Press Release

For Immediate Release
Aug 26, 2015
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager  

Southern Ocean Medical Center Officially Kicks Off Construction for Multi-Million Dollar Cancer Expansion and Renovation Project

The third of six monumental projects is launched by Meridian Health to enhance oncology care and build hope for residents with new facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and expanded medical expertise.  

Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center Cancer GroundbreakingSouthern Ocean Medical Center has officially kicked off construction for its new cancer center, an expansion and renovation project that will elevate cancer services to a new level in Ocean County. The new cancer center is slated to open in the spring of 2016.

The project is part of a $128 million investment by Meridian Health, aimed at bringing a higher level of cancer care close to home with enhanced services in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The massive project builds upon well established and trusted cancer services already offered through Meridian Cancer Care. It will provide patients with better access through six expansion projects that will blend clinical expertise with an optimal patient and family experience.  

"Residents have come to trust our experienced physicians and compassionate support team, particularly in the area of cancer care," says Joseph Coyle, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. "Today marks the next step in the evolution of cancer care here in Manahawkin. Beyond the physical transformation that will take place with new treatment areas, clinical space and technology, the way in which we will enhance patient care is perhaps the most exciting part of the project."

Southern Ocean's expansion will feature a 16,545 square foot addition, as well as physical, visual, and technical upgrades, including: 

- 20 brand new infusion stations in comfortable healing environment;
- TrueBeam™ linear accelerator, most advanced radiation technology available (December 2016);
- Multi-disciplinary oncology suite for evaluation by a team of cancer physicians in one visit;
- Conference and family supportive care resources;
- Expanded Nurse Navigator services to guide patients through every step; and
- Specialty physician consultation offices.

"Truly amazing things are happening at Meridian, and today's celebration marks a series of milestones that will take place over the next three years," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. "Meridian is taking things to the next level and building hope with new cancer specialists, even more advanced technology, and a truly multi-disciplinary approach to care."  

The first of six cancer projects was introduced in March, when Meridian Cancer Care at Jackson Health Village was opened. Riverview Medical Center broke ground for its cancer project in July, and similar expansions and renovations at Bayshore Community Hospital and Ocean Medical Center will begin shortly. The largest component of the project will take place at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, which will round out Meridian's investment and is planned to be complete in 2017.  

"This is an incredible investment in our community, bringing extraordinary oncology care closer to home," says Mark J. Krasna, M.D., Medical Director of Meridian Cancer Care. When you package all these tremendous resources together, patient centered care is what individuals will find at Meridian Cancer Care. It is the cornerstone of our vision and commitment to building hope in New Jersey, and truly sets us apart from others."

To learn more about how Meridian Cancer Care is expanding, visit

About Meridian Health
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, fitness and wellness centers, and outpatient centers. In April, Meridian Health and Raritan Bay Medical Center signed a definitive agreement to merge. In May, Meridian Health and Hackensack University Health Network also signed a definitive agreement to merge. 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" for six consecutive years, and is the recipient of numerous state and national recognitions for patient care and nursing excellence. Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium alongside six of the nation's leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. With more than 100 convenient locations, over 1,800 beds, nearly 13,000 team members, and affiliations with more than 2,000 of the area's finest physicians, Meridian Health is a leading health care provider in New Jersey, providing quality health services, facilities, and programs. For more information, please visit