Ocean Medical Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Cancer Care Center

Contact:Anne Green, Hackensack Meridian Health

Ocean Medical Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Cancer Care Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center commemorated the One Year Anniversary of its state-of-the-art, first-class cancer care center hosting a Give Thanks for the Gift of Life celebration with cancer survivors in Brick yesterday, highlighting their stories of triumph and survival. The celebration reaffirmed Ocean Medical Center’s commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered care.

“We are so honored and privileged to pay tribute to cancer survivors as we commemorate the One Year Anniversary of Ocean Medical Center’s state-of-the-art, comprehensive cancer center,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “The Cancer Care Center at Ocean Medical Center is part of our groundbreaking partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering. Together, we are transforming cancer care for communities across Ocean and Monmouth counties, the state of New Jersey and beyond - delivering an exceptional and innovative standard of care for patients.”

Give Thanks for the Gift of Life celebration brought together cancer center team members, physicians and donors to honor cancer survivors. Cancer survivors shared personal stories about their cancer journey, underscoring that every day is truly a gift and we must give thanks for the gift of life. During the event, cancer survivors were given a rock to write motivational words to be passed on to new cancer patients, inspiring courage and strength when they undergo treatment.

Give Thanks for the Gift of Life celebration is a moving tribute to the patients and families we serve, deepening our commitment to bring humanity back to health care,” said Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “At Ocean Medical Center we are redefining cancer care, cultivating a culture focused on providing compassionate, high-quality care that always puts the patient first. The Cancer Care Center is meeting the needs of our communities, creating an environment that encourages healing and wellness.”

The comprehensive cancer center offers the latest physical, visual and technical upgrades, allowing patients to experience services and treatments in a state-of-the-art, tranquil environment designed with its patients’ needs in mind.  The cancer center provides:

  • Timely access to exceptional cancer specialists who are leading the way with innovative treatments.
  • Excellent standard of care with evidence-based protocols and outcomes.
  • A wide range of treatments including infusion, radiation therapy, access to minimally-invasive surgery, and more.
  • The most advanced radiation treatment options that use superior accuracy with both a curative and patient-centered goal in mind.

The cancer center strengthens Ocean Medical Center’s focus on bringing humanity back to health care – seeing the person through the eyes of cancer survivors, families and care givers. At the cancer center survivorship is a term used from the first moment someone is diagnosed with cancer, explained Dean Lin. “We are extremely focused on supporting our patients and getting them back to the life they love,” he added. “Patients come to know and rely on our team of experts to provide the guidance, treatment, and support necessary in their personal journey.”

“The new, innovative cancer center brings world-class cancer care for patients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties, truly building hope for the residents across our communities,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “Over the past five years, Ocean Medical Center continues to transform into a premier health and wellness destination, putting people at the center of everything we do, redefining the way we deliver care and enhancing the overall patient experience.”

For the second year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked Ocean Medical Center the 8th best hospital in New Jersey and 17th in the New York metropolitan area.  In addition to Ocean Medical Center's Best Hospital ranking, Ocean Medical Center has been granted the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditation with commendation for its cancer program, an achievement earned by less than one third of all cancer programs across the country. This endorsement verifies the exceptional level of expertise and quality care that is delivered to each and every patient.


Ocean Medical Center, serving southern Monmouth and Ocean counties, is ranked #8 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report for two consecutive years. The medical center also features a satellite Emergency Care Center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital-based programs at Jackson Health Village.

In addition to its high ranking in U.S News and World Report, Ocean Medical Center has achieved a host of certifications and awards: advanced levels of certification with The Joint Commission for joint replacement, palliative care and stroke (Primary Stroke Center that offers a state-of-the art brain lab and neurological surgery); a designated center of excellence by the American College of Radiology; Magnet award winning nurses;  2017 Get with the Guidelines continuous quality improvement awards including:  Heart Failure Gold Plus Award, Stroke Gold Plus and Stroke Honor Roll Elite Awards and Action Registry Platinum Award; Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for  one of the highest levels of team member engagement in the nation; and an “A” grade from the LeapFrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score initiative.


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 140 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.

For additional information, please visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org.