Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 22, 2016
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager  

Patient Centric Care is Paramount at the New Cancer Care Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center has officially opened its new cancer care center, enhancing cancer services for the residents of Manahawkin and the surrounding community.

Southern Ocean Medical Center spent the past year expanding its multidisciplinary cancer program and technological capabilities with a 16,545 square foot renovation on the hospital campus. It includes a combination of visual and technical upgrades in order to meet the clinical and emotional needs of patients. Key features include expanding to 20 infusion stations (for chemotherapy treatment), expanded nurse navigator services to guide patients through their journey, specialty physician consultation offices, conference and family supportive care resources, and a multidisciplinary oncology suite.

As a final component of this project, the medical center will install a TrueBeam™ linear accelerator, which is the most advanced technology available in the state of NJ. By the beginning of 2017, this top-of-the-line linear accelerator will be treating patients in Manahawkin. Through fundraising efforts, the auxiliaries of Southern Ocean Medical Center have committed $2.5 million to fund this remarkable technology.

“This is the next evolution of incredible services now available at our medical center,” says Joseph Coyle, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Growth in facilities, medical and surgical expertise, programs, and technologies have made us the health care provider of choice for our community members. Combined with a dedicated and talented team of caregivers, we offer unprecedented diagnosis, treatment, and support services right here in Manahawkin.”

The multidisciplinary approach to cancer care offered at Southern Ocean puts patients at the center. Now, patients will schedule one appointment in which their cancer care doctors will be present. This approach reduces the amount of travel and scheduling required by the patient and enables the physicians to better work together to create the most effective treatment plan possible.

“Being diagnosed with cancer is stressful enough,” said Mark J. Krasna, M.D., medical director of Meridian Cancer Care, part of Hackensack Meridian Health. “By opening this new facility, we are enhancing services and bringing extraordinary oncology care closer to home. Patient-centered care is Meridian Cancer Care’s promise to individuals and it is how we are building hope in New Jersey.”

The opening of the cancer care center is the third of six projects to reach completion as part of a $128 million investment to expand cancer care services in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Long dedicated to providing high level cancer care close to home, the new expansion projects are enhancing Hackensack Meridian Health’s services through physical, visual, and technical upgrades designed to blend clinical expertise with an optimal patient and family experience.

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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, HackensackUMC Palisades 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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