Riverview Medical Center Opens New Cancer Care Center Designed to Put the Patient at the Center of Care

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Riverview Medical Center Opens New Cancer Care Center Designed to Put the Patient at the Center of Care

Riverview Medical Center, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family, is proud to celebrate the grand opening of its new cancer care center for the residents of Red Bank and the surrounding communities.

Construction for the 29,000 square foot expansion project began in July 2015 and includes a combination of advanced technological capabilities, a multidisciplinary cancer program, physician offices, and enhanced infusion services in a tranquil and uplifting environment, all designed with the patients’ needs in mind. Included in the project are two TrueBeam™ linear accelerators, the most advanced technology available in the state of New Jersey, 20 infusion bays, physician practices, private inpatient rooms, and a multidisciplinary approach to care.

A new concept in cancer care, a multidisciplinary approach to care enables patients to make one appointment and meet with all of their physicians and support systems, including oncologists, surgeons, nurse navigators who help guide them through the treatment process, and any other key individual involved in their care. This allows patients to make only one appointment, at one location, where a treatment plan will be created.

“The multidisciplinary approach to cancer care truly puts the patient at the center,” says Tim Hogan, FACHE, president of Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Community Hospital. “It reduces the amount of time patients must wait between appointments, eliminates travel, and ensures that all of the patient’s physicians are aligned with the treatment plan. It’s about making it as easy as possible for them during a stressful time.”

Riverview has long offered advanced cancer treatment options for area residents, including the installation of CyberKnife more than 10 years ago. However, the new facility will allow the hospital to expand services for area residents as cancer diagnoses continue to increase.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that certain cancers are on the rise throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties,” says Mark J. Krasna, M.D., medical director of Meridian Cancer Care. “Expanding services means that we are able to treat more patients using the best technology and innovations available. But more than just treating the patient clinically, we want to treat the patient as a whole and ensure that we are meeting the emotional needs that accompany a cancer diagnosis. A space such as Riverview’s new cancer care center will do all of that and truly help to build hope within the community.”

The opening of Riverview’s new cancer care center is the fourth of six projects to reach completion as part of a $128 million investment to expand cancer services in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Like at Riverview, the other expansion projects are both high-tech in upgrades to meet the high-touch clinical expertise offered across the network, creating an optimal patient and family experience.

To learn more about the expansion of Meridian Cancer Care, please visit www.MeridianBuildingHopeNow.com.

About Hackensack Meridian Health
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.  Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.”  Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers - HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals -  Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.

To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.