Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center Opening in Eatontown, NJ

Months of planning, design and construction have paid off: the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown will be opening soon. The new four-story, 82,000-square-foot building provides convenient access to comprehensive women’s and pediatric services through Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and Children’s Specialized Hospital. And it features another highlight as well: more than 5,000 square feet of facilities to provide and emphasize community education.

Kenneth Granet, MD
Kenneth Granet, MD

“We want to help the community participate in disease prevention through multiple pathways,” says Kenneth Granet, MD, Chief Medical Officer and immediate past Chairman of Medicine at MMC, and a member of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. “This is a unique space and a very positive outpatient wellness environment, not just for the local community but all of Monmouth and Ocean counties and beyond.”

Before the pandemic, the majority of MMC’s community health programs were offered through venues such as senior centers, churches and schools, says Jean McKinney, Regional Director, Community Health and Social Impact and Community Investment. “This facility gives us a centrally located home and a place to make our services even more accessible to many people,” she says. “Our mission is to ensure people of all ages have the means and ability to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. That includes access to quality healthcare together with wellness and educational programs.”

State-of-the-Art Space

Drawing on physicians and other professionals dedicated to service lines at the new facility, educational programs will cover a wide range of topics. Examples include healthy nutrition and food preparation, childbearing and postpartum health, osteoporosis prevention, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, brain syndromes such as dementia, medication management, screenings and movement activities such as exercise and yoga.

“The space also allows us to provide a variety of support groups as well as a smoking cessation program through the Institute for Prevention and Recovery,” McKinney says. “The building was designed in part during the pandemic, so we equipped our facilities to provide virtual and hybrid programs along with in-person conferences, presentations and workshops.”

The facilities also include what McKinney likens to “the heart of a home”: a large demonstration kitchen staffed by a full-time dietitian and outfitted to provide cook-along classes and both live and virtual or livestreamed presentations. “The demonstration kitchen is very exciting,” Dr. Granet says. “Our goal is to do tremendous education on subjects like nutrition and food preparation, snacking and how to eat for different health conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity.”

Family Care and Wellness marks an important contribution to the wellbeing of the entire community, Dr. Granet says. “Our hope is to make a positive impact combining educational and medical resources to address social determinants of health and provide a good community health experience for our entire population.”

Advanced Care for Women and Children

Concentrating a comprehensive array of services at RWJBarnabas Health Family Care and Wellness offers many advantages for women and families. “We’re realizing a long-term goal by having multiple disciplines in one place,” says Eric Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus.

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 healthcare programs and services the hospital in Long Branch is known for. The facility 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.

With its focus on women’s and children’s health, the new location will provide the region with convenient access to:

  • Comprehensive women’s services, including maternal/fetal medicine and a lactation center
  • A wellness center providing education and resources that promote community health
  • Pediatric subspecialties such as cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, surgery, urology, pulmonology and infectious diseases
  • Medical and therapeutic services through Children’s Specialized Hospital, including developmental and behavioral services, psychiatry and psychology, neurology, physiatry, audiology, speech-language therapy and occupational and physical therapy
  • A blood drawing station
  • An Urgent Care Center
  • MMC’s pioneering Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Center
  • A central registration area on each floor
  • Ample parking

“Healthcare continues to evolve, and RWJBarnabas Health and Monmouth Medical Center are at the forefront of this transformation in our communities,” Carney says. “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.”

Providing care at the same location can improve health, he adds. “If women and their children can receive care in one place, it improves communication across those disciplines,” he says. “That leads to better outcomes and makes it more convenient for women and families to get the care they need and want.”

Learn more about programs and services at Monmouth Medical Center.