Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 20, 2010
Contact : Robert Cavanaugh, Public Relations Manager  

Jersey Shore University Medical Center “Transforming Care” Project Hailed Among the Best in the World


Neptune, NJ - Jersey Shore University Medical Center has been honored with a trifecta of prestigious awards. Designed by WHR Architects in Houston, the $300 million renovation and expansion project at the university hospital in Neptune provides a physical foundation for a true transformation of the hospital's approach to patient care. The innovative project unlike any in the region is being recognized by the national and international health care design communities, as well as the New Jersey business community. 

On the international stage, Jersey Shore captured the attention of judges at the 2010 Design & Health International Academy Awards in Toronto, winning in the prestigious International Health Project (over 40,000 sq m) category. One of the world's leading health care architecture advocacy programs, the Design & Health International Academy Awards recognizes professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy environments. The biannual awards have a significant influence on global designs that support health, well being and quality of life. Jersey Shore was recognized among the world's most innovative design projects reflecting the exceptional work undertaken by design and health researchers and practitioners.

The Transforming Care project will also be recipient of a coveted Citation of Merit award from Healthcare Design Magazine. Jersey Shore was selected among over 100 submissions to the Healthcare Design showcase, and one of only three in the nation to receive a Citation of Merit. A jury of 17 experts including architects, interior designers, researchers and providers from across the United States made their recommendations after a multi-stage review process.

Closer to home, Jersey Shore University Medical Center received the New Good Neighbor Award from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, recognizing the best and most exciting commercial and industrial development projects in the State of New Jersey. Winners are chosen based on economic benefit, job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.

"We are excited that the innovative and dedicated efforts of the entire team at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is being recognized for the important steps we have taken in combining the most advanced medicine with exceptional and thoughtful design to create a patient experience that's second-to-none," said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "This project enabled us to build and renovate our century-old campus with a pure focus on the patient."

"The Transforming Care project is truly the realization of the Jersey Shore team's vision," said Tushar Gupta, AIA, WHR's lead designer for the project. "Jersey Shore saw the project as an opportunity to improve the entire patient experience through evidence-based design, advanced technology and customer service. We could not have had a client more committed and caring about their patients and guests through this project."

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit university teaching and home to the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital – the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program which has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and nationally-designated stroke center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women's and children's health services.