Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Hosting Signature Social July 22

BE THERE: The Signature Social fundraiser is once again an in-person event after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Bonnet Island Estate is the scenic site of a milestone celebration on July 22. (Photo by Jack Reynolds)

The Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation will host its in-person Signature Social fundraising event on July 22 at the Bonnet Island Estate after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

This year’s long-awaited event will honor SOMC’s history by celebrating 50 years of service to the community, while focusing on the future and supporting a $23 million surgical expansion project currently in the development phase. planning.

“The Southern Ocean Medical Center was founded on philanthropy and hard work from the community,” said Michele Morrison, president and CEO of the hospital. “The medical center has grown exponentially since then from a small community hospital to an award-winning medical center equipped with state-of-the-art technology and performing groundbreaking procedures, through highly skilled and compassionate care. crew.

“As the number of people making Ocean County their full-time residence continues to increase, the services offered at Southern Ocean Medical Center must also increase,” Morrison continued. “One of those key extensions comes in the form of surgical services, and this event is a critical part of helping us secure the funding needed to make this groundbreaking project possible.”

The scope of the project includes renovating the medical center’s current four operating rooms, enabling them to support state-of-the-art procedures. Within these four rooms, two will be expanded, creating the space needed to integrate the latest surgical technologies. In addition, the day surgery and post-anaesthetic care units as well as the sterile processing service will be expanded.

“It is critical that our local hospital be able to continue to provide exceptional surgical services to our community despite the unprecedented community growth,” said James Young, executive director of the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation. “Philanthropy will contribute significantly to the overall project cost of $23 million and, in fact, through the four medical center auxiliaries, has already funded the purchase of the da Vinci Xi Surgical System, an investment of $2 million. which allows the medical center to offer robot-assisted procedures in surgeries such as obesity, hernia, and gallbladder, to name a few.

“We are grateful to everyone who has supported Southern Ocean Medical Center over the past 50 years and to everyone who has partnered with us to prepare for the next 50 years.”

SOMC has been recognized by US News and World Report in 2020-2021 as a high performing hospital in urology, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The medical center received the 2020 NDCR Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Silver Award from the American College of Cardiology, recognizing high standards in heart attack treatment, and earned a Certificate of Distinction for Advanced Certification as as primary stroke center by the Joint Commission.

The annual social signing is chaired by Joe and Lori Rulli and sponsored by SOMC medical staff, among other community members and businesses.

A variety of fine foods, spirits and music will be offered during the event. To enter, go to Give.HackensackMeridianHealth.org/SOMCSocial2022. -MRS

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