Top women's golfer Cristie Kerr joined LibertyHealth President/CEO Joseph Scott and Chairman Robert Margulies today to announce the development of The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center on the campus of Jersey City Medical Center. Kerr's Birdies for Breast Cancer charity will help fund the new center, which is scheduled to open in February 2010.
Serving the insured and uninsured, The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center will be Hudson County's first comprehensive breast health center
NEW YORK, NY (July 16, 2009) - Cristie Kerr, one of the world's top women's professional golfers, today joined LibertyHealth to announce the founding of The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center on the Jersey City Medical Center campus. The center, to be housed in a five-story building presently under construction, will offer breast cancer screening programs including free mammograms and education to women with or without insurance.
To be equipped with both analog and digital mammography equipment, The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center will mark the first full-service facility in the Hudson County area providing detection, healing, support, and recovery services. Cristie Kerr and LibertyHealth aim to have the center fully functioning and open to the community by February 1, 2010.
Cristie Kerr is a passionate breast cancer activist, having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother battle the disease. In 2003, she founded the non-profit organization Birdies for Breast Cancer with a mission to raise funds and awareness. Cristie currently ranks #1 in Rolex Player of the Year points and #2 on the Ladies Professional Golf Association's (LPGA) Money List, with nine top-10 finishes in 15 tournaments this year. On Friday, August 14, Cristie will host the fifth annual Birdies for Breast Cancer Charity Golf Classic in Jersey City at Liberty National where all proceeds will be dedicated to developing The Cristie Kerr Women's Health Center.
"We are pleased to have such an accomplished athlete and passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness come to Jersey City to lend her name and support this important new medical facility," said Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy. "Education and early detection are key tools in fighting this disease and thanks to Ms. Kerr and LibertyHealth, even more Jersey City women will have these resources available to them."
"I am truly proud to be a part of something that so many women and their families will benefit from," said Cristie Kerr. "I look forward to collaborating with LibertyHealth, which already plays such a crucial role to the Hudson County community, to accomplish our shared aspirations."
According to Joseph F. Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of LibertyHealth, "We are very excited about forming this partnership with Cristie Kerr in the development of what will become the area's leading breast cancer facility. This center will further our mission of ‘enhancing life' for those who live and work throughout Hudson County and northern New Jersey."
Jersey City Medical Center provides nationally recognized care to the people of Hudson County and is the flagship hospital of LibertyHealth. The hospital serves as a regional referral, teaching hospital and provides the highest level of care for women, infants, trauma and cardiac patients. Jersey City Medical Center is located on a 15-acre campus overlooking the New York Harbor and Liberty State Park at Grand Street and Jersey Avenue.
About Birdies for Breast Cancer
Founded in 2003, Birdies for Breast Cancer is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that focuses its efforts on breast health awareness and raising money for breast cancer research. Cristie Kerr founded the organization after her mother, Linda Kerr, was diagnosed with the disease. Cristie donates $50 for every birdie and $100 for every eagle she makes on tour. Individuals can make direct donations by visiting cristiekerrgolf.com.
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