Judy Colorado, Chief Nursing Officer, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern
Campus; Frank J. Vozos, MD, FACS, Executive Vice President, RWJBarnabas
Health and Chief Executive, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus;
Amy Mansue, Southern Region President, RWJBarnabasHealth; Denice Gaffney,
Vice President of Development, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus
Foundation; Jonathan Tango, Vice President of Operations, Monmouth Medical
Center, Southern Campus.
LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Visitors to Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC) will
find the facility has undergone significant renovations and upgrades since
early 2015, offering local residents greater access to advanced health
care services and programs. To mark the completion of three major projects
and highlight a number of additional enhancements to the hospital, MMCSC
recently hosted a Fall Open House and Reception.
“Today we commemorate the final phase in a major three phase project
that started in the beginning of 2015, shortly after Kimball Medical Center
merged with Monmouth Medical Center to become Monmouth Medical Center,
Southern Campus,” said Frank J. Vozos, M.D., FACS, executive vice
president, RWJBarnabas Health and chief executive, Monmouth Medical Center,
Southern Campus. “These projects began with a full revamp of our
main lobby, continued when we converted to all private rooms and came
to fruition today with the unveiling of The River Avenue Pavilion.”
In the short time following the merger with Monmouth Medical Center, MMCSC
has completed numerous large-scale projects, including updating the main
lobby; renovating the grounds, parking areas and façade on the
Route 9 side of the building; and transitioning all patient rooms to private
rooms, making MMCSC the only hospital in the region to exclusively offer
single rooms for overnight stays.
“In addition to these renovations, we’ve also made several
other enhancements, all with the goal of providing superior service to
Lakewood and the surrounding region,” said Dr. Vozos. “The
creation of the Better Health Senior Membership Program, which allows
seniors in our area to socialize and learn all while staying active and
healthy, now boasts more than 1,400 members, while a growing partnership
with Bikur Cholim has enabled us to provide free shuttle services for
patients, visitors and guests between our facility and Monmouth Medical
Center in Long Branch.”
Open to the community, the Fall Open House featured tours of the upgraded
portions of the facility, including the newly updated Main Lobby, Geriatric
Emergency Medicine (GEM) Unit, Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center, Acute
Care for Elders (ACE) Unit and its private rooms, and the Geriatrics Institute.
The one-of-a-kind Geriatrics Institute, which will be opening its doors
mid-November, will provide integrated inpatient and outpatient geriatric
services for patients 65 and older. The third floor of MMCSC will house
the inpatient, outpatient and community education aspects of geriatric
medicine in one location. Physical therapists, occupational therapists,
speech therapists and audiologists will also be located on this floor
to accommodate the needs of patients as they transition from inpatient
to outpatient care.
Further complementing the Geriatrics Institute are the Geriatric Emergency
Medicine (GEM) Unit, created to meet the more complex needs of seniors
in emergency care, and the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, an inpatient
unit utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to collaboratively develop
a patient-centered care plan.
Another newly enhanced portion of the facility highlighted during the Open
House tour included the relocated Jacqueline M. Wilentz Breast Center. The Breast Center, following the addition of fellowship-trained breast
surgeons Manpreet Kohli, M.D. and Sumy Chang, M.D., now offers services
that include breast screening mammography, diagnostic mammography, breast
surgery consultation and high-risk cancer assessment.