Newswise — November 26, 2019― Brick, NJ ― Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center revealed its plans last Thursday to begin construction on the new Heart and Vascular Center.  The $19.5 million investment will encompass 17,750 square feet above the Emergency Department and will combine heart and vascular services on one floor to address the growing number of procedures performed at the medical center and provide convenience for patients.

“Hackensack Meridian Health is ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation and transforming health care,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Today, Ocean Medical Center is pushing the boundaries of medicine to create real change in patients’ lives by creating a cutting-edge cardiovascular suite to provide exceptional care and a great patient experience.’’

 “The Heart and Vascular Center is a game-changer for heart and vascular services at Ocean Medical Center,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market.  “Having the ability to have both diagnostic and surgical functions in one space, clinicians can diagnose cardiac and vascular conditions and offer immediate surgical treatment without delay which will provide higher efficiency and improve patient outcomes.”

The new Heart and Vascular Center will provide three multi-purpose catheterization/vascular labs and hybrid OR that allow for diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular conditions in an advanced environment that fosters collaborative treatment planning and options for optimal patient outcomes. Two labs will be fully equipped hybrid rooms plus, a shell space for a third lab will allow for growth, and ten dedicated prep and recovery rooms complete the space.

 “Over the past several years, Ocean Medical Center has been transforming the way we deliver high-quality care to our patients, families and communities we serve by putting the patient at the center of everything we do,” said Jason Kreitner, FACHE, chief hospital executive, Ocean Medical Center. “With cardiovascular procedures increasing 28 percent over the past three years, our cardiac catheterization team and partner Jersey Coast Vascular Institute, the new Heart & Vascular Center will provide advanced expertise for diagnosis of cardiac and vascular conditions and offer immediate minimally invasive or complex surgical procedures if necessary, to meet the volume of patients.”    

 Construction of the new Heart and Vascular Center will begin in December 2019 and completion is expected in June 2021.   

 To learn more about how you can support the Heart and Vascular Center at Ocean Medical Center, please contact Matt Lang, executive director, Ocean Medical Center Foundation at [email protected]


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 ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH OCEAN MEDICAL CENTER Located in Brick, NJ, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center has been ranked No.11 hospital in New Jersey and has also been recognized as a High Performing hospital in U.S. News & World Report 2018-19 for heart failure and colon cancer surgery.

 Serving Ocean and southern Monmouth counties, Ocean Medical Center is an advanced care hospital that offers the convenience and easy access of a community hospital with high technology advances and expertise of a major medical center featuring expert care coordinated by a team of top specialists in emergency, cardio vascular, women’s health, cancer and orthopedic services. Delivering on this promise, Ocean Medical Center is home to an innovative medical-surgical floor equipped with 36 private patient beds that integrates technology and design to transform the patient experience and empower patients to return to their lives as soon as possible.  This forward thinking renovation project completed the $82 million expansion including the 44,300 square foot state-of-the-art Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center and a new comprehensive Cancer Center. Ocean Medical Center officially became a premier community-based teaching hospital with the launch of its inaugural class of family medicine and psychiatry residents in 2018 and, further medical education developments included the addition of an internal medicine residency program in 2019. 

 The medical center provides the only 24/7 obstetrical hospitalist coverage and a dedicated obstetrical emergency department in the community to enhance the continuity of care for women and their infants. Certified by the Joint Commission as an accredited orthopedic program, Ocean Medical Center is a designation for orthopedic joint replacements where more than 1,000 joint replacements are done annually. The Vascular Program is among the first in Ocean County to offer TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) for patients with carotid artery disease. Other key services include: designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab neurological surgery, DaTscan and advanced imaging technology; da Vinci®  robotic surgery; general thoracic and vascular surgery; one of the nation’s most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; acute care of the elderly; and critical care services.  Certified by The Joint Commission, Ocean has received The Joint Commission Seal of Approval for five disease sites:  Jt. Replacement, Stroke, Palliative Care, Sepsis and Colorectal cancer.

 The medical center has achieved Magnet® recognition, one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care. In spring 2019, Ocean Medical Center was once again awarded an ‘A’ rating in the Leapfrog Safety Grade and received the 2019 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for superior safety performance. Ocean Medical Center received the highest score in the hospital network for team member engagement in the Great Places To Work® survey and has been honored for Environmental Excellence by Greenhealth for its ongoing commitment to improving environment performance.

 Additional certifications and awards include: the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association 2019 Get with the Guidelines® -Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Plus and Heart Failure Gold Plus continuous quality achievement awards and has received the 2018 ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.  

The medical center also operates the state’s first satellite Emergency Care Center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital-based programs at Jackson Health Village.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 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 four hospitals among the top in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

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.