TOMS RIVER, NJ — Community Medical Center and Children’s Specialized Hospital have broken ground on a new medical services building that will provide an array of outpatient health care for adults and children.
The 86,000-square-foot building, being built at 171 St. Catherine Blvd., just off Route 37 in Toms River, near the Orchards at Dover mall, is anticipated to be completed in early 2023, officials said.
Community Medical Center will occupy 37,594 square feet in the three-story building and will offer services including imaging, ambulatory surgery, pre-admission testing, and physical and occupational therapy. RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group’s primary care and orthopedic physicians will also have offices in the building.
“Our new medical hub will serve as a premier healthcare destination for Toms River and the surrounding areas, enabling us to transform how we deliver care by bringing a range of services directly to the community,” said Patrick Ahearn, chief executive officer of Community Medical Center.
Children’s Specialized Hospital will occupy the remaining 48,406 square feet, and will move the services currently offered in its Lakehurst Road and Stevens Road offices to the new building to provide the care in one location. These services include developmental and behavioral pediatrics, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry and psychology, and occupational, physical, and speech therapy.
“Children’s Specialized Hospital has a longstanding commitment to children and youth with special health care needs,” said Matthew B. McDonald III, MD, president and CEO of Children’s Specialized Hospital. “Today is a remarkable milestone on their behalf where we will have the opportunity to better serve those kids in this community.”
Children’s Specialized Hospital provides of inpatient and outpatient care for children and young adults from birth to 21 years old facing special health care challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to a full scope of developmental, behavioral, and mental health concerns. It has 14 locations in New Jersey.
The groundbreaking ceremony included an array of officials with RWJ Barnabas, the parent organization of both Community and Children’s Specialized Hospital, along with local officials and Todd and Jackie Frazier, who participated as part of their support for a $45 million fundraising campaign for Children’s Specialized Hospital. That campaign aims to support its expansion into additional communities, and has raised more than $34 million so far, officials said.
The Fraziers are honorary co-chairs of the campaign, called Transforming Lives 2.0.
“We are so excited to see this new facility brought to our community to uplift Toms River and hopefully change a lot of children’s lives,” the Fraziers said. “We can’t wait to see all the children whose lives will be impacted in such positive ways and hope we can put a smile on some of their faces.”
“Our goal is to make quality care more accessible in the communities we serve,” said Andy Anderson, MD, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health Medical Group. “This new health care hub demonstrates our commitment to that goal and increases our ability to foster enhanced health and wellness for individuals and families in Ocean County.”
Also participating in the groundbreaking were: Ed McKenna, senior partner at McKenna, Dupont, Stone & Washburne, and a member of the board of trustees of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Mark Montenero, president of Autoland Toyota, Chrysler, Jeep and RAM Trucks and trustee of the CSH Foundation; Charles Chianese, VP and COO of Children’s Specialized Hospital; Phil Salerno, president and chief development officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation; Neil Bryant, vice president of operations and COO of Community Medical Center; Donald E. Jump, chair of the board of trustees of Community Medical Center, and Toms River Mayor Maurice “Mo” Hill.