Ocean Medical Center Expansion Project Continues to Receive Significant Support with another $250,000 Gift

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Ocean Medical Center Expansion Project Continues to Receive Significant Support with another $250,000 Gift

Physicians from Brielle Orthopedics make generous contribution to new Emergency Department

As a massive expansion project makes great progress at Ocean Medical Center, support to build the new Emergency Department continues to garner tremendous community support. The physicians at Brielle Orthopedics have contributed $250,000 to the expansion, which is the largest building project in the hospital's history.

"Our practice has been part of the community for over 40 years, and we are devoted to having exceptional health resources for local residents," says Joseph Bogdan, M.D., who spoke on behalf of the 13 physicians at Brielle Orthopedics who decided to make the group gift. "This new Emergency Department will ensure that our community members receive high quality care and services, with the privacy, comfort and convenience that they deserve."

New levels of donor support have emerged with this project, breaking records for giving not just at Ocean Medical Center, but in Ocean county. This gift is one of several at Ocean that is a quarter million dollars or more, a new trend for the medical center. In April 2012, Ocean Medical Center received a $5 million gift from the Hirar and Anna Hovnanian foundation. Established in the form of a Challenge Gift, the Hovnanian family will match every dollar for dollar raised from the community, up to $5 million, to support the expansion project at Ocean Medical Center.

"Whether it is an adolescent with a sports injury or an adult who has fallen and is dealing with a broken bone, the physicians at Brielle Orthopedics have always been responsive to the emergency needs of our patients," says Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, president of Ocean Medical Center. "Their support of the new Emergency Department demonstrates the mutual vision that we share in providing exceptional care to our community and we are truly grateful for their generous gift."

"We've watched our community grow tremendously over the years and rely more and more on Ocean Medical Center for emergency, general and specialty medical needs," says Dr. Bogdan. "In orthopedics alone, Ocean has grown to perform over 800 joint replacements a year, and has earned national accreditation from the Joint Commission for Total Joint Replacement. This is a distinction that only 5.7% of hospitals nationwide have achieved and verifies the great health services available in our very own community."

Dr. Bogdan adds, "We look forward to the new Emergency Department not only as a better setting for the patients, but as a state-of-the-art facility where doctors and nurses have the resources necessary to deliver optimal care."

Ocean Medical Center currently treats more than 55,000 patients annually in its Emergency Department, which was originally built to accommodate 17,000 visits. The new facility will expand capacity to care for up to 70,000 people annually. Key features of the new Emergency Department include 49 private patient bays, an eight-bay private area for pediatric patients, designated space for express care patients, and a safe and secure private area for behavioral health patients. The entire scope of the project expected to cost $82 million. Construction began in June 2012 and the new facility is expected to open in March 2014.

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 321-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 and Chest Pain Center; a Joint Commission accredited orthopedic program; brain lab and neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; robotic, general, thoracic, bariatric and vascular surgery; comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies including Xofigo; 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 has begun a four-level Master Facility Plan that will transform 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.