Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 2, 2018
Contact : Nancy Radwin, Sr Dir, Public Relations, Communications and Public Relations  
(848) 888-4530

Southern Ocean Medical Center Nurses to Vote on Union Representation


Manahawkin, NJ - Registered nurses at Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center will have the opportunity to vote whether to remove the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) as their bargaining representative. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct the democratic election, and nurses will cast their votes anonymously on November 13 and 14.

At least 30 percent of Southern Ocean Medical Center nurses organized themselves, signed a petition to decertify HPAE and filed the document with the NLRB in September 2018. The union attempted to block the initial petition, but the NLRB dismissed it anyhow based on a legal technicality. The nurses took it upon themselves to collect more signatures and filed a new petition with the NLRB on October 17, 2018.

Meanwhile, Hackensack Meridian Health settled a second labor contract last week with HPAE. The union will conduct informational meetings and a ratification vote for approximately 860 Palisades Medical Center team members on November 2. Team members at The Harborage, a long-term care facility, ratified a new labor contract in September.

Negotiations are ongoing for approximately 1,200 nurses at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and for about 290 nurses at Southern Ocean Medical Center. The hospital will continue to negotiate in good faith with the union while nurses’ effort to remove HPAE continues.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 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, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include 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.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

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.

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