Section: Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus

Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus On The Rise

03/03/2016

In the less than two years since Kimball Medical Center merged with Monmouth Medical Center, the newly formed Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, has succeeded in providing a greater network of services to Monmouth and Ocean counties.

“Since Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, we have made a collaborative commitment to transform the health care delivery model for the communities we serve,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, president and chief executive officer, Monmouth Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. “We are proud of the accomplishments we have made during this short period of time.”

The merger has allowed Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus to make major changes – from external renovations to the newly unveiled single rooms. All rooms have been transitioned to private, making Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus the only hospital in the region to exclusively offer single rooms for overnight stays.

“Single patient rooms are becoming the industry standard,” said Dr. Vozos. “Studies show that patients who recuperate in single patient rooms experience better sleep, faster healing and shorter hospital stays, which results in fewer hospital-based infections and better outcomes.”

The 54 new Medical/Surgical and 10 Critical Care Unit rooms will include amenities such as flat-screen TVs, an updated nurse call system and special features for geriatric patients, including brighter lighting, safer beds and more security.

A main lobby facelift was completed earlier this year as well a complete update to the campus’ equipment, adding ‘round-the-clock’ telemetry monitoring for all of its inpatient beds. Additionally, renovations to the grounds, parking and entrance to outpatient services on Route 9 are under way.

Other changes to the hospital include the introduction of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit and the Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit, which complement the hospital’s larger initiative to develop the only Geriatrics Institute of its kind in the region. The Geriatrics Institute, which is slated to be in full use by August 2016, will provide integrated inpatient and outpatient geriatrics services to patients 65 and older. The third floor of the hospital will house the inpatient, outpatient and community education aspects of geriatric medicine in one location. There will also be a physical therapy gym on this floor specifically developed to accommodate the needs of aging patients as they transition from inpatient to outpatient care.

Additionally, the Outpatient Infusion Unit is being renovated and expanded to better serve more patients while the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center has found its new home near Outpatient Services in the main hospital. Breast Center services will now include breast screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, breast surgery consultation and high risk cancer assessment. Furthermore, a comprehensive Vascular Center treats a vast scope of circulatory conditions and complex wounds.

Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus was also acknowledged with several awards and recognitions in 2015, including a successful tri-annual Joint Commission Survey in June with specific acclamations for nursing excellence; a successful “Heart Failure” Disease Specific Recertification awarded; NICHE (Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders) re-designation achieved; a Leapfrog Safety Rating Grade A sustained throughout 2015; and the Press Ganey Scores for the Emergency Department and Ambulatory Care that continue to be above the 90th percentile with the ED leading the system.

“We sincerely appreciate the support of our surrounding community while we undergo these renovations both internally and externally,” Dr. Vozos said. “We look forward to continuing to improve and expand the programs and services offered at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus to better serve our patients.”

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.

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