Ocean Medical Center ER Expansion Progressing

Ceremonial beam laid down this week

Construction workers laid down a ceremonial beam onto the steel framing of the future emergency department at Ocean Medical Center this week, marking the final phase of the steel work which supports the hospital's $82 million expansion project.

The 15 foot-long beam included the signatures hundreds of employees and community members written onto its surface.

"Ocean Medical Center is literally changing before our eyes," said Dean Q. Lin, hospital president, as employees and donors to the project viewed the beam placement from a perch on the hospital's sixth floor.

The project, which will greatly expand the hospital's emergency department, began last summer. The department will grow from an 8,000 square foot facility to a 46,000 square foot facility to accommodate the growth of northern Ocean County, hospital officials have said.

The hospital currently has about 51,000 emergency room visits per year. The current emergency department is designed for only 17,000 visits. The new facility will have the capacity for about 70,000 annual visits. It will include 49 private rooms as well as a dedicated, private pediatric section.

"Construction is going very well," said Regina Foley, Vice President of Operations. "We broke ground in June, and we're looking to complete it as planned in March 2014."

Foley said construction was briefly interrupted by Superstorm Sandy, though it is not expected that the storm will delay the opening of the new department.

"Right now, we're on target and we're good to go," said Foley. "We want to occupy it as soon as it is ready to go."

Foley said about a third of the hospital's emergency patients are currently treated in hallways, and once the new department is completed, it will be opened as soon as it receives regulatory approval.

The project benefited from a $5 million matching donation made by the Hovnanian family foundation. The department will be named after Hirair and Anna Hovnanian, who started their family's real estate development business in Brick before moving to Monmouth County.

Glenn February 08, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Would you please identify yourself and post your mug shot so the next time I see you jaywalking I can accidently hit the gas pedal instead of the brake like all old people do. Hopefully it will put you out of your misery and all the misery you cause others by having to read your stupid comments on every Patch in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Go crawl under a damn rock and stay there.
Tarkus February 08, 2013 at 03:29 PM
@Glenn, he's a Troll, ignore the moron. Trolls are pathetic people with no life and the only attention they can get is to post idiotic statements to get people to notice them. Watch the "Witty" reply he has to this post, i'm sure he'll think he's very clever.
Jo Amesco February 08, 2013 at 04:26 PM
He's entertaining, it's things like this; that gives us retired folks something to do all day long. I glad to see that the hospital is expanding. This will mean more services to be offered. more staffing, which mean more jobs in the years to come. thats' a good thing.
MOTwo February 08, 2013 at 06:36 PM
To Glenn and Tarkus: The Wahoo posts statements to get a reaction from YOU and everyone else. You have two choices: hit the "ignore" button or feed him by replying and then watch him gloat.
Steve February 09, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Sheesh, some just do not like to hear the truth!


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