Jersey Shore University Medical Center Unveils New Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Unveils New Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

New post-operative care unit combines the latest innovations with compassionate care and comfort

Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently unveiled the new CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) - a twelve-bed critical care unit providing post-operative care for cardiac surgery patients, including those who receive traditional open-heart surgery and newer, complex interventional cardiovascular procedures.

With cardiac surgery outcomes that the Society of Thoracic Surgeons ranks among the top 15% in the nation, Jersey Shore's new CVICU delivers the most advanced care available for cardiovascular patients requiring intensive monitoring, with an emphasis on patient comfort and convenience.

The spacious 13,830 square-foot CVICU unit provides a patient-focused experience in an environmentally friendly setting that has earned Jersey Shore "Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold" (LEED) designation.

The CVICU is centrally located within the hospital for convenient access to both the operating room and the post-critical unit. CVICU patients benefit from the latest wireless technologies, allowing for increased mobility, while caregivers can closely monitor their condition. Patients rest in comfortable pressure-reducing mattresses. Each private room is equipped with a spacious family seating area and offers soothing color palettes for a truly healing experience. Additionally, the dedicated CVICU lounge area is a welcoming and comfortable respite for families and guests.

In addition to providing post-operative care for traditional open-heart surgeries, the CVICU was designed to address all the needs of patients undergoing new, minimally invasive technologies that continue to revolutionize cardiac care, including Transcatheter Aortic Valve (TAVR) - a procedure for heart failure patients with limited alternatives - and Impella - a heart pump that provides immediate circulatory support for critical patients.

"This is an exciting time for the Meridian CardioVascular Network and Jersey Shore," notes Richard Neibart, M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery at Jersey Shore. "Our continued outstanding survival rates are a reflection of the first-rate expertise, professionalism, and collaboration of the entire team at Jersey Shore and throughout the Meridian CardioVascular Network. With the new CVICU, we continue to set our goals higher, ensuring that our patients and the community have access to the very best heart care, right here at Jersey Shore."

Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of Jersey Shore, remarks, "The new CVICU signifies Jersey Shore's ongoing commitment to delivering the best cardiac care, close to home. The CVICU provides the latest patient care innovations in an environment that emphasizes comfort and compassion."

About Meridian CardioVascular Network:

Meridian CardioVascular Network offers the most complete, coordinated care from prevention and wellness programs to the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease to rehabilitation and recovery. Jersey Shore, the system's largest hospital and home of the state's highest volume catheterization lab, is a regional cardiac surgery center providing surgical back-up for Meridian as well as non-Meridian hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Ocean Medical Center is one of the state's largest providers of emergency coronary angioplasty for patients suffering from heart attacks. Interventional cardiologists at Southern Ocean Medical Center also have the benefit of direct access to Jersey Shore through Meridian's digital imaging system, allowing instantaneous imaging of catheterization films to provide prompt and appropriate care for patients. The rare cases where emergent transfer is necessary have demonstrated excellent and seamless results. Additionally, Riverview Medical Center is a key provider of emergency and elective angioplasties, and Bayshore Community Hospital offers a full service catheterization lab.

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center:

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit teaching hospital and home to K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and stroke rescue center in the region. Through the hospital's clinical research program, and its affiliation with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Jersey Shore serves as an academic center dedicated to advancing medical knowledge, training future physicians and providing the community with access to promising medical breakthroughs. For more information about Jersey Shore University Medical Center call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit