$1 Million Gift Made to Southern Ocean Medical Center

By Maria Scandale | Jul 03, 2019
Courtesy of: Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Dr. DeMarsico (left) and Michael Armellino (right).The gift will expand the cardiac catheterization/interventional radiology lab.

Manahawkin — The Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation has received a gift of $1 million from Michael Armellino, to be used toward the expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization/Interventional Radiology Lab at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin.

“Southern Ocean Medical Center has already benefited greatly from the Armellino family’s generosity,” said Arthur DeMarsico, D.O., a vascular surgeon at the hospital. “This gift will help us greatly advance cardiac care and vascular services for our patients and will have a transformational impact on our community for years to come. We are so thankful for their generosity.”

Long-time donors to SOMC, the Armellino family had previously given $1 million to name the telemetry unit in memory of their daughter, Tracy Armellino. They have also donated to the medical center’s emergency and cancer centers.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be able to give back,” said Michael Armellino. “Southern Ocean Medical Center is my local hospital, and I want to support the medical center’s efforts to offer the most advanced cardiac care to help our community when they are in need. I could not be happier to contribute to this great project.”

The upgrades to the cardiac catheterization laboratory will enable more patients to receive care using the finest diagnostic equipment, hospital representatives said.

Having cutting-edge equipment is essential to patient outcomes, with more than 1 million cardiac catheterizations occurring annually in the U.S. The procedure is used to diagnose the presence of heart, artery or valve disease, evaluate the functionality of heart muscle and determine if there is a need for further treatment, such as interventional procedures like balloon angioplasty, stent placement or bypass surgery.

“We are extremely grateful to Michael for his support,” said Regina Foley, PhD, MBA, RN, chief hospital executive of SOMC. “We must constantly grow to provide the most advanced diagnostics and treatments for our community. With the help of generous donors like the Armellino family, our medical center is better able to offer the care that patients deserve.”

Not only will Armellino’s investment benefit SOMC, but it brings Meridian Health Foundation, to which the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation belongs, one step closer to reaching its fundraising goal of $150 million as part of the organization’s Giving Heals campaign.

The campaign supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs. More than $90 million has been raised so far to benefit eight Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Riverview Medical Center and SOMC.

To learn how to make a gift to SOMC or to the Giving Heals campaign, call Jim Young, executive director of the Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, at 609-978-3040 or visit the website Hackensackmeridianhealth.org/givingheals.  —M.S.

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