Our History

Located in the heart of one of the largest and fastest growing counties in the state, Ocean Medical Center has become a vital part of the community since its opening in 1984.

Following are some key moments from our history which speak to our development and establishment as a destination of choice for health care in the region:

  • In 1918, the hospital began in four rooms in the Point Pleasant Beach home of Dr. Frank Denniston, a physician whose teenage assistant, Arnold Lane, later became the hospital administrator for 33 years.

  • In the late 1920's, the 16-bed Point Pleasant Hospital was built on land that Dr. Denniston’s family owned along the river. 

  • Arnold Lane retired as hospital administrator in 1970. He was credited with establishing the first hospital boat dock and one of the first hospital heliports in the state.

  • In 1982, Point Pleasant Hospital changed its name to Northern Ocean Hospital System and construction began on Brick Hospital.

  • Brick Hospital opened in 1984 with 120 beds.

  • In 1987, the Northern Ocean Hospital System changed its name to Medical Center of Ocean County, comprised of Point Pleasant Hospital and Brick Hospital.

  • To meet a long-standing need in the area for inpatient rehabilitation, the Medical Center of Ocean County, Jersey Shore Medical Center and JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute joined forces to create Shore Rehabilitation Institute at Point Pleasant Hospital in 1995.

  • Point Pleasant Hospital closed in 2001. The state’s first satellite emergency department for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses opened at the former hospital.

  • In 2003, the Medical Center of Ocean County became Ocean Medical Center as part of Meridian Health’s new brand initiative.

  • Ocean Medical Center’s East Wing expansion project was completed in 2004. The $43 million project added a four-story building that includes Shore Rehabilitation Institute and a state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit, as well as a three-story parking garage.

  • Also in 2004, Ocean Care Center, Ocean Medical Center’s satellite emergency facility, relocated near the intersection of Routes 35 and 88 in Point Pleasant. The Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • Ocean Medical Center has evolved into a 241-bed acute care hospital offering Ocean County’s first primary angioplasty program, high-risk cardiac catheterization, a full range of oncology services including one of the most advanced radiation oncology departments in the area, orthopedic and rehabilitation services and a modified single-room maternity unit.  

  • In 2006, with the opening of the Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) Unit - a 40-bed inpatient unit dedicated to caring for the elderly - Ocean expanded again to meet the needs of our community. With Shore Rehabilitation Institute, Ocean Medical Center is a 315-bed facility.