Ocean Medical Center Officially Opens New Pharmacy with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


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Pharmacy with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    Left to right, Massimo Napolitano, M.D., Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Corporation Board; Jason Kreitner, FACHE, chief hospital executive, Ocean Medical Center; Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market; Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health; Richard Epstein, RPh, MBA, vice president, Network Medication Management; Audra Manekas, Pharm.D, RPh, manager, outpatient pharmacy; Robert Schenk, RPh, director of ambulatory pharmacy services; Lisa Antonacci, Pharm.D, RPh, director of clinical operations; Pam Egnatovich, MSN, RN, CEN, director of patient care services; Vincent Vivona, D.O., JD, FACP, FCLM, CHCQM, chief medical officer; and Marie Foley-Danecker, DPN, RN, CCRN, NE-BC, vice president, chief nursing officer.

Newswise — Network and hospital officials celebrated the opening of the Hackensack Meridian Health pharmacy at Ocean Medical Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The retail pharmacy expanded services to fill prescriptions for team members, patients being discharged, and to provide hard to find medical supplies and high-quality nutritionals for the community. The pharmacy more than doubled its space from the previous location in the hospital, and is now easily accessible with an exterior entrance near the parking lot.  

The new pharmacy expanded its inventory and now offers a one-stop shopping experience for prescription medications, over-the-counter and health care-related products. Items available including wound care dressings, medical equipment (canes, grab bars, reachers, etc.), stockings for vascular patients, cast covers, post-stroke aids (spoons, forks, bowls, etc.), aromatherapy and natural remedies, blood pressure machines, diabetes testing kits, and more.

Ocean Medical Center is one of the first Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals to expand the outpatient pharmacies to create a new standard across the network.  The pharmacy is conveniently located on the campus of Ocean Medical Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

To learn more about the Hackensack Meridian Health pharmacy at Ocean Medical Center, call 732-836-4545.  

 

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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 Trans-cervical Carotid 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 four disease sites:  Jt. Replacement, Stroke, Palliative Care, 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 Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus 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.

 

 

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

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.

 

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