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Easing the Stigma about Behavioral Health

Patrick Kennedy and Jack Ford headline fundraising event

The Trinitas Health Foundation will present an informative evening on "Easing the Stigma about Behavioral Health" with former U.S. Congressman and mental health advocate Patrick J. Kennedy and Journalist Jack Ford. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at The Park Savoy Estate in Florham Park, Tuesday, October 30. Cocktails and a light supper will be served.

The event will launch Trinitas' Peace of Mind Campaign, which is a $4 million renovation project to update the Behavioral Health facility at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

"In light of the fact that the building is more than 100 years old and has not been updated in many years," says Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and CEO of Trinitas Regional Medical Center, "this project will significantly upgrade the facilities in both the adult and adolescent inpatient areas to match the excellent care patients receive by creating a safer, more comfortable and therapeutic environment."

Patrick Joseph Kennedy II, born in 1967, is the youngest son of the long-time Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy and is a nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy.

Patrick is a politician, mental health advocate and recent author of the New York Times Bestselling book titled "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction" (Penguin, 2016), where he details his personal and political battle with mental illness and addiction, exploring mental healthcare's history in the country alongside his and every family's private struggles.

“We must break the silence and bring transparency to a system that oppresses those with mental health and substance use disorders,” says Patrick, the founder of the Kennedy Forum, a former member of the President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, and co-founder of One Mind.

From 1995 to 2011, Patrick served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island’s 1st congressional district. At the time of his father's 2009 death, Patrick was the last remaining member of the Kennedy family to serve in an elective office in Washington. After he chose not to seek re-election in 2010 and left office the following year, it was the first time there were no members of the Kennedy family holding political office in the United States Congress or as President since 1947.

Jack Ford, a legal analyst for CBS News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports, will serve as moderator for the evening. The New Jersey native has previously held several roles at ABC News, including anchor and correspondent for Good Morning America, 20/20, and World News Tonight.

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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center was established in 2000 following the consolidation of Elizabeth General Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital. Trinitas, a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 11 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing, breast health, seniors healthcare, women's healthcare and sleep medicine.

Posted: October 13, 2018

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