Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 8, 2014
Contact : Maureen Gillespie, Public Relations Manager  

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital Celebrates The Next Step Campaign

Jersey Shore Foundation continues to grow fundraising campaign that benefits the children’s hospital  

Neptune, NJ - On September 16, Jersey Shore University Medical Center celebrated the generosity of supporters of The Next Step – a fundraising campaign that includes a Kid’s Phase component focused on the expansion of K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore, the region’s most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

With support from the campaign, the children’s hospital completed a second Acute Care Pediatric Unit, providing an additional 14 private rooms, and increasing the total pediatric acute care capacity to 44 beds and the number of private pediatric beds from 6 to 20. The Next Step also helped build a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), adding four intensive care beds for a total PICU capacity of 10 beds.

“The Next Step is a campaign dedicated to a new phase of progress for Jersey Shore and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. As the demand for pediatric care continues to grow in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, more people recognize the value of providing the community with advanced, accessible health care. Through the Kid’s Phase of the campaign, we are making sure that the critical needs of the region’s sickest children are met,” says Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

According to Walter (Rob) Earle II, president, Earle Asphalt Company, Foundation Board member at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and chairman of The Next Step campaign’s Kid’s Phase, “This marks another great moment of the progression of quality health care in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. With The Next Step, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital has made significant steps toward providing the absolute best, most advanced pediatric care in the area, complete with cutting edge treatment, advanced equipment and facilities, and top-rated physicians.  As the father of five children and as part of a family with many children in the area, I value the importance of access to great pediatric services close to home, and realize how fortunate we are to have this level of health care in our community.”

For more information about The Next Step, please contact Robert E. Wahlers, CFRE, senior director of Development and Gift Planning at 732.751.5111 or or Amy Delaney, development officer at 732.751.5134 or

About K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center:       
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center is the most comprehensive provider of pediatric care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.  At the heart of Meridian Pediatric Network, the hospital includes a pediatric emergency department and acute care units supported by over 100 pediatric sub-specialists working together with community pediatricians to deliver the most complete, most coordinated care for kids in our communities. Whether it’s complex surgery or treatment for a chronic condition, the team of physicians, nurses and caregivers at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital treats each child as one of their own in a friendly and convenient setting, close to home. For more information about K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, call 1-800-DOCTORS, or visit