Newswise — Brick, NJ - In 2011, Ocean Medical Center Foundation launched the Growing Together Capital Campaign dedicated to rebuilding and expanding the hospital’s busy emergency department. The campaign officially concluded in December 2014, proudly surpassing fundraising goals and bringing in a total of $10.5 million. This marks the largest campaign in the medical center’s history.

The new Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center has tripled Ocean Medical Center’s emergency services capacity and features express care, enhanced private bays, state of the art equipment, large family lounge areas, complimentary valet parking, natural lighting and a peaceful garden area. The stunning new facility provides a patient experience unlike any other in the region.

Edele Hovnanian, vice president and director of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Inc., inspired giving through the campaign’s onset challenge gift of $5 million. “My father started his business in Brick. I was born in this community,” shares Edele. “We are so thankful to be able to give back and help change the face of emergency care at Ocean Medical Center.”

The grand opening was held on March 3, 2014, but fundraising efforts continued throughout the year. Close to $500,000 additional funds were received in the remaining months of the campaign. In its first year, the new emergency department has seen a 10% increase in patient volume.

“Support from the local community was a vital part of creating this environment of tranquility and comfort for people at their highest stress levels,” says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. “We’ve already seen an increase in patients using the new Emergency Department and are truly grateful to all those donors who helped to make this amazing resource available to our community.”

“Contributing to this campaign was a huge opportunity to positively impact the community we share,” says Harriet Donnelly, foundation trustee and administrator of the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation, which generously donated $1 million to the campaign in support of the Pediatric Care Center. “I feel honored to be a part of the remarkable transformation that touches so many of us each day.”

As the Growing Together Campaign comes to a close, Ocean Medical Center looks ahead for future growth opportunities. Throughout 2015 and beyond, the Foundation will continue to raise funds for important service lines such as oncology, with over $20 million to be invested in the latest cancer care technology, and greatly expanding the infusion and patient navigation services. Enhanced surgical capabilities and first-rate patient accommodations will also feature prominently in the coming years. To learn more about gifting opportunities, contact executive director Matthew D. Lang at 732-751-5116 or [email protected].

About Ocean Medical CenterStanding 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 recently completed a four-level expansion that has transformed the campus through an $82 million project that sets a foundation for future decades of growth. The main component of the project is a new 44,300 sq. ft. Emergency Department. 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, called 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.