Raritan Bay Medical Center Receives $250K Donation for Emergency Service in Old Bridge

March 6, 2019

A digital artist rendering of the new entrance and concourse coming to Raritan Bay Old Bridge.

TeamHealth’s gift earmarked for Raritan Bay-Old Bridge’s nearly $40 million emergency department expansion and facility renovation project

Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation recently received a $250,000 gift from TeamHealth towards the planned facility renovation and expansion of the emergency department at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. The project is set to begin construction this spring.

Raritan Bay-Old Bridge’s emergency department has served Central New Jersey for 40 years. “When the emergency department was built it was sized appropriately to accommodate the patient volume,” said Thomas Shanahan, CPA, chief operating officer, Raritan Bay Medical Center. “But now the population in Old Bridge Township and the surrounding communities has grown exponentially, beyond the intended capacity of the department. This project will more than double the size of our emergency department and provide patients and guests with a more comfortable, easier, and faster experience.”

The construction project represents a significant investment in Middlesex County for Hackensack Meridian Health, with construction costs approaching $40 million. “It will create room for nearly twice as many emergency beds, increase treatment space and privacy, allow for imaging services to be located within the department, and add pediatric-friendly rooms,” said William DiStanislao, MPA, vice president, Operations and Raritan Bay-Old Bridge site executive. “A new hospital concourse, main entrance, and lobby will be constructed to modernize the facility and link all buildings.”  The medical center will also be more accessible with increased available parking, better wayfinding, and additional ambulance bays for easier and quicker access for first responders.

“TeamHealth’s generous donation is greatly appreciated,” said Linda Hill, PharmD, executive director, Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation. “Continued philanthropic support allows us to fulfill our mission to provide exceptional health care for the communities we serve.”

TeamHealth is a physician-managed, patient-focused, and leading physician practice in the United States. The company provides physician staffing and management in Raritan Bay’s emergency departments in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy.  “TeamHealth is excited to support this important project,” said David Istvan, M.D., president, TeamHealth Emergency Medicine Northeast Group. “When completed, this expansion and modernization will allow TeamHealth and Raritan Bay Medical Center to continue achieving our shared goal of providing high-quality emergency care to patients and families in the community.”

Since becoming part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family in 2016, Raritan Bay Medical Center with philanthropic support from the community has made significant advancements. Most recently, Raritan Bay transitioned to Epic, an electronic medical record system that is enhancing patient care processes and improving patients’ access to their medical records and hospital services. Raritan Bay-Old Bridge also added the da Vinci Xi, the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical system available, to its surgical services in 2017.

The fundraising effort for Raritan Bay-Old Bridge’s emergency department is part of Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation’s regional comprehensive campaign, Giving Heals.  The campaign focuses on strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing patient experience, and broadening clinical research and academic programs at eight hospitals in Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties.

For information on how to support Raritan Bay Medical Center contact Linda Hill at 732-324-5374 or email linda.hill@hackensackmeridian.org.

About the Giving Heals Campaign
Giving Heals is $150 million regional comprehensive campaign to raise funds for four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. Publicly announced at the Meridian Health Foundation Gala on November 17, 2018, the campaign will run through 2020. Over $90 million dollars has been raised to date to support following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Old Bridge, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center.

ABOUT TeamHealth:
TeamHealth is proud to be the leading physician practice in the U.S., driven by our commitment to quality and safety and supported by our world-class team of healthcare professionals. Through our more than 16,000 affiliated physicians and advanced practice clinicians, TeamHealth offers emergency medicine, hospital medicine, critical care, anesthesiology, orthopedic surgery, general surgery, obstetrics, ambulatory care, post-acute care and medical call center solutions to approximately 3,100 acute and post-acute facilities and physician groups nationwide.

ABOUT MERIDIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION
Meridian Health Foundation drives transformational philanthropic support for Hackensack Meridian Health’s hospitals and partner companies in Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties including: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center and Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth Amboy and Old Bridge. Meridian Health Foundation has consistently been named a High Performer by the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for its exemplary performance in fundraising. For more information, visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org/GivingHeals.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, 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 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include 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, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 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 four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.

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.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.