Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 4, 2012
Contact : Joyce McFadden, Marketing & Public Relations  

Joe Coyle Named Humanitarian of the Year


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean President Joseph P. Coyle has been named Humanitarian of the year by the Jersey Shore Region of the American Cancer Society. He is one of three individuals to be honored for their tremendous impact on the fight against cancer in the community. Joe was recognized for this honor at the American Cancer Society’s Tides of Change Gala held at the Woodlake Country Club on March 23, 2012.

With nearly 30 years experience in health care, Joe has spent the last 20 of those years providing leadership at Southern Ocean. Joe began his career as a CPA, and started at Southern Ocean as Chief Financial Officer in 1991. He made the leap to Hospital President in 1997, and has been the leading force in Southern Ocean’s dramatic growth since that time.  

Joe is well known to his colleagues throughout the state and has shared his professional expertise in many activities and leadership roles in the New Jersey Hospital Association where he served as on the board of Trustees as vice chair as well as treasurer, serving as chair of the Center for Health Affairs, and has been involved in many other NJHA committees. He is also active on the national level, serving as a Delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board. Joe has also had the honor of participating in high-level White House discussions on health reform and has participated in numerous advocacy events and public forums.  

But Joe has made many other contributions to the community beyond health care administration and finance. He has served in various leadership capacities for MONOC, Monmouth- Ocean Hospital Service Corporation, including a three-year term as Chairman.  

He has served on numerous community boards such as the United Way of Ocean County, the Jersey Shore Boy Scouts Council, Stafford Township Business Park Commission, the Stafford Township Education Foundation, the Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton, and the American Heart Association.  

Joe is also an active member of Rotary Club of Southern Ocean, an honorary board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean County, and has served on the Southern Regional High School District Strategic Planning Council.  

Beyond his significant and demanding health care roles and his many civic contributions, Joe takes great pride is his family and their activities. Joe and his wife Pat have three adult children, Caitlin, Brian and Kerry. Together they enjoy time at the shore and they are all devoted fans of the New York Jets.