Press Release

For Immediate Release
Mar 4, 2011
Contact : Michael McCauley, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications  
732-751-7535
mmccauley@meridianhealth.com

Meridian Cancer Care Welcomed as 'System Partner’ to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey                                 

 

New Brunswick, NJ - Continuing to build on its collective strength in the areas of oncology research and treatment, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) has announced that Meridian Cancer Care, the comprehensive collection of cancer specialists and services of Meridian Health, has been designated as its "System Partner." CINJ is a Center of Excellence at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the state's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Meridian Health includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital. As a System Partner, each of Meridian's hospitals has a Commission on Cancer accredited cancer program and a very strong commitment to quality cancer care and cancer clinical research. Specialists at Meridian care for more than 4,000 new cancer patients annually throughout central and southern New Jersey.    

"Meridian's affiliation as a System Partner reflects its value to the CINJ Network of affiliated hospitals and its close working relationship with CINJ," said Molly Gabel, M.D., director of the CINJ Network and associate professor of radiation oncology at UMNDJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. "Through its membership in many Network-wide task force groups aimed at improving cancer care throughout New Jersey and by its active membership in CINJ's research network, the CINJ Oncology Group (CINJOG), Meridian Cancer Care demonstrates its strong commitment to the communities of New Jersey."  

"At Meridian, we look beyond a patient's cancer, viewing them as the individual they are," said Marc Lory, president of Meridian Hospitals Corporation and executive vice president of, Meridian Health . "Our dedicated team of experts collaborating on the latest in research, trials, diagnosis, surgery, treatments, and recovery, work together to create effective and highly personalized care for our patients. This new partnership with CINJ provides an even greater foundation to advance our mission, and ensure the best options for care are available close to home.  

At Meridian, cancer specialists use evidence-based research and proven clinical protocols and have developed programs to treat a range of cancers, including:

  • Bone
  • Hematological (Blood)
  • Brain
  • Head & Neck
  • Breast
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma
  • Digestive/Gastrointestinal
  • Lung
  • Genitourinary such as prostate
  • Skin
  • Gynecological
  • Thyroid. 

Meridian is a community of caregivers taking care of the communities in which they live and offering a caring environment with support programs focused on surviving cancer and getting you back to the people who count on you.  

Meridian Cancer Care is no stranger to CINJ, as Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital have been long-time affiliates of the CINJ Network. As the region's only university-level academic hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center has also been a Major Clinical Affiliate, highlighting its commitment to clinical research and bringing cancer discoveries directly to patients.   "By having the addition of Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center under the new System Partner umbrella, the CINJ Network is showing great reach across the state, enabling cancer patients throughout the region to have even greater access to treatment options that may only be available through this expanded affiliation," noted Dr. Gabel.  

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (www.cinj.org) is the state's first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ's physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life.  To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit www.cinjfoundation.org. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.   

The CINJ Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Cancer Care (Bayshore Community Hospital, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, and Southern Ocean Medical Center). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate  

About Meridian Health Meridian Health is 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, and outpatient centers. 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", and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence, including the distinction of being the first health system in the country to receive Magnet designation for nursing. For more information, visit us at www.meridianhealth.com.