A transformative vision at the New Jersey Community Medical Center


Ongoing projects open a new era at the Community Medical Center.

What does the Community Medical Center (CMC) transformation look like? On April 29, it took the form of the Spring Gala, where CMC celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of two prominent supporters who have guided the hospital into a brighter future.

But the gala was only part of a larger, longer-term effort to usher the hospital into a new era in its 60-year history. The gala supports the Campaign to Transform the MCC, which is funding the hospital’s multimillion-dollar facilities master plan by creating critical infrastructure and program changes that will improve the patient experience and help ensure delivery of the highest quality care throughout the community.

“This strategic move will not only transform CMC’s physical plant and facilities, but will also attract top physicians and other healthcare professionals,” said Patrick Ahearn, CEO of Community Medical Center. “Patients in our region are increasingly finding that the medical services and expertise they need are right here in their own community at the MCC. »

Main benchmarks

The Facilities Master Plan and Supporting Transformation Campaign began in 2019 and is expected to roll out over 7-10 years with support from RWJBarnabas Health and community contributions from private donors. A number of major milestones have already been achieved. Key elements of the ambitious project include:

  • A world-class medical training program: In 2021, the CMC became an academic medical center, welcoming its first residents, physicians who graduated from medical school and are now developing more specialized knowledge and experience in various disciplines. The program benefits from a partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and brings to the CMC both new medical professionals and seasoned physicians and specialists.
  • Renovation of the emergency department: CMC is renovating the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian (ED) Emergency Pavilion to ensure emergency patients receive prompt and exceptional care. Highlights include a triage area for walk-in patients and paramedics; radiology services such as CT scans directly in the emergency department; spaces dedicated to specialized care such as behavioral health; and design features that make the space more calming, efficient and practical.
  • A new building that will become the face of the hospital: Plans are underway to build a 300,000 square foot main hospital building that will include new operating rooms, inpatient beds and outpatient departments.
  • Primary care centers: CMC will continue to create new ambulatory care facilities, such as the recently opened women’s laboratory and imaging center at Barnegat, which go beyond the walls of the hospital and provide access to health services throughout the community.

A blueprint for improved facilities: Major improvements planned for the CMC campus include a new central utility plant and a new 600-space parking garage.

Leadership models

One of the highlights of the Community Medical Center (CMC) Spring Gala held April 29 at the Ocean Club in Seaside Heights was the presentation of awards to two key hospital leaders and supporters. With exclusive sponsorship from the Grunin Foundation, the event raised over $140,000.

“These honorees are not only beloved local citizens, but also recognize that a strong hospital is essential to a strong and healthy community,” said Jennifer Shufran, vice president, Community Medical Center Foundation. “Their contributions are helping to transform CMC from a small local hospital into a world-class medical institution providing top-notch healthcare throughout our region.”

The winners were:

Francis Kelly, MD
Physician of Distinction Award

Dr. Kelly began his tenure at the CMC in 1981 and is an integral part of the hospital’s medical staff. A graduate of Hunter University in 1966 and the University of Rome Medical School in 1976, he began his career at Jersey City Medical Center as a surgical resident and later joined private practice in Toms River. From 2010 to 2019, he practiced at Atlantic Shore Surgical Associates.

He has held important positions at the CMC, including Chief and Vice Chief of Surgery. In 2019, he left his practice and served as Vice President of Special Projects. Dr. Kelly has played a vital role in projects such as the transformation of the Step-Down Intensive Care Unit; increase Leapfrog security ratings; improve the cardiac program; and organize the hospital’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Kelly and his wife, Marlene, have four children and four grandchildren.

Scott Beck, DC, DICCP
Emerging Leader Award

A longtime resident of Toms River before moving to Barnegat last year, Dr Beck has deep roots in the local community and has a long history of working to make it a better place to live and raise a family. As a teenager, he protected bathers as a lifeguard and volunteered with the Pleasant Plains First Aid Squad, later becoming a paramedic. While in college, he pursued a career in healthcare. For 17 years, he served the community as a chiropractor specializing in pediatric and family care, and built the Beck Wellness Center into a premier local health and wellness facility.

Dr. Beck is Co-Chair of CMC’s Emerging Leaders Council. He also chairs the Barnegat Township School District Community Advisory Committee and has supported the Ocean County Library Foundation, Ocean County YMCA and other local charities and organizations.

Dr. Beck and his wife, Kathleen, have two children.

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