Range of Insurances Now Accepted at Jersey Coast Vascular Institute
Improving access to care is an important focus at Meridian Health, and a new partnership with Jersey Coast Vascular Institute is making high quality vascular services more readily available for local residents. In particular, the surgical practice is expanding the insurance coverage accepted by their physicians.
“We’re excited about this new relationship,” says vascular surgeon Frank Sharp, M.D. “Our group gets to maintain our autonomy as an independent practice, while partnering with Meridian to accept a broad range of insurance providers, which allows us to provide more care to our community members.”
Vascular diseases are conditions that affect both arteries and veins. As the heart beats, it pumps blood through the body. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, and veins return blood to it. Most often, vascular disease affects blood flow, either by blocking or weakening blood vessels. Risk factors for vascular disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history, and tobacco use. Treatment options can range from lifestyle changes and medication, to minimally invasive endovascular procedures and surgical procedures.
Jersey Coast Vascular Institute is the largest vascular group in the region, comprised of five highly trained and experienced vascular surgeons: Rainier Aquino, M.D., Scott Cluley, M.D., Sung Kwon, M.D., Vincent Milazzo, M.D., and Frank Sharp, M.D. They are dedicated to treating a wide range of vascular diseases, including aortic aneurysms, peripheral artery disease (PAD), carotid artery disease, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and varicose veins. Additionally, they treat chronic wounds at Ocean Medical Center’s Center for Wound Healing and provide comprehensive care for hemodialysis patients, including all forms of vascular access.
Jersey Coast Vascular Institute now accepts insurance payors that mirror those accepted by Meridian Health. Payors include Aetna, Cigna, Horizon NJ Health, Qualcare and many others. To learn more or make an appointment, call 732-202-1500.
“This will provide us the ability to better serve the public,” says Ocean Medical Center president, Dean Lin. “We already have high quality, regionally renowned vascular specialists right here at Ocean. By accepting a range of insurances, we will be able to better serve local residents and take vascular services to the next level through Meridian Cardiovascular Network.”
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 315-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 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.