More than 150 guests recently attended an event held by Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus recognizing donors for their support of the medical center's new Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) unit.
This state-of-the-art GEM unit offers an interdisciplinary team specialized in caring for aging patients by exploring the underlying cause of medical issues, for the care of each patient, including interventions by a pharmacist and consultations with a board-certified geriatrician. The unit is separate from the rest of the departments to offer a quieter, calmer setting.
At the event, Michael Mimoso, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, recognized the volunteers, outstanding employees and donors for their efforts to help grow the services offered at the medical center. For this specific project, Mimoso thanked Robert Novy from Novy and Associates, Thomas Calabro of Twin City Jewelers, hospital board member Fred Van Looy and TD Bank.
"Community support and philanthropy are vital for our efforts to grow programs and services. Through generous contributions, we have been able to create a GEM unit that provides specialized care for aging patients," said Mimoso. "Nearly 22 percent of Ocean County's population is 65 or older, and our medical center treated nearly 10,000 patients 65 or older. That tells me that creating this unit was our duty and responsibility."
Victor Almeida, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, spoke about the need for a GEM unit, particularly in a quiet setting. "As patients get older, being in the main emergency department can be overwhelming, over-stimulating and sometimes not pleasant. This unit will help alleviate those feelings," he said.
Along with the quiet environment, there is subdued lighting, air mattresses and lower beds, slip-resistant floors, social workers and nurses with specialized training for geriatric patients. Most geriatric patients go to the ER because of drug interactions, so there is a pharmacist who focuses on that particular issue.
A Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation trustee, Robert Novy, Esq. said, "If the GEM unit can help us be in and out as quickly as possible and have the geriatric follow-up with caring, compassionate, trained people, the quality of life will be better, and it'll be a more meaningful experience for you and your loved ones."
The final speaker was Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center. He thanked donors and said, "I think this unit really represents what the philosophy was behind our merger, which was integrating the strengths of Monmouth Medical Center with the strengths of this hospital here in Lakewood. You take the strengths of the two hospitals and bring them together, and this is a really great unit that will be an asset to the community."
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus recently recognized donors who made the Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit possible through their philanthropic support. More than 150 people attended the event. Pictured (left to right), Fred Van Looy, a member of the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees; Robert Novy, Esq., a member of the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation Board of Trustees; Victor Almeida, DO, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Monmouth South in Lakewood; Frank. J. Vozos, MD, FACS, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center; Michael Mimoso, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus; James Maida, chairman of the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation Board of Trustees; and Thomas Calabro, a member of the Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Foundation Board of Trustees. Van Looy, Novy, Calabro and TD Bank were recognized as donors who supported the GEM Unit.
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus:
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. A Barnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is in the process of converting to all private rooms, which will make it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays. For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit www.barnabashealth.org.