Ocean Medical Center Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from Family Touched by Cancer

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Ocean Medical Center Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift from Family Touched by Cancer

As Ocean Medical Center prepares to kick-off construction on a multi-million dollar cancer center expansion and renovation project, Ocean Medical Center Foundation has received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to support the project.

“Though this is an anonymous gift, it’s our understanding that the donor lost a loved one to cancer and was inspired to give back as part of their healing process,” remarked Joseph Stampe, president of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. “As we learn more about the health and healing benefits of giving, we hope this very special donor inspires others to honor loved ones in such a meaningful way.”

Ocean Medical Center’s cancer center expansion includes a 22,200 square foot renovation on campus, and 6,500 square foot addition off-campus, which will provide a state-of-the-art healing environment for outpatient treatment and services. The expansion is part of a $128 million investment by Meridian Health, aimed at bringing a higher level of cancer care close to home with enhanced services in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The new cancer center at Ocean is slated to open come fall 2016.

“Since opening its doors over 30 years ago, community support has been an important component of our expansion and renovation projects, helping to make Ocean the tremendous resource that it is today,” explains Dean Lin, president of Ocean Medical Center. “The generosity of our donors helps us provide the facilities, technology and services to ensure the highest quality and most compassionate cancer care is available to our community. We cannot express how grateful we are for this donor’s kind decision to support Ocean’s cancer program.”

Ocean Medical Center Foundation, part of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, is in the beginning phase of a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting Meridian Health system-wide. The campaign encapsulates four funding priorities at Meridian including: expanding oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening our clinical research and academic programs. This $1 million gift will contribute greatly to the campaign’s mission.

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 337-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; DaVinci robotic surgery; 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 recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed 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 Rutgers 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.