Social Raises Nearly $200K For Southern Ocean Medical’s Programs

Leaders from Hackensack Meridian Health and Meridian Health Foundation gather with event chairs during the 3rd Annual Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Signature Social. Thomas Dolan, Chair of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, James Young, Executive Director of Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, Joseph Stampe, President of Meridian Health Foundation, Thomas Yu, M.D., Jane Yu, Kim Hogan, M.D., Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., John Lloyd, Co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, Dean Lin, Regional President of Hackensack Meridian Health and Robert Adams, President of Southern Ocean Medical Center. (Photo courtesy Hackensack Meridian Health)

MANAHAWKIN – Nearly $200,000 was raised at the Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation’s 3rd Annual Signature Social on July 28. The money will be used to support various programs and services at Southern Ocean Medical Center.

The cocktail reception was held at Bonnet Island Estate on Long Beach Island, where over 200 guests showed up to learn about the hospital’s recent achievements. Attendees also enjoyed live music, gourmet food and dancing.

“Over the past few years, we have seen remarkable growth at Southern Ocean Medical Center,” explained Thomas Yu, M.D., diagnostic radiology specialist and reception co-chair. “Philanthropy contributes greatly to the hospital’s advancements, so we are grateful for everyone who came out to this event and expressed interest in becoming further involved.”

Guests at the social learned about recent developments at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Those developments include a brand new Emergency Department and Cancer Care Center, renovations to the main lobby and outpatient care areas, and a partnership between Hackensack Meridian Health and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which will allow patients to benefit from world-class cancer care procedures.

Emergency Department nurse at Bayshore Medical Center Linda Poling served as a guest speaker at the social, sharing a heartwarming story about the life-saving care that her mother, Dolores Lydakis, received from Dr. Yu and other medical staff at Southern Ocean Medical Center.

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“We are fortunate that a very engaged and energized group attended this year’s Signature Social,” said Robert H. Adams, Jr., FACHE, President of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “Seeing the community come together for such a wonderful cause is truly inspirational and shows promise that we will only continue to excel in years to come.”

The social reception was co-chaired by Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., Kimberly Hogan, M.D., Dr. Thomas Yu and Jane Yu, and supported by Celebration Sponsor, Southern Ocean Medical Center Medical Staff and Reception Sponsors, Coastal Radiology, Dr. Lattanzi, Dr. Hogan and Phoenix Medical Construction.

To learn more about Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, or to make a donation, visit or contact Executive Director James Young at or 609-978-3040.