Section: Monmouth Medical Center News

Commissioner of Health Mary E. O'Dowd Visits Monmouth Medical Center


Long Branch, NJ, March 15, 2013 – Commissioner Mary O'Dowd visited Monmouth Medical Center yesterday with Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Thomas A. Biga, Executive Vice President of Operations for Barnabas Health, along with members of the hospital’s senior leadership team.

During her visit, the Commissioner spoke with attending physicians and medical residents about the scope of programs and services available Monmouth Medical Center. She toured through several areas of the hospital including the Geriatric Emergency Unit in the Emergency Department and the Pediatrics Unit.

Following the brief tour, the Commissioner held a roundtable discussion in the Board Room where she had the opportunity to speak with medical residents from the eight medical residency disciplines offered at Monmouth. Residents represented orthopedic surgery, general surgery, dentistry, Ob/Gyn, internal medicine, diagnostic radiology, pediatrics and pathology. The Commissioner spoke to the residents about their educational experiences and their choice in choosing New Jersey and Monmouth for their residencies.

Medical education has long played a key role at Monmouth Medical Center. In 1945, Monmouth established its first residency program in orthopaedics to meet the needs of physicians returning from World War II trained in treating battlefield trauma. Today Monmouth has 120 resident physicians in eight accredited programs.

“As an accredited diploma-granting institution, Monmouth Medical Center prides itself not just on providing quality health care, but on preparing the physicians of tomorrow,” says Dr. Vozos, who trained in general surgery at Monmouth. “Teaching hospitals are responsible for training new generations of physicians and are the frontrunners in medical research and technology.”
Monmouth Medical Center will receive $4.4 million in Graduate Medical Education funding from the state in 2014, an increase of $1.1 million from the current fiscal year.

Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd speaks to (left) Victor Almeida, MD, Chair of Emergency Medicine; Angela Soldivieri-Freeman, APN; Cristina Bardsley, RN; and Allan Tunkel, MD, PhD, MACP, Chairman of the Department of Medicine, in the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Section of the Emergency Department while on a tour of Monmouth Medical Center yesterday.
Health Commissioner Mary O'Dowd visit
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd tours through Pediatric inpatient unit at Monmouth Medical Center with Renuka Verma, MD, Section Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease and Program Director of Pediatric Residency at Monmouth Medical Center.
Commissioner Mary O'Down visit
Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd (center) visited Monmouth Medical Center yesterday to meet with Barnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center leadership and residents to discuss the hospital’s long-standing and highly respected Graduate Medical Education program.
Commissioner Mary O'Dowd visit
(Left to Right) Thomas A. Biga, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health; Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, Chief Academic Officer; Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President & CEO; Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd; Bill Arnold, Chief Operating Officer; and Eric Burkett, MD, Chief Medical Officer.

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