Local hospital executive to lead virtual walk to support heart and brain health in Monmouth & Ocean counties

Bill Arnold Heart Walk ChairThe American Heart Association recently announced Bill Arnold, MHA, President, Southern Region, for RWJBarnabas Health, will serve as chairperson of the 2020 Shoreline Heart Walk scheduled as a virtual event for Sunday, October 25. With the pandemic keeping people at home, the Association is embracing a new approach to keep the Shoreline Heart Walk event on schedule by going virtual. Heart Walk teams will not meet in person physically but will meet virtually to get moving at home or around the neighborhood.

The Shoreline Heart Walk, locally sponsored by RWJBarnabas Health, Encompass Health and New Jersey Natural Gas, brings hundreds of Monmouth and Ocean Counties families, organizations and businesses together annually for a fun-filled, cardiovascular wellness event. Now, more than ever during this time of physical distance, it’s important to find new ways to boost physical and emotional health. The Heart Walk is a great way to keep up healthy habits, stay socially connected and keep up with physical activity.

As chair of the event, Arnold will manage a volunteer executive leadership team whose mission is to recruit businesses, community groups and individual walkers while helping raise $175,000 to support the American Heart Association’s mission to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

“I’m honored to serve as chair of the Virtual Shoreline Heart Walk, which brings together Monmouth and Ocean counties,” says Bill Arnold, MHA, President of the RWJBarnabas Health Southern Region, which includes Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus and an expansive network of primary and specialty care offices and outpatient centers. “It’s critical to support the AHA’s mission of improving cardiovascular health—especially during this extraordinary time.”

According to the Association, 120 million Americans have one or more cardiovascular conditions that put them at higher risk for COVID-19 complications. Heart Walk supports the critical mission of the American Heart Association, including funding fast-tracked scientific projects to investigate the specific cardiovascular implications of COVID-19, while also highlighting the benefits of staying physically active. The Shoreline Heart Walk will provide Monmouth and Ocean county families, businesses and organizations a virtual experience to have fun, stay connected and adapt to spending more time at home.

As President, Southern Region, Arnold has operational, philanthropic and strategic responsibilities for Community Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus, as well as all other healthcare venues in Monmouth and Ocean counties. He leads a single team focused on all aspects of care for the communities served by these facilities.

To learn how you can join Arnold at the American Heart Association Shoreline Heart Walk, visit www.shorelineheartwalk.org or call 609.223.3711.