Deana Transue, 51, of Lakewood, enjoys the summer months spending time with friends at the beach, taking pictures and crabbing. Unfortunately, this past summer was different than she had planned. Just as Deana was about to receive her Bachelor of Science in nursing, she wound up in the Emergency Department at Ocean Medical Center with severe abdominal pains. A CT scan and ultrasound revealed a mass in her colon.

Message from the President

Our success at Ocean Medical Center is a result of the combined commitment of team members, physicians and supporters that demonstrates to ourselves and the community that we are fully committed to providing the best possible health care experience.

Notable Recognitions

Our winning team continues to earn accolades in excellence and quality. In addition to being ranked #8 by U.S. News & World Report as one of best regional hospitals in New Jersey and #17 in the N.J. Metro Area for the second consecutive year, Ocean Medical Center continues to exceed national benchmarks for patient safety.

Humanity in Health Care: Seeing the Person in the Patient

Humanity in health care rests on an awareness of patients as human beings first, patients second, by creating a culture of compassion focused on providing high-quality care and enhancing the patient experience.

On the Forefront of Innovation and Technology

As a leader in innovation, Ocean prides itself on doing things differently and effectively. With the successful completion of the patient engagement technology pilot called EMMI (Expectation Management and Medical Information), patients were empowered to actively manage their care. Results have proven a 33% reduction in care gaps for wellness visits, higher HCAHPS scores were achieved with 12% increase in an overall rating for the hospital and, there was a 20% improvement in care transitions.

Training the Physicians of Tomorrow

Significant progress was made to evolve into a premier community teaching hospital. Ocean Medical Center received initial approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in family medicine and psychiatry, practice areas in which there are serious shortages of physicians in New Jersey and the nation.

Leadership Team


Regional President, Hackensack Meridian Health
President, Ocean Medical Center

Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA

Chief Operating Officer

Ellen Angelo, DNP, MSN, RN, CCRN

Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive

Vincent J. Vivona, D.O., JD, FACP, FCLM, CHCQM

Chief Medical Officer

Cindy Lantz, RN, MPA

Vice President, Physician and Business Development

Marie Foley-Danecker, RN, MSN, CCRN, NE-BC

Senior Manager, Patient Care

Ken Souchek PT, DPT

Senior Manager, Operations
Corporate Director, Orthopedics/Rehabilitation

Medical Staff Leadership

Thomas R. Lake, M.D.


Walter A. Wynkoop, M.D.

Vice President

Michael S. Rothberg, M.D.


Kenneth E. Kronhaus, M.D.