Ocean Medical Center Recognized Nationally as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

September 18, 2020

Ocean Medical Center Recognized Nationally as a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek

Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center was named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals.  The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns, and their families, as verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek, utilizing data from The Leapfrog Group.

Best Maternity Care Hospitals are an elite group of hospitals from across the country,” said Nancy Cooper, editor in chief of Newsweek. “These facilities are to be commended for the care they provide to women and families, and for giving babies a strong start to life. Particularly in these uncertain times, we are honored to share this list of top-ranked facilities with Newsweek’s readership.”

“This prestigious recognition demonstrates our commitment to achieving excellence in maternity care at Ocean Medical Center,” said Jason Kreitner, FACHE, chief hospital executive. “Our exceptional obstetrics and gynecological team provides the most comprehensive care to mothers, newborns, and their families in our community.”

The medical center provides patients with individualized obstetrics and gynecology care, including ongoing support for mom and baby by a team of certified registered nurses, each of whom has been specially trained in all aspects of childbirth. A Level II Special Care Nursery is available if a higher level of care is needed for infants requiring specialized care by nationally trained neonatologists and neonatal nurses.

“Our team is focused on providing unparalleled safety, compassionate care, and the best possible experience to all our patients before, during and after delivery” said Josephine Filardo, M.D., chair of obstetrics and gynecology, Ocean Medical Center. “We continually work together to provide high-quality care to meet the individualized needs of moms during routine or more challenging pregnancies.”

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics.  The exacting standards have been established by Leapfrog’s national expert panel.  This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section.

“Ocean Medical Center offers the convenience and easy access of a community hospital combined with skilled and expert care, coordinated by a team of top specialists in women’s health services,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market.  “This distinction demonstrates the high-quality and safe care provided by the maternity team.”

For more information about services, visit www.oceanmedicalcetner.com or for a free physician referral, call 800-560-9990. 

Serving southern Monmouth and northern Ocean counties, Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center is ranked # 7 in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021 and is also ranked High Performing in the U.S. in congestive heart failure, colon cancer surgery, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, hip replacement and knee replacement. As an advanced care hospital, Ocean Medical Center offers the convenience and easy access of a community hospital, with the high technology advances and expertise of a major medical center featuring expert care coordinated by a team of top specialists in emergency, cardiovascular, women’s health, cancer and orthopedic services.

Delivering on this promise, Ocean Medical Center is home to an innovative medical surgical floor equipped with 36 private patient beds that integrates technology and design to transform the patient experience and empower patients to return to their lives as soon as possible.

This forward-thinking renovation project completed an $82 million expansion that includes the 44,300-square-foot, state-of-the-art Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center and a new comprehensive Cancer Center. Ocean Medical Center officially became a premier community-based teaching hospital with the launch of its inaugural class of family medicine and psychiatry residents in 2018. Further medical education developments included the addition of an Internal Medicine Residency program in 2019.

Ocean Medical Center has been named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Hospitals which distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns, and their families.  Ocean Medical Center is also home to The Jersey Coast Vascular Institute (JCVI). offering of the most comprehensive vascular programs in the state. Led by a team of seven board-certified, fellowship trained specialists, hundreds of complex procedures are performed annually including advanced minimally-invasive interventions such as Trans-cervical Carotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR) and Fenestrated Endovascular Repair (FEVAR).  With the completion of the $19.5M Heart & Vascular Center in June 2021, Ocean Medical Center will become one of the nation’s most advanced interventional catheterization and vascular lab for heart and vascular diagnosis and treatment.

Certified by the Joint Commission as an accredited Orthopedic program, Ocean Medical Center is a destination for orthopedic joint replacements where more than 1,000 joint replacements are done annually. Ocean is also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke program and holds prestigious disease specific designations in Joint Replacement, Stoke, palliative care, colon cancer surgery, and sepsis.

Other key services include: brain lab neurological surgery, DaTscan and advanced imaging technology; da Vinci robotic surgery; general thoracic and vascular surgery; acute care of the elderly; and critical care services.  Shore Rehabilitation Institute, a 40-acute bed rehabilitation hospital is located on the campus offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services.

The medical center has achieved Magnet recognition, one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care; has maintained an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade been awarded Top Teaching Hospital by Leapfrog; and has received the 2020 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for superior safety performance.

Additional certifications and awards include: 2019 Get with the Guidelines continuous quality improvement awards for Heart Failure Gold Plus Award, Stroke Gold Plus and Stroke Honor Roll Elite Awards and the 2019-2020 ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

The medical center operates the state’s first satellite Emergency Care Center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital-based programs at Jackson Health Village.