Section: Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus Holds Naming Rights Ceremony for James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute


$1 Million Donation Supports Unique, Comprehensive Health Care Program for Seniors

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC), an RWJBarnabas Health facility, held a naming rights ceremony on Wednesday, November 30 for the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute, a unique program that addresses the needs of the area’s growing senior population.

James and Sharon Maida, of Newtown, Pa., donated $1 million toward the Institute’s creation, which will provide integrated inpatient and outpatient services to patients 65 and older. He is chairman of the hospital’s foundation and a member of its board of trustees.

“The James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute is the centerpiece of our plan to address the growing health care needs of our area’s older adults,” said Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas Health and Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. “This state-of-the-art program will enable older adults greater access to vital care – we are so grateful to the Maida’s for helping to make our vision a reality.”

The only center of its kind in the region, the nearly 5,000 square-foot Institute will enhance MMCSC’s interdisciplinary approach to caring for the community’s rising senior population. The Institute is designed to provide quality-driven, safe, efficient and responsive health care services and education.

“We are proud to make a gift that will have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of area seniors,” said James Maida, President and CEO of Gaming Laboratories International, LLC. “As the senior population continues to rise across the nation and especially here in Ocean County, this specialized Institute is a critical step in ensuring that seniors have access to vital health care services.”

Located on the hospital’s third floor, the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute features clinical exam rooms, administrative offices, a conference space for transitions-in-care meetings and private space for caregivers and families. Patients and families will benefit from the convenience of having one location for a wide range of services: inpatient, outpatient and community aspects of geriatric medicine. Therapeutic services are also located on the same floor, to help aging patients transition from inpatient to outpatient care. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech and hearing professionals.

“Our mission in establishing the James and Sharon Maida Geriatrics Institute is to meet the many diverse needs and complex health issues of these patients and their families,” said Jessica L. Israel, MD, regional director, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Monmouth Medical Center and MMCSC. “The Institute complements our existing programs and services, and furthers our vision of creating a destination for outstanding care with a focus on promoting better health for our aging patients.”

According to 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly one in four Ocean County residents is 65 or older. And older adults generally require more health care services than younger people. In response, MMCSC has implemented a number of programs and services focusing on the older adult population. Introduced in 2014, the Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit was developed to create an atmosphere that addresses the complex needs of aging patients. And in 2015, MMCSC opened the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, a single-room inpatient unit exclusively for patients 65 and older that utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to collaboratively develop a patient-centered care plan.


From left to right: Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, executive vice president, RWJBarnabas Health, and chief executive, MMCSC; Amy Mansue, president of Southern Region, RWJBarnabas Health; Joan Wills, regional assistant vice president of Geriatrics, MMC & MMCSC; Jessica L. Israel, MD, regional director of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, MMC & MMCSC; Denice Gaffney, vice president of Development, MMCSC Foundation; Sharon and James Maida.

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