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Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Opens Innovative Medical-Surgical Patient Floor

Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center celebrated the grand opening of its innovative, first-class medical-surgical suite in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with more than 100 community members in attendance, including Hackensack Meridian Health leadership, team members, and elected officials in Brick on Tuesday. The $18.5 million groundbreaking medical-surgical suite utilizes cutting-edge technology and design to provide an exceptional patient experience, putting Ocean Medical Center on the forefront of bringing humanity back to health care.

“This innovative project will truly transform the Ocean Medical Center campus, preparing us to effectively meet the growing needs of our patients in the region,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “Hackensack Meridian Health is leading the way in innovation, and Ocean Medical Center’s investment in a modern medical-surgical suite will elevate the human experience and provide patients with the world-class care they deserve.”

Ocean Medical Center is cultivating a culture focused on providing compassionate, high-quality care in which the patient always comes first. Research shows that when patients are treated with empathy and kindness, it can lead to better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. The new medical-surgical suite utilizes color, movement, art, music, natural light and technology to offer patients a welcoming, nurturing and healing atmosphere that helps maximize the time team members spend with patients. In addition, the new suite is designed to enhance the role family members play in the healing process, recognizing the vital emotional and physical benefit they provide loved ones.

“Over the last five years, Ocean Medical Center’s campus has transformed into the premier health and wellness destination for patients throughout Ocean and Monmouth counties,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health. “At Hackensack Meridian Health, people are at the center of everything we do. Ocean Medical Center’s new, state-of-the-art medical-surgical floor was designed in close collaboration with our health care team members and input from our patients to redefine the way we deliver care and enhance the patient experience.”

The new medical-surgical suite is dedicated to elective surgeries such as hip and joint replacements, bariatric and GI procedures. The unit tripled in size to 36,000-square-feet, featuring:

 Three state-of-the-art “neighborhoods” with 12 patient rooms and curved nurses’ stations that increase line of sight into patient rooms

 36 private patient rooms with modern amenities designed to increase patient and family comfort

 Modern, innovative, curved designs that reduce noise level typical in a hospital setting

 Artwork, colors and designs that reduce stress and promote wellness

“At Ocean Medical Center, we are committed to fostering a culture of compassion that will enable us to provide the best possible care for our patients,” said Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “That is why we invested $18.5 million into creating a world-class, patient-centric medical-surgical suite that integrates innovative designs, optimal workflow and state-of-the-art technology to transform the patient experience. Our new medical-surgical floor furthers our vision to change the face of health care, which began with our expanded emergency care center and continued with the new cancer center, by creating an environment that encourages healing and wellness.”

The new medical-surgical suite, located on the third floor above Ocean Medical Center’s Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center, complements the 2014 expansion of the Emergency Care Center and the construction of the new Cancer Care Center in 2016. Throughout the third floor design process, Ocean Medical Center consulted with team members as well as architects and interior designers from the medical design specialist WHR Architects. With their help, Ocean Medical Center has created an innovative environment that supports wellness and empowers patients to return to their daily lifestyle as quickly as possible.

“Ocean Medical Center worked with nurses, team members, architects and interior designers to create a cutting-edge medical-surgical suite that truly puts the patient at the center of everything we do,” said Ken Souchek, P.T., DPT, Senior Manager of Operations, Rehabilitation Services and Orthopedics, Ocean Medical Center. “This groundbreaking medical-surgical suite improves efficiency, optimizes patient safety and allows our team of experts to focus on what’s most important: providing the highest-quality of care for each individual patient.”

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