‘Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center’  is Funded Through Golden Dome Foundation Pledge. Join in the October 11th Oktoberfest Celebration of HMH Bayshore Medical Center's new Emergency Care Center, reserve here. 

Holmdel, NJ – September 26, 2019 – Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center Foundation is pleased to reveal that the new Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ, will be called the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center. The Emergency Care Center, currently under construction, will be named by Mary Ellen Harris, Golden Dome Foundation founder, in honor of Dr. Robert H. Harris, thanks to a generous gift made by the foundation.

The pledge, the largest in Bayshore Medical Center’s history, offers exclusive naming rights to the Golden Dome Foundation, a Middletown, NJ-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2015 by the late Dr. Robert H. Harris and his wife – the organization’s current president – Mary Ellen Harris, to support charitable causes.

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“This naming and gift is an auspicious moment for Bayshore Medical Center,” says Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer of Hackensack Meridian Health Meridian Health Foundation, to which Bayshore Medical Center Foundation belongs. “The new Dr. Robert. H. Harris Emergency Care Center will mean a great deal to the community and we are incredibly grateful to the Golden Dome Foundation for their generosity and support of this monumental project.”

The 32,000 square foot expansion will provide space necessary for the medical staff to address the needs of the community in a comfortable and private environment. Located on the Garden State Parkway side of the campus, it will contain 35 patient bays, swing space with capacity for pediatric care and new imaging equipment dedicated to Emergency Care Center patients.

“We are privileged to accept this generous donation from the Golden Dome Foundation,” says Frank Citara, MBA, Bayshore Medical Center’s chief hospital executive. “It is our great honor to announce the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center. The founders and trustees of this foundation have deep roots in the Holmdel region and are connected to Bayshore through many care experiences, most significantly, through Niranjan Shah, M.D., who inspired this gift through his passionate advocacy of our hospital.”

In addition to creating additional space in which to treat patients, the project also incorporates a new medical center lobby, including a reception and waiting area and interior renovations to the corridor linking each side of the medical center and creating a new main corridor. The new main entrance will be repositioned to the rear of the medical center where the current Emergency Care Center sits.

“This hospital is an important part of the community, and our neighbors deserve access to the best care available,” says Mary Ellen Harris. “My husband, Bob, for whom this building is named, had a love for medicine and great respect for the work of the care team at Bayshore Medical Center. As a pioneer in innovative research, he was always trying to improve the quality of life for the people his work impacted, and I know he’d be proud to help improve the working environment for clinicians, while enhancing care for patients.”

Hackensack Meridian Health has invested heavily in the new Emergency Care Center, which will have the capacity to care for 55,000 people annually. The new center will offer decreased wait times and increased efficiency so that patients with emergent needs have access to the most advanced emergency care available – right in their own backyard.

The pledge by the Golden Dome Foundation contributes to a $150 million fundraising goal as part of Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign. Giving Heals, which has currently raised more than $96 million, supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: Bayshore Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

To learn more about how you can support the development of the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center, please contact Jennifer Smith, vice president of development, Bayshore Medical Center Foundation, at 732-751-5115 or jenniferl.smith@hackensackmeridian.org. To learn more about the Giving Heals campaign, please visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/GivingHeals

ABOUT BAYSHORE MEDICAL CENTER Bayshore Medical Center is a 211-bed not-for-profit community hospital located in Holmdel, New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including: emergency medicine, cardiac catheterization, surgical services, wound care, sleep services, diagnostic imaging, women's services with digital mammography, as well as a designated primary stroke center. Its Center for Bariatrics is one of the most comprehensive in the region offering free informational sessions, pre-surgical education and evaluation, personal guidance through the surgical process, nutritional support, exercise components and support groups. For more information, visit www.bayshorehospital.org.
ABOUT THE MERIDIAN HEALTH FOUNDATION GIVING HEALS CAMPAIGN Giving Heals is a $150 million regional comprehensive campaign to raise funds for strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. Publicly announced at the Meridian Health Foundation Gala on November 17, 2018, the campaign will run through 2020. Over $90 million dollars has been raised to date to support following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 34,100 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Health care’s “150 Top Places to Work in Health care/2018” list.

The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its first class of students in 2018 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. 

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies. For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.