Toms River, NJ, April 10, 2012 – Stephanie L. Bloom, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Medical Center, issued the following statement in response to Mayors Thomas F. Kelaher of Toms River, Michael Fressola of Manchester and Carmen F. Amato, Jr. of Berkeley calling on the State of New Jersey to approve cardiac surgery at Community Medical Center in Toms River:
“We welcome Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher, Mayor Michael Fressola and Mayor Carmen F. Amato, Jr.’s support for State approval of cardiac surgery at Community Medical Center. In Ocean County the prevalence of cardiac disease is among the highest in the State. More residents die from heart disease, are treated for heart attacks and undergo cardiac surgeries than in any other county in New Jersey. Ocean County has the highest concentration of seniors in the State, a population that is most vulnerable to heart disease. Yet Ocean County residents, many of them frail and elderly, are forced to travel out of the county for life-saving care because we are not allowed to care for them at CMC. If you have heart disease and require critical surgery, it is imperative that you receive it without delay. As the leading health care facility in Ocean County, Community Medical Center must provide cardiac surgery for our patients. Bringing cardiac surgery to our community is not simply a matter of convenience; it is a matter of urgency.
CONTACT: Jean M. Flaherty
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