Press Release

For Immediate Release
Nov 13, 2018
Contact : Kevin Israel, Hackensack Meridian Health  
732-530-2656
Kevin.Israel@hackensackmeridian.org

Bayshore Medical Center Reopens All Floors After Renovations

Hospital running at full capacity for the first time since last spring  

Holmdel, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center has opened all of its floors to patients for the first time in months thanks to renovations made to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and two patient floors.

A minor fire in February resulted in water damage that reduced the hospital’s capacity by 65 beds. Bayshore Medical Center was forced to temporarily close the ICU and the two impacted patient floors while repairs were made. Experts worked around the clock to expedite the construction while ensuring all repairs were done thoroughly and safely. Bayshore Medical Center took advantage of the opportunity to renovate the affected areas, modernizing the design and creating more appealing patient rooms for community members.

The ICU was reopened and fully functioning in May of this year. In July, the affected third floor unit was reopened and the affected second floor unit was just reopened at the end of October. With this last reopening the hospital is now functioning at full capacity.

"We’ve been working tirelessly since the incident occurred to return the hospital to full capacity, but we also wanted to improve those impacted areas," said Frank Citara, MBA, chief operating officer of Bayshore Medical Center. "During the renovations, we selected the best materials and designs for our patients and for our physicians and team members who will work there, while also choosing eco-friendly materials wherever possible to support our sustainability efforts. We couldn’t be happier with the results and we believe our patients and community members will appreciate our new and improved healing environment."

While the repairs were taking place, Bayshore Medical Center continued to care for the community and received several accolades, including its second consecutive 'A' rating from The Leapfrog Group, a nationally renowned safety advocacy group that assigns letter grades to hospitals based on patient safety and quality. Additionally, the nuclear medicine program at the medical center received accreditation by the American College of Radiology and the Center for Sleep Medicine received its second accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Bayshore Medical Center was also named Among the Top 5% of hospitals in the Nation for Patient Safety by Healthgrades® in 2018 and received the 2018 – 2019 U.S. News & World ReportHigh Performing Hospitals Award for Heart Failure.

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 16 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 - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has nearly 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 33,000 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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, 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, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, 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, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. 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 and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

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.