Gift of $250,000 Bolsters Expansion Project at Ocean Medical Center

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Gift of $250,000 Bolsters Expansion Project at Ocean Medical Center

Physicians from Seaview Orthopedics Build Momentum, Support for New Emergency Department

Seaview Orthopedics is the first physician practice to contribute to Ocean Medical Center's expansion project with a $250,000 contribution. The donation supports a renewed trend of giving at Ocean Medical Center for the largest expansion project in the hospital's history.

"Ocean Medical Center is an outstanding facility that blends exceptional care with a personal touch," says Arthur Vasen, M.D., PhD, managing partner for Seaview Orthopedics. "My colleagues and I have trained across the country in places like Boston, New York City and Philadelphia. We feel privileged to live and work in this community, and we chose to invest in Ocean Medical Center because we truly believe that people don't have to travel for great health care; it's right in their own backyard."

The gift is one of several which has set new records of donor support for the medical center. Excitement is building around the expansive project and is spurring interest throughout the community.

"The physicians at Seaview Orthopedics made a bold statement with their generous donation," says Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, president of Ocean Medical Center. "Their gift reinforces the collaborative and collegial relationship that exists between the doctors and staff at Ocean. We value the expertise that they bring to the community, and they recognize the importance of investing in our facilities to ensure that the public has access to exceptional care when they need it most."

"I've watched Ocean Medical Center grow by leaps and bounds over the past 17 years," says Dr. Vasen. "In recent years, there's been an influx of doctors and specialists, bringing even more access to primary and specialized care to our community. It's important that the physical plant of the hospital keeps up with health care demands by having the adequate space, technology, and resources to provide a good patient experience."

"Physicians are an integral part of the hospital family, and this generous donation verifies their confidence in Ocean Medical Center," says Michael Oakes, executive director of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation. "The gift from Seaview Orthopedics has stimulated support for this historic project."

"This is our home hospital and it was an easy decision to give back to Ocean Medical Center" says Arthur Mark, M.D., also with Seaview Orthopedics. "Ocean fosters a physician-friendly environment and we have a strong rapport with the operating room team, nurses and therapists. Such a great working relationship translates into great patient care." Earlier this year Dr. Mark was appointed to the Foundation board of trustees, which he expressed as another step to learn more about the inner workings of the hospital and help support a vital community resource.

With this donation, the medical center takes another step closer to matching a $5 million gift that was presented by the Hirar and Anna Hovnanian foundation just over a year ago. Established in the form of a Challenge Gift, the Hovnanian family will match every dollar for dollar raised from the community, up to $5 million, to support the expansion project at Ocean Medical Center.

About Ocean Medical Center
Standing out as a premier medical center along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus, all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The Medical Center has begun a four-level Master Facility Plan that will transform the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in 1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing community and health care landscape.