MANASQUAN, NJ—March 14, 2022—The Atlantic Club and Hackensack Meridian Health are proud to announce a partnership to deliver free mental health workshops to the community.

The series of mental health workshops will cover topics such as, letting go of stress, resilience in tough times, mindfulness and meditation, living intentionally and much more. The workshops will be led by health care professionals from Hackensack Meridian, will be a mix of virtual and in-person events and are free of charge to the community. In addition, fitness and wellness experts from the Atlantic Club will provide an experiential portion during each workshop including movement, stretching exercises and demonstrations of mindfulness tools that can be incorporated into everyday life.

The series has been named the Dr. Joe Miller Memorial Mental Wellness Workshop Series, to honor the tireless work of the late Joe Miller, Ph.D., to address the mental health crisis in our communities. “Dr. Miller was always looking for ways to collaborate with our community partners to enhance the lives of others,” said Grace Hickey, PsyD, regional director, behavioral health services, Hackensack Meridian Health. “I know he would be proud, and likely humbled, to have this wellness series named in his memory. Joe would probably say, ‘Don’t worry about including me…just do it because it’s a great thing to do for the community!’”

“The Atlantic Club is excited to partner with Hackensack Meridian on the very important and timely issue of mental health,” said Kevin McHugh, chief operating officer, the Atlantic Club. “The past two years of the pandemic have been extremely difficult on everyone and mental health awareness and help is needed now more than ever.”

The first free workshop, Letting Go of Stress: How to Adapt, Cope and Thrive, will be held on Wednesday evening, March 23, 2022, at 7 p.m. EDT. It will be a virtual presentation led by Kelly Briggs, DHP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, and Sandy Barndt, certified personal trainer and group exercise specialist, will address the different types of stress, coping skills, relaxation techniques and provide strategies to improve overall health and well-being. In addition, The Atlantic Club will provide a free Intro to Yoga and Meditation master class on Thursday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. To sign up for these free workshops please visit

About The Atlantic Club

The Atlantic Club, Inc., is a Medical Fitness certified health and wellness center that provides a full spectrum of programs and activities for the health, wellness and fitness needs of its members and the community. With locations in Red Bank and Manasquan, the club offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities and services, including group exercise classes, mind-body programs, personal training, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and racquetball courts, hiking trails, hot tubs, steam rooms, and a café. Children are welcome to participate in a variety of sports programs including the Atlantis Prep School, and a variety of summer camps. For more information, visit

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit healthcare organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and JFK University Medical Center in Edison; one university teaching hospital – Ocean University Medical Center in Brick; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; eight community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Old Bridge Medical Center in Old Bridge, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness center, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 36,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having more top-ranked hospitals than anyone in New Jersey, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22. Hackensack University Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey with the #1 adult and children’s hospital rankings.

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's best cancer center, as recognized by U.S. News & World Report, 2021-22. This premier cancer center is also the largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. John Theurer Cancer Center is part of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to ensure that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its campus in Nutley and Clifton. The Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI), housed in a fully renovated state-of-the-art facility, seeks to translate current innovations in science to improve clinical outcomes for patients with cancer, infectious diseases and other life-threatening and disabling conditions.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. To learn more, visit