Ocean Medical Center adds “University” to its name


The new hospital name now appears on the front panel. (Photo courtesy of Hackensack Meridian Health)

BRICK – Longtime locals might still call it “Brick Hospital,” although it was Ocean Medical Center for a while. Now it will be known as Ocean University Medical Center.

The change went into effect on October 1 and with the new name comes a new logo. Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital President and CEO Jason Kreitner said Jersey Shore Online.com “It is indeed a proud moment in the history of Ocean Medical Center which has undergone several name changes over the years.”

Kreitner explained the process of becoming a teaching hospital. “It really started six or seven years ago and Ocean was looking at what was going on across the country and really getting involved with academics. Ocean Medical Center has grown considerably over the past decade. We thought the time was right and we were perfect to embark on a college education with our medical students, residents and examine the needs of our patients.

He added, “We ended up taking this journey and applying for programs to get the best medical students and it was really phenomenal. We are in our fourth year of training our own residents through the Ocean Medical Center Academic Program.

Residents are physicians who graduated from a medical school with training in various types of medicine and now focus more on specialist knowledge and experience in specific disciplines.

Kreitner said the move made the hospital an “educational organization.” As for the areas in which the residents will specialize, he added that the decision was based on a community needs assessment.

“Among those needs, there was a greater emphasis on mental health. “The world is facing the challenges of psychiatry for mental health and we have 28 psychiatry residents who will rotate with our crisis unit and across the network. It’s really based on need, ”Kreitner added.

“We have 90 residents to date in five programs which are family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and we have what is called a transition year, which is when a medical student is born. am not sure of his specialization. It is a unique program and we have 12 students who will rotate their time and spend time in the operating room (operating room), radiology and other areas so that they can get this idea of ​​a year of what they want to specialize in, ”Kreitner added.

All residency programs are led by nationally recognized leaders in their fields who are affiliated with Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, New Jersey’s only private medical school.

“The new name represents our dedicated efforts and commitment to quality and patient safety, combined with a vision for developing medical education programs that expose future physicians, nurses and clinicians to the latest innovations in medicine,” a- he declared.

Recent investments in facilities include a 36-bed medico-surgical surgical floor, a 44,300 square foot emergency department and a full cancer center.

With the completion of the $ 19.5 million Heart and Vascular Center, Ocean University Medical Center will become one of the nation’s most advanced interventional and vascular catheterization laboratories for cardiac and vascular diagnosis and treatment. .

Dr Kenneth N. Sable, regional president of the South Market of Hackensack Meridian Health, said the announcement “recognizes the exceptional growth of Ocean Medical Center as an advanced care hospital which has become a teaching hospital in itself. building on its medical capabilities, nursing training programs and clinics.

“We are very proud to honor the important contributions Ocean Medical Center makes in New Jersey to provide high quality, compassionate care and educate the next generation of physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals who will to advance the delivery of care to our communities, ”said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

He added, “Ocean Medical Center has a long standing reputation for providing high performance care, with excellent quality indicators for patients, and continues to expand its educational programs in clinical and professional specialties.”


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