospitals, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, a trauma center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 21,000 employees, over 5,200 physicians, and 500 residents and interns. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.

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