Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 6, 2009
Contact : Elizabeth Dobis  
732-751-7537
edobis@meridianhealth.com

Meridian Health Launches Support Web Site To Help Those Impacted By Multiple Sclerosis

Site offers expertise and resources for managing Multiple Sclerosis  

Neptune, NJ - Meridian Health, the area’s leading not-for-profit provider of hospitals and health care services, today announced the launch of the Monmouth & Ocean County Multiple Sclerosis Support Community Web Site. The site provides a forum for those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), as well as those who care for someone with this chronic, and often disabling, neurological condition.

“Support plays a key role in helping those with chronic health conditions overcome the day-to-day obstacles that they face,” says Jorge F. Corzo, M.D., medical director of Rehabilitation Services at Riverview Medical Center. “We hope that this local network will help those facing MS connect with others who relate to their daily struggles and triumphs.”

The site offers an array of bulletin boards and commentary from Meridian Health experts on such topics as receiving the diagnosis of MS, living with the condition, becoming an empowered patient, as well as accessing available treatments, therapies, and assistive technologies. In addition, there are special boards devoted to caregivers. Those interested in becoming a part of this online community can access the site at: www.meridianhealth.com/support/ms.

About MS Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. It is widely considered to be an autoimmune disease, or one in which the body’s own defense system triggers attacks on itself. MS affects twice as many women as men and is usually diagnosed between the ages of 20-40, though it can strike at any age. An estimated 400,000 Americans have MS, and there are approximately 2,000 living with the condition in Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. In its mildest form, symptoms of MS can include numbness in the limbs, vision disturbances, and fatigue. But in its worst cases, MS can render a person unable to write, speak, or walk. While there is no cure for MS, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by the disease.

About Meridian Health Meridian Health is a not-for-profit health care organization comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Partner Companies that include home care agencies, rehabilitation and long term care facilities, ambulatory care, ambulance services, and occupational health located throughout Central New Jersey. Meridian Health has been named one of the top 100 Most Wired and top 25 Most Wireless Health Systems in the United States, among New Jersey’s most highly rated health care providers for clinical quality as well as one of best places to work in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.meridianhealth.com.