Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Health System, and Mariam Merced (in pink), Director of the Community Health Promotions Program at RWJ, with bikers from the Renaissance Community Development Corp. Credit Union at a recent kick-off for their Sept. 15 Bike-a-Thon.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Renaissance Community Development Corp. Credit Union (CDCU) will again lend its support to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH), The Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s (CINJ) and UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s (UMDNJ-RWJMS) annual free prostate cancer screening program by donating proceeds it raises from its Sept. 15th Bike-A-Thon.
This year’s Bike-A-Thon takes place on Sept. 15th from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., rain or shine. The start and finish is the Renaissance Credit Union parking lot, located at 55 Fuller St. in Somerset. The event features 30- and 50-mile rides for experienced cyclists, a 10-mile ride for the casual biker and three-mile walk/ride in Colonial Park for children ages 5-12 (adults must walk during the fun walk/ride).
The advance registration fee is $45. On-site registration on the day of the event is $55. Prizes will be awarded to the biker and team that raise the most money.
Last year, Renaissance CDCU donated $1,000 that it raised from the bike-a-thon to support RWJ and CINJ’s annual prostate cancer screening campaign.
“We are honored to have the Renaissance Community Development Corporation Credit Union choose us as a beneficiary of their Bike-A-Thon,” says Mariam Merced, Director of the Community Health Promotions Program at RWJUH, which provides the free screenings each year in partnership with CINJ and UMDNJ-RWJMS. “Not only do groups like the CDCU provide essential funding to help us provide the screenings, but they serve as key partners who spread the word and help deliver our message to many more men in our community than we could reach on our own.”
The annual free prostate cancer screening program is offered to men between the ages of 40 and 75 from New Brunswick and its surrounding communities during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. The program screens hundreds of men annually and was recognized by the Health Care Research Education Trust, earning an Honorable Mention Community Outreach Award in 2010. Last year, the program provided free screenings to a record 711 men. Since the program’s inception in 1997, approximately 4,000 men have been screened.
Last year’s record number of individuals screened followed an aggressive outreach campaign that included promoting the screenings at community events, working with community partners such as churches and local barbershops and organizations like the Renaissance CDCU to spread the word, media outreach, radio advertising, public service announcements and direct mail.
The free prostate cancer screenings will take place this year on Sept. 18, 19 and 20 at CINJ on Little Albany Street. To make an appointment for a screening, call 1-888-MD-RWJUH. For more information, call (732) 247-2050.
Renaissance CDCU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. Renaissance CDCU was the second State chartered Credit Union in New Jersey. The Credit Union was chartered in 1996 as an extension of the First Baptist Community Development Corporation. Renaissance Community Development Credit Union is based on a "Common Bond," we serve several segments of the community: those who live, work, worship or attend school within the Renaissance Target Area. This area covers parts of Franklin Township and New Brunswick. In June 2001 the U.S. Treasury Department certified Renaissance CDCU as a Community Development Financial Institution. The CDCU’s mission is “To be the primary financial institution for our members; providing a wide range of high quality financial services in the most cost effective manner.”
For a referral to a physician affiliated with RWJUH, please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.