Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce a $1 million commitment from the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation of Toms River to support the hospital’s new Graduate Medical Education (GME) program. Ocean Medical Center recently announced that it received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for residency training programs in family medicine and psychiatry – practice areas in which there are serious shortages of physicians expected in New Jersey and the nation, and the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is the first to dedicate funding towards its success.
“Although the population in Ocean and Monmouth Counties continues to grow, there aren’t enough physicians to provide the quality of care that’s needed,” said Jeremy Grunin, president of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation. “Supporting the residency program and helping to attract the next generation of health care providers to our community is really exciting, not only for enhancing care, but growing the local economy, and we are honored to be a part of this initiative.”
Now accredited to offer residencies in family medicine and psychiatry, Ocean Medical Center has received significant interest from medical students across the country. The GME team received approximately 2,800 applications and is currently preparing for the inaugural class of 14 residents. As the program expands to full scale, it will be able to accommodate more than 60 residents at a time. Ocean Medical Center expects approval for an additional residency program in internal medicine in the spring of 2018.
“With these residency programs, Ocean Medical Center will become a premier community teaching hospital,’’ said Dean Q. Lin, MHA, MBA, FACHE, FCPP, regional president of Hackensack Meridian Health and president of Ocean Medical Center. “We are truly grateful for the Grunin Foundation’s philanthropic support of GME at Ocean medical Center. Their generosity will make a positive impact on the community for years to come.”
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation’s mission is to use philanthropy to increase community involvement and economic development opportunities through the arts, health care and education. “We are extremely fortunate that the Grunins have committed to supporting this medical residency program in Brick,” explains Robert Harms, chair of Ocean Medical Center Foundation.
“The Grunins have tremendous experience in health care, having been closely involved with other local health care organizations for years. By expanding their philanthropy through investing in GME at Ocean Medical Center, they are fulfilling two core components of their mission: enhancing health care and education while driving economic development in the local community.”
Eight residents will be selected from more than 1,900 applicants for the family medicine program, which is a three-year training program. Six residents will be selected from more than 975 applicants for the psychiatry program, which is a four-year training program.