Press Release

For Immediate Release
Aug 16, 2016
Contact : Marisa Tranchina, Public Relations Specialist  

Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Hosts Successful Second Annual 'Signature Social'


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation’s Second Annual Signature Social fundraising event took place on Friday, July 22 at Bonnet Island Estate on Long Beach Island. The event was attended by more than 225 people and raised more than $100,000 in support of programs and services at Southern Ocean Medical Center.

This year’s event provided guests with the opportunity to learn more about the exciting plans taking place at Southern Ocean Medical Center, including the hospital’s 16,000 square foot cancer care center expansion and renovation that is scheduled to be completed in September.

“The Signature Social offers a chance for us to connect with the community and partner on providing optimal care for all patients,” said Joseph P. Coyle, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Thanks to this year’s event chairs, Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., Kimberly Hogan, M.D, Thomas Yu, M.D. and Jane Yu, it was an incredible event attended by so many generous individuals who are dedicated to supporting their local hospital.”

To learn more about Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation or to make a donation, visit or contact James Young, executive director, at or 609.978.3040.

The reception was generously supported by several sponsors, including leadership sponsors, Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Medical Staff and Southern Ocean Center Genesis HealthCare.

About Hackensack Meridian Health
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 120 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, Palisades Medical Center 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.

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