NEWARK, N.J. (March 16, 2016) – Today, the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center announced Barnabas Health as Official Health Care Partner of the hockey team and sports and entertainment arena. The announcement also included the unveiling of a new name and logo for Prudential Center’s practice facility, now called the Barnabas Health Hockey House.
The agreement launched the Devils and Prudential Center’s Marquee Partnership program, naming Barnabas Health as a member. The new platform will align the most powerful brands in Jersey committed to unifying and inspiring the lives of the families, neighbors and communities throughout the state.
“New Jersey is where our families, employees, partners and fans call home, and we are committed to uniting Jersey’s townships, counties and communities through the power of sports and entertainment,” said Scott O’Neil, CEO, Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils. “We are proud to partner with Barnabas Health to build stronger communities with healthy, active lifestyles and world-class healthcare.”
“As our mission has changed towards keeping people healthy and serving as an innovative resource for the communities we serve, this is a perfect match bringing together New Jersey’s team and the state’s finest health care system,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, Barnabas Health. “This partnership will allow both of our organizations to leverage resources to reach the youth of New Jersey and families throughout the state. With the new Barnabas Health Hockey House serving as the home of grassroots hockey in New Jersey, we look forward to investing in health promotion, community outreach and overall wellness programs.”
Barnabas Health Hockey House, one of only two NHL practice facilities attached to a main arena, is the epicenter of youth and amateur hockey in New Jersey, serving 125,000 community members each year, including the more than 300 participants in Hockey in New Jersey. The Barnabas Health Hockey House staff and Barnabas Health’s team of specialty physicians and nutrition and wellness experts will collaborate on programming designed to promote optimal performance and good health, while building confidence, sportsmanship and life skills.
Barnabas Health announced the formation of a Fueling Healthy Athletes and Sports Nutrition Curriculum, which will be rolled out and made available to all players, teams and coaches utilizing the facility. In addition to community nutrition and wellness programming, the health care system will partner with the Devils and Prudential Center for all youth and grassroots programming, including the Little Devils Youth Fan Club; the New Jersey State High School Ice Hockey Championships and the Devils’ annual Captains Night; Devils Dream Day Camps; Hockey in New Jersey; the Devils Coaches Clinic; the Devils’ celebration of New Jersey Hockey on Prudential Center’s main concourse; and the Barnabas Health Family Show Series.
The New Jersey Devils and Barnabas Health will also partner on a rink affiliate program that will bring youth hockey clinics and wellness and nutrition education to players and coaches at ice hockey rinks throughout the state of New Jersey.
In the coming weeks Barnabas Health will finalize its merger with Robert Wood Johnson Health System. Once complete, the transaction will create New Jersey’s largest health care system and one of the largest in the nation – to be known as RWJ Barnabas Health.
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.
About the New Jersey Devils
The New Jersey Devils are part of the 30-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 34th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at www.newjerseydevils.com, on Facebook, and @NJDevils on Twitter and Instagram.
About Prudential Center
Prudential Center is a world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. Ranked in the Top 10 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and welcomes 1.75 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit PruCenter.com and Facebook, and follow @PruCenter on Twitter.