Monmouth Medical Center and Children’s Specialized Hospital Host Beam Signing for New Medical Office in Eatontown

82,000-square-foot Facility at Monmouth Mall to be Dedicated to Women’s and Children’s Services and Community Health and Wellness

Long Branch, NJ & New Brunswick, NJ – April 7, 2021 – Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), both RWJBarnabas Health facilities, hosted a beam signing on what will be the ceremonial final beam of the four-story steel frame of RWJBarnabas Health Family Care & Wellness at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown.

The new location will provide the region with convenient access to comprehensive women’s services, pediatric services, wellness education and resources, a blood drawing station and an Urgent Care Center. The 82,000-square-foot medical and wellness facility is slated for completion in October.

Located adjacent to Boscov’s Department store, the new medical office building will further MMC’s mission to become more accessible to residents across Monmouth County and extend the trusted, high-quality health care programs and services the hospital in Long Branch is known for. It is also a continuation of MMC’s commitment to develop a comprehensive care delivery system in Monmouth County that meets healthcare needs through community partnerships and access to the vast resources of the RWJBarnabas Health system.

This new location will cater to a variety of healthcare needs and medical services, with a focus on women’s and children’s health. Monmouth Medical Center will offer pediatric subspecialty practices, including cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery and urology, pulmonology and infectious diseases. CSH will provide both medical and therapy services, including developmental and behavioral services, psychiatry, neurology and physiatry. Therapy services will include audiology, speech language, occupational, physical and psychology.

MMC, CSH ,and Eatontown Council signing the beam Pictured at the beam signing, from left, are: Warren E. Moore, FACHE, CSH President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, RWJBH; Eatontown Council members Kevin Gonzalez and Danielle M. Jones; Robert P. Herrmann, Chair of the MMC and MMCS Combined Board of Trustees; Eric Carney, MMC and MMCSC President and CEO; Mayor Anthony Talerico Jr., and Eatontown Council member Mark Regan, Jr.

“We have served Monmouth County for more than 130 years, and are driving progress through partnership as we work with our communities to transform care for our community,” said Eric Carney, President and CEO of MMC. “Healthcare continues to evolve, and RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center are at the forefront of this transformation in our communities, and by connecting the trusted pediatric and women’s services of Monmouth Medical Center with the outstanding offerings of Children’s Specialized Hospital, patients needing expert care will have access to treatments right in their own backyard.”

“Children’s Specialized Hospital’s vision is a world where all children can reach their full potential – to make that vision a reality we need to continually enhance access to care,” said Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, and Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “By collaborating with Monmouth Medical Center, we are able to bring our many innovative programs and services to patients and families living with special health care needs in Monmouth County. This new site will give us the ability to schedule more outpatient appointments, and because of its proximity to major highways and bus routes we’ll be easily accessible to any patients and families who need us.”

In addition, the facility will feature comprehensive women’s services, including maternal/fetal medicine physician offices, a urogynecological practice, and a lactation center. The building will also serve as the new home for MMC’s pioneering Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center.

A wellness center dedicated to community health will offer screenings, education, and support services for all residents. Programs offered to MMC’s Cancer Support Community will also be hosted in the building. A central registration area on each floor will provide convenient access to each practice and service. Ample parking will be provided with street-level parking on three sides and the nearby existing three-story parking garage. All clinical spaces are designed using the latest advancements in medical office space and will offer flexibility and room for growth.

Noel Mihalow singing the beam Noel Mihalow, daughter of Judi Dawkins, signs the beam near the replica of The Judith W. Dawkins Seal of Excellence Award.

Additionally as a part of the signing, a replica of The Judith W. Dawkins Seal of Excellence Award was added to the beam in recognition of the legacy of the late Judi Dawkins as an ambassador, visionary leader, philanthropist and trustee for Monmouth Medical Center. The Seal of Excellence Award is given annually to a clinical team that demonstrates innovative evidence-based care backed by a culture of quality and safety.

In 2018, Judi's family and friends announced a multi-million dollar gift in her memory, and the formation of the Judith W. Dawkins Women's Health Program at Monmouth Medical Center and the Seal of Excellence Award that bears her name.

“RWJBarnabas Health Family Care & Wellness is expanding access to women's health, maternal care, and the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center,” Carney said. “Judi was tireless in her quest to promote women's health, and this program, which carries her name, provides a full spectrum of women's healthcare services, built around our leading physicians, surgeons and healthcare professionals. Her influence and impact were felt in virtually every part of our clinical institution, and her husband, Pete, and her family made the gift to ensure that Judi's legacy will continue — and, indeed, grow — as a pillar of Monmouth Medical Center's commitment to women, and to the community.”

About Children's Specialized Hospital

Children’s Specialized Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral diagnoses like autism and mental health. At 15 different New Jersey locations – including the new site at Monmouth Mall – our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective so each child can reach their full potential.

About Monmouth Medical Center

Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH) facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital, is a regional teaching campus for Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As the first hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties, Monmouth Medical Center offers the most experienced surgeons in robotics and other minimally invasive procedures as well as bariatric and joint and spine surgery. Monmouth Medical Center delivers more babies annually than all other hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties combined and the fourth most in the state. The hospital offers access to the region’s top cardiologists and the award-winning, nationally recognized RWJBarnabas heart centers. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has conferred Magnet® recognition for Monmouth Medical Center as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. It is the only hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties to consistently receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization. RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center, in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center — brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside patients, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive academic health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and an accountable care organization.

RWJBH is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 35,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBH and Rutgers University have partnered to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration aligns RWJBH with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - and Rutgers University Behavioral Health.