Mar 15, 2021 Monmouth Medical Center and Children’s Specialized Hospital Break Ground on 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; Continues Commitment to Expand Services and Access Across Region

MMC Family Care Center Building

Long Branch, NJ & New Brunswick, NJ – March 12, 2021 –Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) together with Children’s Specialized Hospital (CSH), both RWJBarnabas Health facilities, have broken ground on RWJBarnabas Health Family Care & Wellness located at the Monmouth Mall, that will provide the region with convenient access to comprehensive women’s services, pediatric services, wellness education and resources, a laboratory and blood drawing station and an Urgent Care Center. Currently under construction, the four-story, 82,000-square-foot medical and wellness facility is slated for completion in October.

The new medical office building located adjacent to Boscov’s Department store 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 health care needs through community partnerships and access to the vast resources of the RWJBarnabas Health system.

“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,” said Eric Carney, President and CEO of MMC. “This state-of-the-art, centrally located building will expand much needed access to exceptional care for women and children, as well as offer important health education and wellness services for the entire community.”

The new location will cater to a variety of health care 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.

“We are thrilled to bring Children’s Specialized Hospital’s innovative therapies and medical treatments to children and families with special health care needs in Monmouth county,” said Warren E. Moore, FACHE, President and CEO, Children’s Specialized Hospital, and Senior Vice President, Children’s Services, RWJBarnabas Health. “This excitement is only amplified because we will be partnering with Monmouth Medical Center to do so – an organization that has been entrusted with the health care of the Jersey Shore community for 134 years. Together, we are enhancing access to the individualized, compassionate, and quality care RWJBarnabas Health is known for.”

In addition, the facility features comprehensive women’s services, including maternal/fetal medicine physician offices, a uro-gynecological practice, and a lactation center. The building will also serve as the new home for MMC’s trailblazing and award-winning Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center.

“This new facility will enable more patients to access to our nationally recognized and highly advanced maternity and neonatal services,” said Robert Graebe, Chair and Program Director of OB-GYN at MMC. “Monmouth Medical Center has built one of the safest and most comprehensive OB-GYN programs in the nation and we’re thankful for the ability to extend our reach for families in the region.”

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.

“RWJBarnabas Health Family Care & Wellness at Eatontown is central to our strategy to transform care throughout Monmouth County,” Carney said. “From the development of the Vogel Medical Campus at Tinton Falls, to our investments in the MMC campus and expanding our outpatient services, we are evolving to provide the best experience for our patients and communities, and we are proud to work with everyone we serve to deliver care for the future of Monmouth County.”

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.

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 and was recently one of nine New Jersey hospitals recognized by Newsweek magazine as a top maternity hospital. 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.

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.

Contact:   Elizabeth Brennan for Monmouth Medical Center

Megan Granozio for Children’s Specialized Hospital