Ocean Care Center Supported by $50,000 gift from Jones Family

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Ocean Care Center Supported by $50,000 gift from Jones Family

Bay Head couple invests in satellite emergency department in the heart of Point Pleasant

Tom and Vera Jones of Bay Head have fulfilled a $50,000 pledge to the Ocean Care Center, a satellite emergency department located in Point Pleasant. The donation has helped to purchase equipment and enhance the cardiac treatment room and blood draw area.

Vera reflects back to a time when her young grandson fell and cut his head. "I kept hoping that the bridge was down and that we wouldn't get delayed trying to get to the main hospital emergency department," says Vera. "When I learned about the Ocean Care Center, I thought, 'Wow, this is what we need.'"

The Ocean Care Center is a satellite emergency department in Point Pleasant, located next to the OB Diner at the intersection of Routes 88 and 35. It is equipped to treat minor emergencies, such as broken bones, sprains, cuts requiring stitches, burns, and stomach ailments. Additionally, services for hospital pre-admission testing, X-ray, CT scan and laboratory testing are also available at the Ocean Care Center.

For Tom Jones, the added services are especially convenient. Tom requires blood work to be completed on a monthly basis and does so at the Ocean Care Center. This is much easier than the trips he used to have to make to Princeton for the testing.

"We are fortunate to have emergency care so close by and are thrilled to help contribute to it," says Vera. "It would be great to see more people help support this wonderful resource."

The Ocean Care Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by emergency trained physicians and nurses. Most visits at the Center take less than 80 minutes. Walk-in and ambulance-transported patients are welcome. "We are grateful for this generous gift which helps to maintain a leading-edge environment of care," says David Flood, president of the Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. "This gift will help to ensure that the Ocean Care Center is able to provide the Shore communities with urgent care for years to come."