AcuteCare Health System Relocates Specialty Hospital at Monmouth to Expanded Facilities in Lakewood

CONTACT: Violeta PetersAcuteCare Health System Relocates Specialty Hospital at Monmouth to Expanded Facilities in LakewoodLAKEWOOD, NJ, July 17, 2013 — AcuteCare Health System recently culminated an important chapter of its first decade of growth by closing Specialty Hospital at Monmouth and consolidating its “hospital-within-a-hospital” operations at Specialty Hospital at Kimball.The result is the establishment of Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey, an expanded 50-bed long term acute care hospital (LTACH), located at Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood. The consolidation bolsters ACHS’s highly esteemed reputation as the region’s leading independent provider of hospital-based care that extends beyond 25 days.

“While we’re saying good-bye to our facility at Monmouth Medical Center and thanking our host hospital and departments that have provided us with direct services, we look forward to continuing our growth at larger, consolidated facilities at Kimball Medical Center,” said Violeta Peters, R.N., M.A., chief executive officer of AcuteCare Health System, during a closing reception attended by more than 100 staff members of

Specialty Hospital at Monmouth, as well as many Monmouth Medical Center leadership team and staff members.

Opened in 2004, Specialty Hospital at Monmouth, located within Long Branch-based Monmouth Medical Center, became New Jersey’s first LTACH for patients with medically complex conditions who require an extended hospital stay. During that nearly 10-year period, some 2,700 patients were admitted to the extended care hospital.

ACHS chief medical officer Howard Lebowitz, M.D., attributed this success to Specialty Hospital’s proven combination of high-tech medical care and a culture of caring that is unmatched in this highly specialized setting that is emerging along the health care continuum. “By treating patients individually and adjusting treatment according to the dynamic changes in their critical, medical progress, we continue to make enormous progress in bringing patients and their families renewed hope for healing and improved health,” he said.

Most members of Specialty Hospital of Monmouth’s staff have joined Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey. “With the consolidation, we are strengthening all staff and services under one roof, where we will continue to provide our special kind of care,” Peters added. “We remain committed to providing our patients with advanced care through a full spectrum of programs that are coordinated by this highly skilled clinical team.”

Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey’s full complement of health care practitioners includes physicians, nurses, respiratory, physical, occupational and speech therapists, social workers, case managers, nutritionists and other allied professionals.

Additionally, each team member is highly skilled in their field of expertise, primarily in the arena of high-acuity care and in other specialties that best meet patients’ needs — an important factor that contributes to improved outcomes for a growing number of patients who require Specialty Hospital’s state-of the-art services, including ventilator weaning, parenteral nutrition, respiratory and cardiac monitoring, dialysis, long term antibiotic therapy, and wound care resulting from surgery, diabetes and pressure ulcers.

ACHS also marked the relocation of Specialty Hospital at Monmouth by honoring its departing medical director, Eddie Santiago, M.D., who has led its team of physicians and advanced practice nurses for the past six years.

“Dr. Santiago has been the beacon at Specialty Hospital at Monmouth during his 10 years of dedicated service,” said Dr. Lebowitz. “His unique style — combining warmth and sensitivity along with a keen wit to the complex care we provide — has been an inspiration to patients, family and staff.”

Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Santiago plans to concentrate on his West Long Branch-based private practice and continue in his role as a member of the teaching faculty at Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health affiliate.

For more information about AcuteCare Health System and Specialty Hospital of Central Jersey, call 732-806-3200 or visit its Web site at

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