Bariatrics/Weight Loss

First Robotic-Assisted Surgery at Southern Ocean Medical Center a Success

When Ashley Dearing was scheduled for bariatric surgery, little did she know that she would be the first patient to...

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Bariatrics/Weight LossCancer CareWomen's Health

Weight-loss Surgery Leads to Unexpected Discovery for Seaside Heights Mother

For years, 49-year-old Carey Backle had been plagued with a slew of unrelenting symptoms: high blood pressure, splitting headaches, extreme...

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COVID-19

Newark, New Jersey, Bishop Faces COVID-19 With Faith and Family

Typically, we photograph every patient appearing in HealthU. Because this story was planned during the COVID-19 pandemic, that contact would...

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Bariatrics/Weight Loss

Forked River Woman Is Fit at 40 Thanks to Weight-loss Surgery

Typically, we photograph every patient appearing in HealthU. Because this story was planned during the COVID-19 pandemic, that contact would...

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Cardiac / Heart Health

Cardiac Calcium Scan Saves One Man’s Life

When team members were being recruited to test the new cardiac calcium scan procedure at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Kevin...

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Cancer Care

Mirror Image

Identical twins Meagan McCallum and Courtney Werner have always had a unique bond. As kids, they shared their own private...

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Cardiac / Heart Health

Aortic Aneurysm: Fixing Mr. Fix-it

With a reputation as “Mr. Fix-it,” Amado Velez usually doesn’t hesitate to repair anything around him that’s broken. But when...

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Cancer CareWomen's Health

Breast Cancer Survivor Finds Light in a Dark Place

It all started with a cough that wouldn’t go away. In December 2017, Lakehurst, New Jersey, resident Maybelline Hicks went...

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Bariatrics/Weight Loss

Weight-loss Surgery: Never too Late for a Change

Diane Pirone, 72, struggled with her weight for most of her life, losing the extra pounds—including 120 pounds twice—by dieting,...

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Behavioral HealthEmergency Services

A Nurse’s Fight to End Drug Addiction

Ken Rodenbaugh, RN, CARN, CEN, a nurse in the Southern Ocean Medical Center Emergency Department, speaks from experience when he...

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