New Cancer Care Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center Focuses on ‘Patient-Centric Care’
The official opening of Southern Ocean Medical Center’s new cancer care center took place Tuesday evening, Sept. 20. SOMC has spent the past year expanding its multidisciplinary cancer program and technological capabilities with a 16,545-square-foot renovation on the hospital campus, on Route 72 West in Manahawkin.
Key features include expanding to 20 infusion stations for chemotherapy treatment, expanded nurse navigator services to guide patients, specialty physician consultation offices, conference and family supportive care resources, and a multidisciplinary oncology suite.
“As a final component of the project, the medical center will install a TrueBeam linear accelerator, which is the most advanced technology available in the state of New Jersey,” SOMC officials said the day of the grand opening.
“By the beginning of 2017, the top-of-the-line linear accelerator will be treating patients in Manahawkin.”
Through fundraising efforts, the auxiliaries of Southern Ocean Medical Center have committed $2.5 million to fund the technology.
“This is the next evolution of incredible services now available at our medical center,” said Joseph Coyle, president of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Growth in facilities, medical and surgical expertise, programs, and technologies have made us the health care provider of choice for our community members. Combined with a dedicated and talented team of caregivers, we offer unprecedented diagnosis, treatment and support services right here in Manahawkin.”
A statement for the grand opening elaborated on the “multidisciplinary approach” to cancer care that “puts patients at the center,” adding, “Now, patients will schedule one appointment in which their cancer care doctors will be present. This approach reduces the amount of travel and scheduling required by the patient and enables the physicians to better work together to create the most effective treatment plan possible.”
“Being diagnosed with cancer is stressful enough,” said Mark J. Krasna, M.D., medical director of Meridian Cancer Care, part of Hackensack Meridian Health. “By opening this new facility, we are enhancing services and bringing extraordinary oncology care closer to home. Patient-centered care is Meridian Cancer Care’s promise to individuals, and it is how we are building hope in New Jersey.”
Arlette Lowe, clinical director at Meridian Health, was the guest speaker at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 14. She highlighted the benefits of having the cancer center’s quality care available right here in Southern Ocean County.
“Unfortunately, cancer has affected most of us in some way. If you or a loved one is facing cancer, you want access to leading experienced physicians, the latest technology, and therapy delivered in a high-reliability facility with quality, compassionate care close to home.
“Hackensack Meridian had a vision for a state-of-the-art cancer center and has invested millions in this cancer center to make that a reality here in Manahawkin,” Lowe noted.
The opening of the cancer care center is the third of six projects to reach completion as part of a $128 million investment to expand cancer care services in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Over $16 million is being invested at SOMC, officials said.
“Long dedicated to providing high level cancer care close to home, the new expansion projects are enhancing Hackensack Meridian Health’s services through physical, visual and technical upgrades designed to blend clinical expertise with an optimal patient and family experience.”
To learn more about how Meridian Cancer Care is expanding, visit meridianhealth.com and see the cancer care section under “services.”
— Maria Scandale