Broken Ground in Toms River on New Medical Services Building

TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Community Medical Center and Children’s Specialty Hospital has opened a new medical services building that will provide a range of outpatient health care for adults and children.

The 86,000 square foot building, under construction at 171 St. Catherine Blvd., just off Route 37 in Toms River near the Orchards at Dover shopping center, is expected to be completed in early 2023, officials said. responsible.

The community medical center will occupy 37,594 square feet in the three-story building and will offer services such as imaging, day surgery, pre-admission testing, and physical and occupational therapy. Primary care and orthopedic physicians from RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group will also have offices in the building.

“Our new medical center will serve as a premier healthcare destination for Toms River and surrounding areas, allowing us to transform the way we deliver care by bringing a range of services directly to the community,” said Patrick Ahearn. , CEO of Community Medical Center.

The specialist children’s hospital will occupy the remaining 48,406 square feet and move services currently offered in its Lakehurst Road and Stevens Road offices to the new building to provide care in one location. These services include developmental and behavioral pediatrics, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and psychology, as well as occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech therapy.

“Children’s Specialty Hospital has a long-standing commitment to children and youth with special health care needs,” said Matthew B. McDonald III, MD, President and CEO of the Specialized children’s hospital. “Today is a remarkable milestone on their behalf where we will have the opportunity to better serve the children of this community.”

The Specialty Children’s Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care to children and young adults from birth to 21 who face special health care challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries. , to a full range of developmental, behavioral and mental health issues. It has 14 locations in New Jersey.

The dedication ceremony included a range of officials with RWJ Barnabas, the parent organization of the community and children’s specialty hospital, as well as local officials and Todd and Jackie Frazier, who attended as part of their support for a $45 million fundraising campaign for Children’s Specialty Hospital. The campaign aims to support its expansion into other communities and has raised more than $34 million to date, officials said.

The Fraziers are honorary co-chairs of the campaign, titled Transforming Lives 2.0.

“We are thrilled to see this new facility brought to our community to uplift Toms River and hopefully change the lives of many children,” the Fraziers said. “We look forward to seeing all of the children whose lives will be affected in such a positive way and hope that we can put a smile on some of their faces.”

“Our goal is to make quality care more accessible in the communities we serve,” said Andy Anderson, MD, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. “This new health care center demonstrates our commitment to this goal and increases our ability to help improve the health and well-being of individuals and families in Ocean County.”

Also attending the inauguration: Ed McKenna, senior partner at McKenna, Dupont, Stone & Washburne, and board member of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Mark Montenero, Chairman of Autoland Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and RAM Trucks and Trustee of the CSH Foundation; Charles Chianese, vice president and chief operating officer of Children’s Specialty Hospital; Phil Salerno, president and chief development officer of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Neil Bryant, vice president of operations and chief operating officer of Community Medical Center; Donald E. Jump, Chairman of the Community Medical Center Board of Trustees, and Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill.