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02/22/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/22/2024 11:29

RWJBarnabas Health and New Jersey Devils Fortify Longstanding Partnership with Shared Vision to Build Healthier Communities

Enhanced multi-year long-term partnership expansion focused on dedication of programs and resources, to supporting active and healthy lifestyles through the game of hockey

RWJBarnabas Health logo to be featured on all Devils' home jerseys as the Club's first-ever patch partner

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 22, 2024 - In a perfect combination of two organizations that are passionately committed to the state of New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health and the New Jersey Devils today jointly announced the multi-year extension of their innovative partnership that will strengthen the impact the two enterprises are making together in their shared vision of building healthier communities.

Continuing a nearly 30-year association between the parties, RWJBarnabas Health, the largest and most comprehensive academic health care system in the state of New Jersey, and the Devils have outlined a multi-tiered activation plan allowing the two brands to utilize shared resources to improve community health.

As part of the agreement, the Devils and RWJBarnabas Health have developed a comprehensive, over-arching youth hockey program to engage with children across New Jersey. Touching more than 40 hockey rinks throughout the state as part of the New Jersey Devils Rink Partners program, this multi-platform initiative is designed to grow the sport of hockey via accessibility, training, on/off-ice skills, and the promotion of health and wellness.

The Devils and RWJBarnabas Health share a commitment to support children from the first day they step onto the ice, all the way through their high school years, and beyond. RWJBarnabas Health has created an educational blueprint that will teach children and their families the importance of leading active, nutritious lifestyles and important injury prevention techniques, all with the goal of encouraging healthy habits at a young age. This is combined with the Devils support of coaching, mental health, and athlete care seminars, providing participants with access to NHL-level guidance and education.

"The opportunity to strengthen RWJBarnabas Health's 30-year partnership with the New Jersey Devils reinforces our shared commitment to improve community health," said Mark E. Manigan, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health. "While this multi-faceted affiliation serves to provide world-class clinical care to professional athletes, equally important, our combined resources will continue to elevate and advance critical community-based health care programs and services across the state."

Serving as a visual representation of the enhanced collaboration and commitment, RWJBarnabas Health becomes the team's first-ever home jersey patch partner, a strategic move designed to strengthen the brand association between the organizations. The home jersey branding will also be fully integrated throughout RWJBarnabas Health and Devils' activations on and off the ice and, more importantly, throughout the community.

"We are beyond excited to extend our long-standing partnership with the largest academic health care system in New Jersey, RWJBarnabas Health, and together unveil the first-ever jersey patch partner for the New Jersey Devils," said Jake Reynolds, President, New Jersey Devils & Prudential Center. "Together with RWJBarnabas Health, we will continue to play an instrumental role in supporting youth hockey programs, fulfill our shared vision of building healthier communities throughout New Jersey and help support the highest level of care for our athletes."

The agreement also expands RWJBarnabas Health's current Devils' initiatives which includes: Hosting the annual 'Running with the Devils 5K Run & Walk,' offering live & virtual options to promote healthy, active lifestyles; Supporting youth hockey programs, such as Learn to Play and high school hockey; Devils players, alumni and mascot NJ will continue to support community-based programs, including the annual system-wide hospital visits designed to lift the spirits of patients and staff that may be spending the holiday season in the hospital; Hosting annual blood drives, community screenings and important cause nights, and immersive patient experiences highlighted by the Rock Star program, a VIP gameday experience that honors patients and their RWJBarnabas Health care teams, which incorporates meeting players and in-game recognition.

RWJBarnabas Health will continue to be the presenting partner of the Devils' annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night, an opportunity to raise awareness for cancer research and care, while honoring a patient/cancer survivor and their health care team. Elevating this initiative and raising funds to support clinical care, and treatment for cancer patients, while delivering necessary resources to hospitals throughout the system is a priority. To date, funds from this initiative have supported the renovation/enhancement of infusion centers at several hospitals, a new waiting room at The Valerie Fund at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, and the purchase of several vehicles to provide patient and clinical team transportation.

Moreover, the RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, located at Prudential Center, and the home for youth teams, club teams, high school teams, and special events throughout the year, will continue to serve as a primary venue to engage with youth and support community-based health initiatives.

In striving to give Devils' players and staff access to the best available supportive athlete care, a dedicated RWJBarnabas Health physician will serve as the club's associate provider, working with the club's athlete care team. The RWJBarnabas Health network will continue to provide medical testing services including team physicals, imaging, lab work, and injury preventive strategies and treatment, to best support the fitness of the players, while keeping them on the ice and performing at the highest level.

The two organizations will collaborate on future initiatives including data research on injuries, biostatistics, engagement with club's dietician, strength and conditioning training sessions, and player development.

Devils' defenseman Dougie Hamilton will also partner with RWJBarnabas Health to launch "Dougie's Buddies," a community program where twice a month throughout the season, Dougie will host a guest and their family at a Devils home game. The guests will be determined by Devils' Grassroots and Community Initiative groups, while incorporating RWJBarnabas Health patients. The experience includes tickets to a Devils' home game, food and beverage, Devils merchandise and a postgame meet and greet with Dougie.

"Connecting with our youth is a passion of mine, and it is an honor to partner with RWJBarnabas Health to launch this community program and create a meaningful experience for children and their families," said Devils' defenseman Dougie Hamilton. "Having made New Jersey my home and seeing how important the Devils are to the community, I wanted to offer this unique opportunity and bring smiles to their faces during what maybe a difficult time."

"For 30 years, RWJBarnabas Health and the Devils have been synonymous with the state of New Jersey, long-term partners who care about their communities and giving back together," said Devils' Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and former Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. "I've seen firsthand the impact they have made, whether it's visiting their hospitals with my teammates to cheer up patients and staff or participating in their youth hockey initiatives throughout my career. There is no better connection than to have with an organization that shares our values, and it's great for this generation of Devils' stars to showcase that on their jerseys."

The partnership commences on February 22 at Prudential Center when the new logo will be debuted on the team's jerseys against the New York Rangers.

About RWJBarnabas Health:
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering eight counties with five million people. The system includes twelve acute care hospitals - Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, 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, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, three acute care children's hospitals, Children's Specialized Hospital with a network of outpatient pediatric rehabilitation centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state's largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is among New Jersey's largest private employers - with more than 38,000 employees and 9,000 physicians- and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health launched an affiliation with Rutgers University to create New Jersey's largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers' education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. For more information, visit www.RWJBH.org.

About New Jersey Devils:
The New Jersey Devils are part of the 32-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they recently celebrated their 40th season in the Garden State. During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships: 1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at NewJerseyDevils.com, on Facebook, X, and Instagram. The New Jersey Devils organization is a HBSE property.

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