Newswise — Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Foundation raised a record $165,000 net during its 27th Annual Golf Classic on June 12 at Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle. Led by Robert Harms, event co-chair and Foundation board chair, and Jason Nitche, M.D., event co-chair and orthopedic surgeon, this year’s Golf Classic welcomed a sold out crowd of 144 golfers to compete in the tournament and raise money for programs and services at Ocean Medical Center.

“Tremendous change is taking place at Ocean Medical Center,” explains Harms and Nitche. “It began with the opening of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center, and it continues with the recent opening of the beautiful new cancer care center, and upcoming opening of the new medical surgical patient floor. These renovations are truly state-of-the-art and will continue to evolve with philanthropic support from the community.”

“We are extremely grateful for everyone who participated in this year’s Golf Classic,” shares Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president. “Together, we can continue orchestrating excellence in care for each person who walks through our doors.” 

During the reception, a grateful patient and supporter of Ocean Medical Center, John Walsh, gave a heartfelt testimony to the life-saving treatment he received at Ocean Medical Center, recognizing his physician, Hormoz Kianfar, M.D., and making the event especially meaningful.

The Golf Classic committee is grateful for the generous support of leadership sponsors this year, which include the Event Sponsor, George Harms Construction Company, and Dinner Sponsors, Ocean Medical Center Medical-Dental Staff and Ralph Clayton & Sons.

For additional information about Ocean Medical Center Foundation or to make a donation, please visit or contact Executive Director Matthew Lang, CFRE, at 732-751-5116 or by e-mail at [email protected].

About Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center

Ocean Medical Center, serving southern Monmouth and Ocean counties, is ranked #8 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report.  The medical center also features a satellite Emergency Care Center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital-based programs at Jackson Health Village.

In addition to its high ranking in U.S News and World Report, Ocean Medical Center has achieved a host of certifications and awards: advanced levels of certification with The Joint Commission for joint replacement, palliative care and stroke (Primary Stroke Center that offers a state-of-the art brain lab and neurological surgery); a designated center of excellence by the American College of Radiology; Magnet award winning nurses; 2017 Get with the Guidelines continuous quality improvement awards including: Heart Failure Gold Plus Award, Stroke Gold Plus and Stroke Honor Roll Elite Awards and Action Registry Platinum Award; Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award for the one of the highest levels of team member engagement in the nation; and an “A” grade from the LeapFrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score initiative.

The medical center has made significant investments in programs and services.  In 2014, Ocean Medical Center opened an $82M state-of-the-art Emergency Care Center that provides the highest level of care and comfort in a tranquil setting.  In 2016, a new comprehensive Cancer Center that provides the latest radiation therapy technologies was revealed. Future developments include a one of the most innovative medical surgical floors of its kind nationally that is uniquely designed to bring humanity back to health care.  Other key services include:  DaT Scan and advanced imaging technology; DaVinci robotic surgery; general, thoracic, and vascular surgery; one of the region’s most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; maternity, acute care of the elderly and critical care services. 


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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