Jersey Shore University Medical Center to Host HOPE Tower Topping Out Ceremony on September 15

September 15, 2016

On September 15 at 11:30 a.m., Jersey Shore University Medical Center will hold its “Topping Out” celebration for HOPE Tower – a $265 million building development on the hospital’s east campus that will provide a new healing outpatient experience for the community. The ceremony will celebrate the placement of the final steel beam on the roof of the ten-story HOPE Tower, scheduled to open early 2018.

Jersey Shore’s team members – led by hospital president Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP – will join the dedicated construction crew that has been building the 299,000 square foot facility since November 2015 to watch the 2,800 lb structural steel beam hoisted onto the tower’s skeleton. The steel beam represents the final phase of structural work supporting HOPE Tower, and will be signed by hospital team members with their personal messages of hope and inspiration.

Guided by a patient-centered approach towards care, and informed by the latest medical breakthroughs, HOPE Tower expands upon Jersey Shore’s comprehensive services by providing a thoughtful and accessible health care experience.

Two floors within HOPE Tower will house a 58,000 square foot Cancer Care center that will offer comprehensive treatment options, including: surgical specialties, medical oncology, advanced radiation therapy and minimally invasive interventional therapies. The new center is designed for Jersey Shore’s multi-disciplinary team of specialists who deliver coordinated and compassionate care treating a range of oncological conditions.

Jersey Shore is the region’s only academic university-level teaching center, and HOPE Tower will serve as home to medical education programs, Meridian Research Services and Faculty physician offices in medical practice areas including Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. With expert clinicians, a state-of-the-art amphitheater, and a high-tech simulation laboratory, HOPE Tower will foster the next generation of medical leaders and provide access to the most promising clinical trials and therapies.

In addition to HOPE Tower, a new adjacent nine-level parking garage with 1,583 parking spaces for patients, guests and team members is slated to open December of this year.

“HOPE Tower is such an exciting expansion for us because it represents what we’ve accomplished as an academic medical center, and our continuing commitment to providing the most innovative, patient-centered health care experience,” says Dr. Sable. “The topping out ceremony is an opportunity to recognize the dedication of team members and the construction crew that have made this vision a reality, and it’s a celebration of what the future holds for Jersey Shore and the community we serve.”

HOPE Tower was designed by WHR Architects and project management services are led by Stantec Consulting Ltd. LF Driscoll is the construction company; and civil engineering and landscape architecture services are provided by Dewberry Engineers. HOPE Tower‘s medical equipment is from Medical Equipment Resources, and Walter P. Moore is the structural engineer.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report,consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – HackensackUMC in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, HackensackUMC Palisades in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood.