February 4, 2023

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center recently unveiled a new treatment facility expanding neurological care in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

The $2.2 million Dr. The nearly 10,000 square foot Robert H. Harris Neuroscience Treatment Center houses experts in neurological diseases and conditions and is part of Hackensack Meridian Health’s Neuroscience Institute.

With this new center in the Amdur Pavilion, the outpatient neuroscience services are now consolidated on the Neptun campus along with the neurosurgical practices in the nearby HOPE Tower.

Pictured from left: Jackie Bartley-Oxley, Vice President, Gift Planning, Hackensack Meridian Health Foundation; dr Shabbar Danish, Chair of Neurosurgery, Jersey Shore University Medical Center; dr Alan Colicchio, Chair of Neurology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Medical Director, Neuroscience Care Transformation Service, Hackensack Meridian Health, Southern Market; and Mary Ellen Harris, President of the Golden Dome Foundation. – HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

The center, which celebrated with a grand opening on Jan. 14, was made possible in part by “a generous gift” from the Middletown-based nonprofit Golden Dome Foundation.

The medical center did not provide any information about the amount of the gift.

The 2015 by the late Dr. Founded by Robert Harris and his wife and current President, Mary Ellen Harris, the foundation has invested in several Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers, including Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

“My husband has dedicated his life to advancing research to improve the quality of life for people dealing with diseases and disorders,” Harris said in a statement. “Making this gift and expanding his legacy by naming this new center is simply a continuation of his life’s work. The community needs access to the best possible care and I am honored and honored to be able to play a part in helping those in need receive it. I hope that this new center will help many people.”

The treatment center will offer advanced diagnostic tests and treatments for conditions such as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, neuro-oncology, epilepsy and seizures, headaches and migraines, and stroke prevention.

Fast facts about the
Jersey Shore University Medical Center
  • The ALS Center is one of only two ALS Association certified premier treatment centers in the state.
  • His MS center is one of only two recognized by the National MS Society as a center for comprehensive MS care.
  • It is the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Monmouth and Ocean counties certified by the Joint Commission and licensed by the New Jersey Department of Health.

according to dr Alan Colicchio, Chair of Neurology, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Medical Director, Neuroscience Care Transformation Service, Hackensack, Demand for neurology services in New Jersey is expected to grow more than 12% over the next 10 years, according to Meridian Health, Southern Market .

In addition, “visits to neurologists per 1,000 residents in the Monmouth/Ocean area exceed the state average according to health care utilization projections,” he added.

“With that in mind, over the past two years we have recruited 19 leading neuroscience experts from across the state and country to expand our comprehensive and nationally recognized neurological care services,” said Colicchio.

Vito Buccellato, President and Chief Hospital Executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center added, “The new center has been specifically designed to consolidate services that are more convenient and highly accessible for our patients and their families in one central location.”

Healthgrades recently named Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center one of America’s Top 250 Hospitals.

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