Press Release

For Immediate Release
Sep 25, 2018
Contact : April Dunic, Hackensack Meridian Health  

Ocean Medical Center Team Members Awarded Forfar Nursing Scholarships


Brick, NJ - The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship committee presented its 2018 scholarships on Wednesday, September 19 at Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center to deserving recipients, Lisa Carr of Brick Township, Renee Nebus, also of Brick Township and Ryan Smith of Forked River. Each recipient received a $500 scholarship to further their nursing education.

Lisa Carr has been with Hackensack Meridian Health for 11 years. She began her career in health care as a Registered Nurse and is now part of the surgical services team. Carr is a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN), holds national certification as a Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR) and is a clinical resource on the CARE Clinical Ladder at Ocean Medical Center. She is an active member of the Operating Room Shared Governance Committee, Safety Committee and Green Committee. Lisa is pursuing her BSN degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing with an expected completion date of July 2019.

Renee Nebus has been a member of the Hackensack Meridian Health family for 23 years, beginning her career in 1994 as a telemetry technician in Point Pleasant Hospital while attending Ocean County College. In 1996, she obtained her AAS in Nursing and has since remained a valued team member of Ocean Medical Center, first in Endoscopy and then moving to the surgical services team where she currently works. She was mentored by scholarship namesake Barbara Forfar during her first several years in surgical services. Nebus has been a member of the Cultural Ambassador Committee since 2015, is also a member of AORN and also holds national CNOR certification. Renee is pursuing her BSN degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing with an anticipated completion date of December 2019.

Ryan Smith is pursuing his RN degree in Nursing at Ocean County College with an anticipated completion date of December 2018. After growing up in Southern California, Smith became certified as an EMT and then started at Ocean Medical Center in July 2016 as a Patient Care Technician in the Critical Care Unit. Ryan also has keen interests in surgical services, as well as Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit procedures.

Now in its eighth year, The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund has awarded $17,000 to 30 nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center. The scholarship fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in the nursing profession. It was created to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar, or “Foof,” as she was called by her fellow nurses and colleagues, and her 44 years of dedication to the nursing profession – with all but three years of her service associated with Ocean Medical Center.

For more information about The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund, including how to make a donation to the fund, please visit or connect with The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund on Facebook or Twitter.

Located in Brick, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center has been ranked #8 in New Jersey and #17 in the New York Metro area by U.S. News & World Report in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Serving southern Monmouth and Ocean counties, Ocean Medical Center is an advanced care hospital that offers the convenience and easy access of a community hospital with the high technology advances and expertise of a major medical center featuring expert care coordinated by a team of top specialists in emergency, cardio vascular, women’s health, cancer and orthopedic services. Delivering on this promise, Ocean Medical Center recently opened an innovative medical-surgical floor equipped with 36 private patient beds that integrates technology and design to transform the patient experience and empower patients to return to their lives as soon as possible. This forward thinking renovation project completed the $82 million expansion including the 44,300 square foot state-of-the-art Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center and a new comprehensive Cancer Center. Ocean Medical Center officially became a premier community-based teaching hospital with the launch of its inaugural class of family medicine and psychiatry residents. Future medical education developments include the addition of an Internal Medicine residency program in spring 2019. The medical center provides 24/7 obstetrical hospitalist coverage and a dedicated obstetrical emergency department to enhance the continuity of care for women and their infants. Certified by the Joint Commission as an accredited orthopedic program, Ocean Medical Center is a designation for orthopedic joint replacements where more than 1,000 joint replacements are done annually. Other key services include: designation as a Primary Stroke Center; brain lab neurological surgery, DaTscan and advanced imaging technology; da Vinci® robotic surgery; general thoracic and vascular surgery; one of the nation’s most advanced cardiac catheterization laboratories and cardiac services; acute care of the elderly; and critical care services. The medical center has achieved Magnet® recognition, one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence and high-quality patient care and has received the 2018 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for superior safety performance. Ocean Medical Center received the highest score in the hospital network for team member engagement in the Great Places To Work® survey. Additional certifications and awards include: 2018 Get with the Guidelines® continuous quality improvement awards for Heart Failure Gold Plus Award, Stroke Gold Plus and Stroke Honor Roll Elite Awards, the 2018 ACTION Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award and the 2016 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. The medical center also operates the state’s first satellite Emergency Care Center in Point Pleasant, the Ocean Care Center, and hospital-based programs at Jackson Health Village.