Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Raises More Than $175,000 at Annual Signature Social

By Maria Scandale | Jul 31, 2019
Courtesy of: Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation Southern Ocean Medical Center Signature Social co-chairs Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., Kimberly Hogan, M.D., Jane Yu and Thomas Yu, M.D., helped to raise more than $175,000 to benefit programs and services at the hospital.

Manahawkin — The fifth annual Signature Social, held July 19 by the Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center Foundation, raised more than $175,000 in support of programs and services at Southern Ocean Medical Center. The cocktail reception took place at Bonnet Island Estate, where more than 230 guests joined in celebration of the hospital.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the community surrounding Southern Ocean Medical Center, who show their support for the hospital in many different ways,” said Kimberly Hogan, M.D., family medicine physician at SOMC and reception co-chair. “Their investment in our local hospital helps to provide area residents and visitors with superb care, access to the newest technologies and the development of programs that help to maintain health and wellness.”

Funds raised at events such as the Signature Social contribute toward a $150 million fundraising goal as part of the Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign. Giving Heals supports four important initiatives: strengthening oncology services, improving clinical outcomes, enhancing the patient experience and broadening clinical research and academic programs at the following Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers in Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties: Jersey Shore University Medical Center, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, Bayshore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center.

The evening featured a cocktail-style format, an array of hors d’oeuvres and stations, music, dancing and a 50/50 raffle. Additionally, George Way, whose wife, Noreen, received care at SOMC for more than five years, offered emotional remarks of gratitude to the physicians and clinicians who cared for her during her illness.

Guests at the social also learned more about recent developments at SOMC, including recognition of the hospital’s second “A” rating by The Leapfrog Group, which measures hospital quality and safety.

Speakers included Hogan; Regina Foley, Ph.D., chief hospital executive, Southern Ocean Medical Center; Thomas Dolan, chairman of the SOMC Foundation Board of Trustees; and Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health.

“Southern Ocean Medical Center is a special place,” said Sable. “Despite its relatively small size in comparison to other New Jersey medical centers, it is doing very big things in terms of the care it is able to provide to the community – particularly when it comes to treating cancer and cardiac and vascular diseases. Philanthropy helps to make that possible through the purchase of the state-of-the-art equipment needed to best treat those ailments. We are extremely grateful for the support of generous donors, who give in both big and small amounts.”

Joseph Stampe, president and chief development officer for the Meridian Health Foundation, said the medical center is fortunate to have a strong board and community who are deeply committed to supporting the hospital.

“Whether giving of their time at one of the medical center’s four auxiliaries, making a $1 million donation like that from area resident Mike Armellino, leaving a bequest, attending the Signature Social, or giving what they can afford, we are grateful for the support,” Stampe said. “The money raised at this event will make a true difference for the hospital and the community.”

The reception was co-chaired by Hogan, Joseph Lattanzi, M.D., Thomas Yu, M.D., and Jane Yu and supported by celebration sponsor the medical team at SOMC and reception sponsors Coastal Imaging and Walters Homes.

To learn more about how to support the SOMC Foundation, the Giving Heals campaign, or how to volunteer time in support of the medical center, contact James Young, executive director, at or 609-978-3040.

— Maria Scandale

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