As Ocean Medical Center prepares to kick-off construction on a multi-million dollar cancer center expansion and renovation project, Ocean Medical Center Foundation has received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor to support the project.
“Though this is an anonymous gift, it’s our understanding that the donor lost a loved one to cancer and was inspired to give back as part of their healing process,” remarked Joseph Stampe, president of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations. “As we learn more about the health and healing benefits of giving, we hope this very special donor inspires others to honor loved ones in such a meaningful way.”
Ocean Medical Center’s cancer center expansion includes a 22,200 square foot renovation on campus, and 6,500 square foot addition off-campus, which will provide a state-of-the-art healing environment for outpatient treatment and services. The expansion is part of a $128 million investment by Meridian Health, aimed at bringing a higher level of cancer care close to home with enhanced services in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The new cancer center at Ocean is slated to open come fall 2016.
“Since opening its doors over 30 years ago, community support has been an important component of our expansion and renovation projects, helping to make Ocean the tremendous resource that it is today,” explains Dean Lin, president of Ocean Medical Center. “The generosity of our donors helps us provide the facilities, technology and services to ensure the highest quality and most compassionate cancer care is available to our community. We cannot express how grateful we are for this donor’s kind decision to support Ocean’s cancer program.”
Ocean Medical Center Foundation, part of Meridian Health Affiliated Foundations, is in the beginning phase of a fundraising campaign aimed at supporting Meridian Health system-wide. The campaign encapsulates four funding priorities at Meridian including: expanding oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening our clinical research and academic programs. This $1 million gift will contribute greatly to the campaign’s mission.