BRICK – The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation Toms River recently donated $1 million to the new Graduate Medical Education program created by the Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean Medical Center Foundation.
After official accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the Ocean Medical Center announced that it would be opening up residency training programs in the areas of family medicine and psychiatry.
These areas of medicine are experiencing severe shortages of medical professionals throughout NJ and the country. The generous support from the Grunin Foundation will help support the purpose of these brand new programs.
“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.”
The graduate programs have already received interest from many students and about 2,800 applications. Ocean Medical Center is currently preparing for an inaugural class of 14 residents, and with the expansion of the program, will see more than 60 residents in the programs.
“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.”
As part of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation’s mission, this generous donation will help redirect the next generation of medical professionals to the areas where they are needed most.
“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.”
For more information about how you can support Ocean Medical Center’s GME program, contact Matthew D. Lang, CFRE, executive director of Ocean Medical Center Foundation at [email protected] or 732-751-5116. For more information about the GME program, visit OceanMedicalCenter.com/GME.