Basie, Hackensack-Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine join forces for Health and Wellness Series


(RED BANK – OCT. 18) The historic Count Basie Theatre and Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine have joined forces for the Basie Health & Wellness Series, a group of programs designed to promote physical, emotional, mental, social, spiritual and environmental wellness through the arts.

Author and renowned alternative medicine advocate Deepak Chopra returns to the Basie on Nov. 30, while Eat, Pray Love author and self-help champion Elizabeth Gilbert visits the historic theater on March 15, 2018. Tickets to both events, priced between $29 and $75, are on sale now through, phone charge at 732.842.9000 and the Basie box office, located onsite at 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank.

“We are very honored to launch this speaker series with the Count Basie Theatre,” said Lori Knutson, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, Administrative Director of Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine. “The arts are an imperative part of the health and well-being of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. We are thrilled about thi

s partnership and supporting the well-being of our community.”

Health and wellness are core to the nonprofit Basie’s mission, part of which is to enrich the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools and collaborating with other mission-based organizations.

“The Count Basie Theatre is pleased to partner with Hackensack Meridian on this exciting and important new series,” said Adam Philipson, President and CEO, Count Basie Theatre. “The opportunity to bring speakers to the region with uplifting and motivational information seeks to improve our daily lives, and without a doubt will become one of our nonprofit organization’s more popular offerings.”




The Count Basie Theatre’s primary mission is to serve the people of the State of New Jersey by providing a broad spectrum of quality entertainment and education programs that reflect and celebrate the diversity of the region; foster understanding and appreciation for the ennobling power of the performing arts, creates opportunity for cultural enrichment for people at all economic levels, and honors the memory of Red Bank native and renowned jazz pianist William James “Count” Basie. The Count Basie Theatre has hosted an array of world-class artists, including Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Jon Bon Jovi, John Legend, Crosby Stills & Nash, Ringo Starr, Tony Bennett and Ariana Grande. Count Basie Theatre programming is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report and three other hospitals including among the top 10 – more than any other network in New Jersey. The network is also recognized for consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is the recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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