Joseph Cannatelli, a 73-year-old Barnegat resident, loves dancing, exercising and spending time with his wife, Rosemary, and family. When his neighbor scheduled an annual vascular checkup, Joseph decided to follow suit.

In early 2017, Joseph made an appointment at a hospital in southern New Jersey. He had an ultrasound that revealed a 90 percent blockage in the carotid arteries, which are major blood vessels leading to the brain. The blockage was caused by plaque buildup, which greatly increases the risk for a heart attack, heart disease or a major stroke.

President’s Message

Message from the President
If I had to choose one word to sum up 2017 at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, it would be “growth.” We’ve grown physically with the HOPE Tower project, experienced phenomenal volume increases, welcomed many new physicians, and earned numerous accolades for the exceptional work that is done at our medical center. Key to our success is the hard work and dedication of our team members and incredible physician partnerships.

The Home Stretch for HOPE Tower

2017 was an exciting year to see the full size and scope of the HOPE Tower project come to fruition. The $265 million investment on the east side of Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s campus now stands out as one of the tallest buildings in the area. Interior construction, equipment installation, millwork and finishing details took place throughout the year.

Validating Our Quality Care

Receiving third party recognition and endorsements is always an incredible way to validate the exceptional care provided at our medical center. Jersey Shore University Medical Center was recognized as a best hospital for 2017-2018 by U.S. News & World Report, ranking #4 in New Jersey and #11 in the New York metro area. In addition, we were recognized as high performing in eight common adult procedures and conditions including heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip and knee replacement, lung and colon cancer surgery.

Extraordinary Performance and Growth

2017 was an exciting year of growth at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, with phenomenal results in outpatient, inpatient and tertiary services. With the addition of several new obstetricians, labor and delivery births skyrocketed, up 14.8% from the prior year. This baby boom of 2,478 births in 2017 has supported plans for a maternity expansion project that is now underway. It also contributed to NICU growth surpassing expectations with a 19% volume increase.

Physicians Are Making Us Their Hospital of Choice

Having a vibrant and strong medical staff is critical to the success of a medical center, and we are extremely fortunate to have tremendous talent at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. It’s a symbiotic relationship, where the hospital must be ahead of the curve and offer advanced technology, skilled nursing and support teams, and quality care to attract physicians who bring specialized training and expertise to our community. Clearly, there’s something great going on at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, as our medical staff has nearly doubled in the past six years and now boasts 1,500 professionals!

Advances in Academics

Medical education, on the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels, is one of the highest priorities at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. This commitment led to significant expansion of the residency and fellowship training programs. In 2017, the medical center added a Cardiology Fellowship Program, earning us the elite status of being only the seventh program (out of more than 40 teaching hospitals) in the state of New Jersey that has been approved to provide advanced training in cardiovascular diseases. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is also the only cardiology fellowship sponsored by a hospital within the Hackensack Meridian Health network.

Changing Lives through Research

Along with academics goes research, and we were proud to see great progress with our Biorepository. Opened in 2016 with a total of 51 samples, we surpassed targets in 2017 and collected 287 samples. A biorepository can be described as a “library” where specimens are stored. It is a very high-tech storage unit, which includes a refrigerator, -20º C freezer, -80º C freezer and a liquid nitrogen freezer, where biospecimens (such as tumors, tissue and blood) are stored for research purposes.

Innovation to Enhance the Guest Experience

Finding ways to improve the guest experience while focusing on efficiency and quality of care has been at the forefront of several initiatives in 2017. Building upon the success of the Tele Stroke program, Jersey Shore University Medical Center piloted a Tele Behavioral Health initiative in the Emergency Department.

Leadership Team

Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP

Jersey Shore University Medical Center
K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Kim Carpenter, M.D., FAAFP

Chief Medical Officer

Andrew Smithson

Vice President of Operations

David S. Kountz, M.D.

Vice President, Academic Affairs
Co-Chief Academic Officer for Hackensack Meridian Health

Donna Ciufo, DNP, R.N., FNP-BC, NE-BC, CCRN

Vice President Nursing, Chief Nurse Executive

W. Timothy Foley

Vice President, Physician and Business Development

Medical Staff Leadership

Brian S. Erler, M.D.

Medical & Dental Staff President

Glenn S Parker, M.D.

Vice President

Eric Costanzo, D.O.


Andrew Blechman, M.D.