Capital Campaign for the 'New' Jersey Shore University Medical Center Surpasses $20 Million Goal

Contact:Robert Cavanaugh

Capital Campaign for the 'New' Jersey Shore University Medical Center Surpasses $20 Million Goal

Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey has attained its $20 million capital campaign goal for The Transforming Care Project that was completed in July 2009. Funds from the campaign helped to build the new 213,000 square foot, four-story Northwest Pavilion, the Kurr Foundation Atrium, and the three-story, 109,000 square foot Mildred Rosa Diagnostic and Treatment Pavilion. The Amdur Ambulatory Care Center and Mehandru Pavilion were also named during the campaign.

"We are extremely thankful for our community's philanthropic support of our Transforming Care campaign," says Nancy Barone, senior development officer of Jersey Shore University Medical Center's Foundation. "This amazing generosity means even better care for those we serve."

Following more than two years of thoughtful planning and research, Jersey Shore University Medical Center embarked on a $300 million expansion project to ensure that it would meet the rapidly growing needs of the community for generations to come.

For the last eight years, Jersey Shore University Medical Center's admissions have steadily increased and its growth is predicted to continue at an accelerated rate as the community ages and requires more complex care. The Transforming Care project was needed to provide the Monmouth and Ocean County community with better access to the finest academic medical center in central New Jersey.

Combined with exceptional clinical care services, the 'new' Jersey Shore means a more accessible and comfortable healing atmosphere for patients and guests. The project plan focused on the patient experience, starting with improved access to the campus and the availability of ample and convenient parking, and continuing on with the overall aesthetic design of the buildings, which includes plenty of large windows, soothing colors, and home-like furnishings. It also combines the latest in medical technology with a tradition of compassionate care.

"Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a reflection of the community we serve, and we derive our most passionate support from the people who live and work in the communities here and who have benefited from the tremendous care we provide," said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "At Jersey Shore, we value the relationships with our donors, as financial support from the community has been an integral part of our growth and success for over one hundred years."

The Northwest Pavilion houses the state-of-the-art Mary V. Black Emergency Department which can accommodate 100,000 annual visits, a new 24/7 trauma center with its own elevator and rooftop heliport, three new nursing units each with 36 private rooms in 12-bed neighborhoods, and an additional 36-bed "shell" floor for future capacity needs.

The Mildred Rosa Diagnostic and Treatment Pavilion adds six new surgery suites, a new kitchen and dining area, and space for an additional 12 intensive care unit beds to meet future needs.

"This could not have been achieved without the support of the physicians and team members from Jersey Shore University Medical Center," added Mollie Giamanco, board chair, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation. "We were able to exceed our goal because they set the example - by raising over $4.1 million." Andrew Sapienza, a 12 year volunteer at Jersey Shore University Medical was extremely excited to donate to the capital campaign and hoped his gift would encourage other team members to contribute. "I really hoped everybody would get behind this campaign and donate whatever they could," said Andrew. "In the end, this campaign is substantial proof of the commitment that the Jersey Shore University Medical Center team members, volunteers, and physicians have to the community." Transforming Care featured one of the most successful internal campaigns ever at a NJ hospital facility.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation is a non-profit organization, which benefits the programs and services of Jersey Shore University Medical Center and the patients and families it serves.

Guided by its Board of Trustees, which consists of volunteers from the community, Jersey Shore is committed to encouraging and providing philanthropic support for the hospital by overseeing the solicitation of gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations.