The site that formerly housed the hexagonally shaped Myer Center building at Fort Monmouth will be home to a new outpatient care facility, Monmouth Medical Center announced June 21.
Made possible by a historic $50 million gift to the RWJBarnabas Health facility from Sheldon and the late Anne Vogel, work on the Vogel Medical Campus at Tinton Falls is expected to begin early next year, according to MMC, pending all necessary approvals.
“We are working to create an outstanding experience by making high-quality services available when, where and how patients prefer,” says Eric Carney, president and CEO of Monmouth Medical Center. “As an expansion of the MMC campus in Long Branch, the Vogel Medical Campus is located within the communities we already serve.
“It will be a future-forward facility uniquely tailored to meet the needs of our diverse and growing community,” he said.
For one thing, the location will offer patients convenience, allowing them to access multiple services in one place. The Vogel Campus is set to include surgical and imaging services, physician offices and support services, in addition to access to cancer care, provided in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey — the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The Vogel Campus isn’t the only move Monmouth Medical Center has made recently to expand its reach: MMC and Unterberg Children’s Hospital opened the Anne Vogel Family Care and Wellness Center at Eatontown’s Monmouth Mall earlier this year, which also offers access to offerings from fellow RWJBH facility Children’s Specialized Hospital. And, MMC partnered with Monmouth University to open the Linda Grunin Simulation Lab and Learning Center in West Long Branch, which offers educational experiences for medical residents, students and staff.
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RWJBarnabas acquired the former Myer Center site in 2018, after the approximately 650,000-square-foot structure that previously stood there failed to capture any viable interested for a reuse project over the prior seven years.
In addition to the gift from the Vogels, real estate executive Anne Evans Estabrook contributed $3 million last June for the new Tinton Falls campus.
“RWJBH maintains a large presence throughout New Jersey and FMERA staff is pleased that the health care provider has chosen Fort Monmouth as the location for its newest comprehensive care services campus,” The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority said at the time.
Included in the development plans for the Vogel Campus are the option to include a new acute care hospital should it be deemed necessary. According to MMC, the facility would operate in conjunction with its existing Long Branch campus, expanding upon the care already provided there. If the plans for the hospital are pursued, MMC said that construction would begin by 2027 and be completed by late 2029.
If it doesn’t pan out, the designated land will be converted to green space.