Hospital Executive to Lead Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon

The American Heart Association recently announced Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center, will serve as chair of the Garden State Go Red for Women Luncheon scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, NJ.

The Go Red for Women Luncheon is one of the premier women’s events in New Jersey focusing on cardiovascular health and wellness in women.  As a cornerstone piece of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, this social-educational event focuses attention on uniting women to prevent or survive the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of women – heart disease and stroke.  Nationally sponsored by CVS Health, this vibrant movement inspires women to make lifestyle changes, mobilize communities and shape policies to save lives.

Foley is passionate about working in the community to help spread awareness that cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of one in three women each year. In her role, she will engage local business and community leaders in empowering women to get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke and to make healthy lifestyle changes.

“I’m excited to lead the Go Red for Women movement in New Jersey,” stated Foley. “Through this initiative, we can help women to learn about their risk, take steps to live healthier and promote change for women’s heart and stroke research.”

Foley began her career as an operating room nurse at Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey and Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. She was then promoted to Chief Nursing Executive at Ocean Medical Center. During this time, she passionately furthered her education, earning a Master of Science in Nursing and PhD from Kean University. In her current role as chief operating officer at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Foley manages campus operations, programming, community relations and hospital finances. Prior to this role, Foley was chief operating officer at Bayshore Medical Center, where her team achieved Magnet designation, the highest credential that can be achieved in the nursing profession and overall hospital operations.

“I’m honored to work with the American Heart Association on this important cause to bring lifesaving information and resources to our community,” continued Foley. “This is such a wonderful opportunity to network with other women, learn more about heart health and raise funds for the Association’s lifesaving mission.”

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.  Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women – more than all cancers combined.  The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.  Women who Go Red live healthier lives.

The Go Red For Women Luncheon raises funds to support this lifesaving movement, supporting cutting-edge research, community programs and professional education focused on cardiovascular health.

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, contact the American Heart Association at 609.223.3729 or visit

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