Riverview Medical Center Breaks Ground for Multi-Million Dollar Cancer Expansion and Renovation Project

Contact:Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager

Riverview Medical Center Breaks Ground for Multi-Million Dollar Cancer Expansion and Renovation Project

The second of six monumental projects is launched by Meridian Health to enhance oncology care and build hope for residents with new facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and expanded medical expertise.

Riverview Medical Center has officially broken ground for its new cancer center, an expansion and renovation project that will elevate cancer services to a new level in Monmouth county. The new cancer center is slated to open this fall.

The project 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 massive project builds upon well established and trusted cancer services already offered through Meridian Cancer Care. It will provide patients with better access through six expansion projects that will blend clinical expertise with an optimal patient and family experience.

“Our community has come to know and rely on the exceptional cancer services here at Riverview,” says Timothy Hogan, FACHE, regional hospital president for Monmouth county. “While the project will revolve around changes to the bricks and mortar and programmatic developments, what I’m most excited about is what it means to patient care. This project will set the tone for the way we deliver cancer care, providing access to even more expertise, enhanced resources and an optimal patient experience.”

Riverview’s expansion will feature a 29,000 square foot addition, as well as physical, visual, and technical upgrades, including:

  • Floor to ceiling windows in each of 20 infusion bays that will provide patients with a tranquil view of the Navesink River
  • Two TrueBeam™ linear accelerators, the most advanced technology available in radiation therapy
  • New specialists joining an already established and expert team, to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to care
  • Expanded access to Meridian Cancer Care nurse navigators, to guide patients every step of the way.

Additionally, Riverview’s inpatient unit will undergo a transformation, creating private patient rooms with individual bathrooms and showers, a new respite suite and family conference area, a physician work room, and enhanced nurses work stations. Cancer services currently provided at Riverview will continue throughout the duration of the project.

“Extraordinary things are happening at Meridian, and today’s celebration marks a series of milestones that will be taking place over the next three years,” says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “Meridian is taking things to the next level and building hope with new cancer specialists, even more advanced technology, and a truly multi-disciplinary approach to care.”

The first of six cancer projects was introduced in March, when Meridian Cancer Care at Jackson Health Village was opened. Riverview’s project is the first in Monmouth county. Similar expansions and renovations at Bayshore Community Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center will round out Meridian’s investment, which are planned to be complete in 2017.

“This is an incredible investment in our community, bringing extraordinary oncology care closer to home,” says Mark J. Krasna, M.D., Medical Director of Meridian Cancer Care. When you package all these tremendous resources together, patient centered care is what individuals will find at Meridian Cancer Care. It is the cornerstone of our vision and commitment to building hope in New Jersey, and truly sets us apart from others.”

To view a virtual tour and renderings of the new cancer center at Riverview Medical Center, or to learn more about how Meridian Cancer Care is expanding, visit www.MeridianBuildingHOPE.com.

About Meridian Health

A leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, comprising Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, and Meridian Partner Companies that include home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, ambulatory care, ambulance services, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge.  In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement to merge.  Meridian Health has consistently been rated among the top performing health systems in New Jersey for clinical quality, is one of the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation’s leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.  With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area’s finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs.  For more information, please visit www.MeridianHealth.com.