November 13, 2018
Hospital running at full capacity for the first time since last spring
Holmdel, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center has opened all of its floors to patients for the first time in months thanks to renovations made to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and two patient floors.
A minor fire in February resulted in water damage that reduced the hospital’s capacity by 65 beds. Bayshore Medical Center was forced to temporarily close the ICU and the two impacted patient floors while repairs were made. Experts worked around the clock to expedite the construction while ensuring all repairs were done thoroughly and safely. Bayshore Medical Center took advantage of the opportunity to renovate the affected areas, modernizing the design and creating more appealing patient rooms for community members.
The ICU was reopened and fully functioning in May of this year. In July, the affected third floor unit was reopened and the affected second floor unit was just reopened at the end of October. With this last reopening the hospital is now functioning at full capacity.
“We’ve been working tirelessly since the incident occurred to return the hospital to full capacity, but we also wanted to improve those impacted areas,” said Frank Citara, MBA, chief operating officer of Bayshore Medical Center. “During the renovations, we selected the best materials and designs for our patients and for our physicians and team members who will work there, while also choosing eco-friendly materials wherever possible to support our sustainability efforts. We couldn’t be happier with the results and we believe our patients and community members will appreciate our new and improved healing environment.”
While the repairs were taking place, Bayshore Medical Center continued to care for the community and received several accolades, including its second consecutive ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, a nationally renowned safety advocacy group that assigns letter grades to hospitals based on patient safety and quality. Additionally, the nuclear medicine program at the medical center received accreditation by the American College of Radiology and the Center for Sleep Medicine received its second accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Bayshore Medical Center was also named Among the Top 5% of hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety by Healthgrades® in 2018 and received the 2018 – 2019 U.S. News & World ReportHigh Performing Hospitals Award for Heart Failure.