Tranquility, privacy, efficiency surround patient experience at Ocean Medical Center.

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 11:41 a.m.



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Ocean Medical Center Opens New Emergency Department that Understands

Patients Better

BRICK, N.J., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ocean Medical

Center in Brick, NJ, has opened the new Hirair and Anna Hovnanian

Emergency Care Center, which introduces a patient experience unlike

any other in the region. The ribbon cutting to mark completion of the

stunning new emergency department was held on Tuesday, and officially

began treating patients today.

"We knew this was a rare opportunity to change the face of emergency

care," says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "It

was more than making a physical transformation. It was about creating

an environment of tranquility and comfort when people are at their

highest stress levels, and providing a setting that calms you every

step of the way."

The medical center embarked on the ambitious project in June 2012 as

part of an $82 million Master Facility Plan that is designed to meet

the changing needs of the community. An emergency department unlike

any other was at the heart of this initiative.

With a footprint triple the size of the existing space, the thoughtful

design of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center provides

patients and their families the best care in a beautiful, comfortable,

healing environment. From the moment patients walk in the door, they

are immediately guided to the appropriate treatment area. Privacy and

comfort can be found in 49 rooms, some of which are dedicated to the

unique needs of those with minor injuries, pediatric and behavioral

health needs. Registration takes place at the bedside while care

begins immediately. Improved processes, dedicated technology and

skilled caregivers result in expedient care that gets patients back to

the comfort of their own home.

"It's about time for an emergency department that understands patients

better," says Lin. "We've taken into consideration the needs and wants

of our patients, such as being seen immediately, having private rooms,

and comfortable amenities for family and friends." The hospital has

done away with crowded waiting areas; patients are escorted to a room

right away. Family members will find comfortable lounges, serene

gardens, guided imagery and fine art to reduce stress and anxiety.

"Tremendous community support has helped create this incredible

healing environment," says John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian

Health. "We received a gift of $5 million at the onset of the project

from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation. This matching grant

inspired others throughout the community and resulted in an

unprecedented level of philanthropy for Ocean Medical Center. We are

incredibly grateful to Edele Hovnanian and her family, as well as all

donors, for embracing our future and helping to transform the patient

experience at Ocean Medical Center." To date, over $10 million has

been raised for the new emergency department.

About Ocean Medical Center Standing out as a premier medical center

along the Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center is home to exceptional

talent, state-of-the-art technologies, and a growing medical campus,

all surrounded by a community that offers quality of life for

individuals and families of all ages. Ocean is a 321-bed non-profit

community hospital located in Brick, New Jersey that provides health

care programs and services in all major medical disciplines. Some key

services include designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab and

neurological surgery; DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology;

daVinci robotic surgery, general, thoracic, and vascular surgery;

comprehensive cancer care and radiation therapy technologies; a Joint

Commission accredited orthopedic program; one of the nation's most

advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services;

maternity, Acute Care of the Elderly, and critical care services. The

Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses who work in

collaboration with the medical staff, and is a System Partner, along

with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute

of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first

Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care

Center. The Medical Center has grown tremendously since opening in

1984 and is well positioned to evolve and respond to the changing

community and health care landscape. Visit OceanMedicalCenter.com or

1-800-DOCTORS for more information.

CONTACT: Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager

dsellmann@meridianhealth.com, T: 732-840-4279, F: 732-836-4432

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