Brick’s Ocean Medical Center obtains “university” designation

BRICK, NJ – If you grew up in Brick Township in the 1970s and early 1980s, you probably spent time every summer at the Brick Hospital Fair.

Thousands of people were coming out to do carnival rides and play games and spend the afternoon in the area behind Brick Plaza, where Red Robin and Smashburger and Rosalita now sit. The fair was not just a fun afternoon; he was raising money to build a hospital in The Brick.

In 1982 construction began on this hospital and in 1984 the Brick Hospital opened, with 120 beds to treat patients, bringing care close to home for township residents.

The base-built hospital took a milestone on Friday as it was renamed Ocean Medical Center to become Ocean University Medical Center, becoming the first Ocean County hospital with that designation.

“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, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.

“This is very exciting news,” said Brick Township Mayor John G. Ducey. “All of the volunteers who worked so hard years ago to bring The Brick Hospital here should be so proud of this moment. The name change is the result of everyone’s hard work at the hospital and allows now everyone knows the high standards of care that have resulted in a teaching teaching hospital here in The Brick. “

“This is indeed a proud moment in the history of Ocean Medical Center,” said Jason Kreitner, president and CEO of Ocean University Medical Center, which has 2,300 staff. “The 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. “

Medical students have been on clinical rotations at Ocean Medical Center in various medical schools for the past 12 years, officials said, and a physician assistant program has been put in place. Undergraduate nursing education programs at seven local and regional schools are underway.

A graduate medical education residency program began in 2018 and currently has 90 residents in five programs (family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, transition and pharmacy residency programs).

The programs are led by nationally recognized leaders in their fields who are affiliated with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the healthcare system said in announcing the name change.

“Ocean has been at the forefront of providing exceptional, quality patient care featuring the latest technology and this well-deserved name change brings the medical center to an increased level of care for New Jersey residents and the community, ”said Kenneth N. Sable. , the South Market Regional President of Hackensack Meridian Health.

In addition to teaching programs, Ocean University Medical Center has invested in its facilities, including a modern 36-bed private medical surgical floor that incorporates technology and design; a 44,300 square foot emergency department with state-of-the-art technology and a comprehensive cancer center.

Work is also underway on a $ 19.5 million heart and vascular center which is slated to open in fall 2022. It will include two fully-equipped hybrid rooms with three catheterization / vascular laboratories and an operating room. hybrid for cardiac and vascular treatment and diagnosis, hospital officials said.

Ocean University Medical Center was named by US News & World Report in 2021-2022 as a High Performer in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Colon Cancer Surgery, Knee Replacement, Acute Kidney Failure and Injury cerebrovascular vessels, and maintained patient safety at Leapfrog “A” Hospital. grade for three consecutive years. It was also named by Leapfrog as one of the Top Teaching Hospitals in 2019 and received six Gold Joint Commission Seals of Approval.

The medical center won the 2021 Healthgrades Patient Excellence Award and was recognized for outstanding cardiac care by winning the NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology 2021. For the second year Consecutively, the medical center was recognized as one of New Jersey’s top maternity hospitals by Newsweek.

The medical center operates the state’s first satellite emergency care center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital programs in Jackson Health Village.

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