Press Release

For Immediate Release
Apr 27, 2012
Contact : Donna Sellman, Manager Public Relations  

Ocean Medical Center Expansion Project Galvanized with $5 Million Gift

New Emergency Department to be named after Hirair and Anna Hovnanian  

Brick, NJ - Guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for Ocean Medical Center’s Master Facility Plan – which includes a new Emergency Department – were among the first to learn of a transformational gift of $5 million from the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation. The gift is one of the largest ever given to an organization in Ocean County.

The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center was announced by daughter Edele Hovnanian during groundbreaking festivities on April 26, to embark on a Master Facility Plan expansion project for Ocean Medical Center. The hallmark feature of the project is a new Emergency Department that is more than triple the size of the existing department. The project also includes a basement for critical support services, and second and third floor shell space that will eventually contain expanded diagnostic and treatment services, as well as private patient care units.

“This generous and inspirational gift will transform the way emergency care is provided, and promote philanthropy throughout the community,” said John K. Lloyd, FACHE, president of Meridian Health. “We are thrilled to welcome Edele Hovnanian and her family to Ocean and Meridian, as they help us build the strongest health system in the state.”

“My father is forever indebted to Ocean County for so much of his success, and has made a conscious effort to ingrain in his children the importance of giving back to the community,” said Edele Hovnanian, vice president and director of the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation, Inc. “My father started his business in Brick. I was born in this community. We want you to know that the Hovnanian family will always be there for you. This is just the beginning of a special relationship.”

In 2011, Ocean Medical Center treated more than 51,000 patients in its current Emergency Department, which was originally built to accommodate 17,000 visits. The new facility will expand capacity to care for up to 70,000 people annually. Key features of the new Emergency Department include 49 private patient bays, an eight-bay private area for pediatric patients, designated space for express care patients, and a safe and secure private area for behavioral health patients.

“Our Master Facility Plan is designed to accommodate the changing needs of our region, which is driven greatly by the population growth in Ocean county,” says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. “The new emergency department, in particular, addresses a very immediate need. Support from the Hovnanian family and the community at large will help us to respond to the growing needs of the community and fulfill our mission.”

The entire scope of the project expected to cost $82 million. Construction will begin mid-May 2012 and last approximately 20 months. The new facility is anticipated to open in February 2014. Throughout the construction project, Ocean Medical Center will continue to provide services as usual and the current Emergency Department will continue to be open 24/7. The medical center’s satellite emergency department, the Ocean Care Center in Point Pleasant, is another resource available for emergency injuries or illnesses and is also available 24/7.

Kevin Buckelew, chairman of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation, and Richard Goldman, co-chairman of the Capital Campaign Advisory Committee, were especially excited about the Hovnanian gift. The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation gift was presented as a Challenge Gift. They will match every dollar for dollar raised from the community, up to $5 million.

Buckelew, Goldman, and committee members who are heading up fundraising efforts, believe that this landmark gift will galvanize community support and launch a renewed culture of philanthropy at Ocean Medical Center.

“Hirair and Anna Hovnanian have created a legacy in Ocean County, which began right here in Brick. This gift is a tremendous demonstration of giving back to the community, and investing in a community centerpiece that will touch the lives of generations to come,” says Buckelew. “Their inspiring family story sets an example for us all.”

About the Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation

The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation was incorporated in 1986. Its mission is to make donations for charitable, religious, medical, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. Hirair and Anna are deeply invested in both the local community and the Armenian community through philanthropy.

About Ocean Medical Center

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Ocean County, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a System Partner, along with the other Meridian Health facilities, with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state’s first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-DOCTORS or log on to our web site at