‘Signature Social’ Raises Nearly $200,000 for Hospital

Sep 12, 2018
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Proceeds have been announced from the fourth annual Signature Social held by the Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation in July, and the amount is impressive – more than $198,000. The fundraising event will support programs and services of Southern Ocean Medical Center. The cocktail reception took place at Bonnet Island Estate, where more than 215 guests joined in celebration of the hospital.

“Philanthropy plays a very important role in helping Southern Ocean Medical Center provide the highest level of care to the community,” said Kimberly Hogan, M.D., a family medicine physician at SOMC and reception co-chair. “Thanks to generous donors, we have been able to enhance many of the medical center’s services, programs and technologies, and we are so grateful to everyone who continues to support this important initiative.”

Guests at the Signature Social had the opportunity to learn more about recent developments at SOMC. Those include the new Emergency Department and Cancer Center, renovations to the main lobby and outpatient care areas, and the Hackensack Meridian Health partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering.

The partnership combines clinical experience and resources, providing patients new opportunities to benefit from world-class cancer treatment protocols, representatives said.

Additionally, during the program, guest speaker and local business owner Joseph Rulli shared his story about the excellent care his late mother received from Evan Naylor, M.D., and many other members of the medical center team.

“The enthusiasm surrounding Southern Ocean Medical Center’s Signature Social is contagious,” remarked Regina Foley, chief operations officer of SOMC. “We are extremely fortunate that the community rallies behind us and comes together to support the medical center in such a meaningful way, and we are grateful for their passion and dedication. It’s truly inspiring, and I look forward to our continued partnership to build on the incredible accomplishments that their generosity has already afforded Southern Ocean Medical Center.”

Guests enjoyed a gourmet menu and live music and dancing. The reception was co-chaired by Joseph Lattanzi, M.D.; Kimberly Hogan, M.D.; Thomas Yu, M.D.; and Jane Yu. It was supported by its Celebration Sponsor, the medical team at Southern Ocean Medical Center, and its Reception Sponsors, Coastal Radiology, Lattanzi, Hogan and Walters Homes.

To learn more about the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation or to make a donation, visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/GivingHeals or contact James Young, executive director, at james.young@hackensackmeridian.org or 609-978-3040.

Facts About the Hospital

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Southern Ocean Medical Center has more than 400 physicians and over 1,000 dedicated healthcare professionals. The medical center provides comprehensive high-quality, advanced inpatient and outpatient services.

Great strides are part of its 40-year history. “Numerous investments have been made to facilities and services to bring advanced treatments, breakthrough technologies and skilled expertise to patients, including: advanced imaging services for expert screening, diagnostics and treatment, laboratory services, pain management, telemedicine for stroke patients, maternity, sleep medicine, bariatric surgery, cardiovascular services and rehabilitation, convenient outpatient locations and two urgent care centers,” states hospital literature.

The Emergency Department sees more than 40,000 patients each year.

The completion of the state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center provides a single destination for multidisciplinary cancer treatment and advanced radiation therapies.

Southern Ocean Medical recently received a four star rating from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services for overall hospital quality. The nursing team achieved Magnet status, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence for nursing practice, quality and safety in patient care. SOMC is a designated primary stroke center and is designated as the most comprehensive quality bariatric surgery program in the region.

SOMC is one of 16 hospitals in the Hackensack Meridian Health organization.  —M.S.

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