Lakewood, NJ – On May 1st, Kimball Medical Center held a 100th anniversary celebration on the grounds of the medical center. Kimball Medical Center and Barnabas Health administrators, local dignitaries, physicians, volunteers, employees and members of the community gathered to commemorate the hospital’s rich history. Originally named Paul Kimball Hospital, the 16-bed, 9-physican hospital opened on May 1st in 1913 to much excitement and fanfare.
|Barry Ostrowsky (right center), President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health, and Lakewood Township Mayor Albert Akerman hold a proclamation presented to Kimball Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, by the Township of Lakewood in recognition of the hospital’s Centennial Anniversary. Also photographed are Michael Mimoso (left), FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kimball Medical Center and Raymond F. Shea Jr., Chairman of the Kimball Medical Center Board of Trustees.
During the Centennial Celebration, the guests were entertained by the Lakewood High School band and singing groups from local senior communities, Fairways and Renaissance. To recognize the 100th anniversary, Kimball Medical Center displayed artifacts to be inserted in a special time capsule, which will be opened 100 years from today.
Joining the celebration were Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health; Michael Mimoso, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Kimball Medical Center; Raymond F. Shea, Jr., Esq., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kimball Medical Center; William M. Schulman, Director of Surgery and Trustee at Kimball Medical Center; and Lakewood Mayor Albert Akerman.
During his remarks, President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Mimoso, who assumed leadership at Kimball in 2012, highlighted how Kimball has developed innovative programs and services designed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing, diverse population, in and around Lakewood and throughout Ocean County. “Kimball’s proud history, combined with community support and our highly skilled and compassionate team of medical professionals and employees has enabled Kimball to answer the needs of the community it serves,” said Mimoso. “We will continue to look for unique ways to deliver the services the people of Ocean County have come to expect from Kimball, even in the face of changing healthcare mandates,” he added.
Mimoso cited a number of new programs and initiatives launched at Kimball including the Center for Healthy Aging, which opened in 2012, offering a variety of services dedicated to improving the health and well-being of seniors, the opening of a new Pediatric Emergency Services Program at Kimball Medical Center, in collaboration with The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, and the dedication in 2013 of the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center at Kimball Medical Center.
Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barnabas Health said, “Seventeen years ago, Kimball became a facility of Barnabas Health. This relationship brought about collaborations with other Barnabas Health Hospitals in the region which resulted in a number of substantive and positive changes at Kimball and extended their reach into the community.”
Other celebrations and recognition programs will be held throughout the year chronicling the history of Kimball in Lakewood.
For more information about Kimball Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/Kimball.