When the results of Mary Ann Soehngen’s routine blood tests arrived, her family medicine physician, Sandra Arango-Fahmy, M.D., discovered she had unusually high levels of calcium.

She referred 60-year-old Mary Ann to Reema Patel, M.D., FACE, an endocrinologist and medical director of the Joslin Diabetes Center, Affiliate at Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge. Dr. Patel treats patients not only with diabetes, but also a variety of endocrine disorders, including high calcium.

Message from the President

It’s hard to believe it has only been two years since Raritan Bay Medical Center secured its future with acceptance into a world-class health care organization Hackensack Meridian Health. With this foundation in place our efforts have focused on adding new patient services, amenities, and health care technologies, increasing local access to surgical specialists and primary care physicians, and improving the quality and safety of the care we provide.

Raritan Bay Recognized for High-Quality Patient Care

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy and Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge achieved three patient care recognitions in 2017, demonstrating our commitment to providing patients with high-quality services.

Center for Robotic Surgery Surpasses Expectations, Increases Surgical Specialties

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge added the da Vinci Xi®, the most advanced robotic-assisted surgical system available, to it surgical services and opened the Center for Robotic Surgery in May 2017.

Center for Bariatric Surgery Opens at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy

Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy opened the Center for Bariatric Surgery in 2017 under the medical direction of board certified and fellowship trained general surgeon Karl Strom, M.D., FACS. Designed for people struggling with weight loss through diet and exercise, and having accompanying health problems, the new service offers a safe and healthy option to lose weight and keep it off.

Learning Garden Collaborations Growing

Raritan Bay Medical Center Integrative Health & Medicine services’ Learning Garden, a container garden education program, began summer 2015 with the goal of providing hands-on education, for children and adults, about the basics of gardening and the importance of healthy produce and proper nutrition. Initially the garden was created through a donation from Raritan Bay’s medical staff and help from numerous team members and community volunteers under the guidance of Master Gardener Connie Elek.

Leadership Team

Michael R. D’Agnes, FACHE


Thomas Shanahan, CPA

Chief Operating Officer

Michael Ciencewicki, M.D.

Vice President, Clinical Effectiveness

William Distanislao, MPA

Vice President, Operations/Old Bridge Site Executive

Jane O’Rourke, DNP, R.N., NEA-BC, CENP

Vice President, Nursing/Chief Nursing Executive

James Karaman, MBA

Vice President, Physician/Business Development

Medical Staff Leadership

Sanjeev Nayyar, M.D.


Puneet Sahgal, M.D.

Vice President

Stuart M. Homer, M.D.


Joseph Mathew, M.D.