Monday, September 22, 2014
MSK’s new outpatient facility in the Jersey Shore area will enable more people to access outstanding cancer care closer to home.
Memorial Sloan Kettering will further enhance its ability to offer top cancer care to more patients with the establishment of a new outpatient suburban location in Monmouth County, New Jersey. MSK Monmouth, scheduled to open in fall 2016, will offer comprehensive services delivered by MSK clinicians and other MSK healthcare professionals closer to home for patients who reside in the Jersey Shore area and beyond.
At a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony held on September 18, Richard Barakat, Deputy Physician-in-Chief for the Regional Care Network and the MSK Cancer Alliance, remarked, “As a leader in cancer research and treatment, we are acutely aware at Memorial Sloan Kettering that there is a growing need to reach more patients, to offer more pioneering clinical trials and treatments that are not available elsewhere, and to provide care closer to home that is exactly the same as patients would get if they were treated at any other MSK facility, including Manhattan.”
Serving a Large Patient Base
More than 6 percent of MSK’s patients live in the area served by the Monmouth site in Middletown, New Jersey, which includes Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties. MSK Monmouth will reduce the need for many of these patients to travel into Manhattan by allowing them to receive all or a portion of their care at the new facility. Similar to MSK’s existing suburban outpatient treatment centers in Long Island, Westchester, New York, and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, MSK Monmouth is designed to meet the unique needs of cancer patients and their families by offering a wide variety of clinical and support services.
Clinical services will occupy about half the site and will include medical oncology, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, diagnostic and interventional radiology, surgical consultations, and ambulatory surgery — simple, low-risk procedures such as breast biopsies and colonoscopies. The facility will also offer access to clinical research trials, rehabilitation, social work, nutrition, and other support programs. The site will also house a new data center, allowing MSK to relocate its current Manhattan data center to Monmouth as MSK’s primary production data center. (MSK’s existing data center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, will become the backup location.)Back to top
Easing Care Before and After Surgery
“Our suburban campuses are extremely important for a lot of reasons — and one of them is that they offer a convenient point of access for the Memorial Sloan Kettering quality of care,” Dr. Barakat said. As an example, he pointed to the fact that patients will be able to see surgeons for consultations at MSK Monmouth, and that while most surgeries will still take place in Manhattan, “patients can conveniently complete all of their pre-surgery planning as well as their follow-up care much closer to home.”
Jessica Bruzzi, a Monmouth County patient treated for soft tissue sarcoma in 2012 by MSK surgeon Aimee Crago, spoke about the importance of this benefit. The weeks after surgery to remove her tumor were a struggle due to exhaustion, pain and limited mobility. Travelling to Manhattan from the Monmouth area made it “much more challenging for me to go to my follow-up appointments,” Bruzzi said. She continues to see Dr. Crago, as well as MSK dermatologic oncologist Elizabeth Quigley, who is at MSK’s Basking Ridge location. “The kind words and encouragement that I have received from my doctors have aided me in my overall healing,” she said.Back to top
“Today is a great day for our community,” said Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray. “The response from the residents upon hearing that MSK is moving in has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic, and that’s due to the fact that the MSK brand is synonymous with elite care and cutting-edge technology and research in the cancer field worldwide.”
New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno noted the large turnout of town, county, and state officials who came to show their enthusiasm for the new facility and their commitment to supporting its operation. “I doubt very much that there’s anyone in this room who doesn’t have some cancer story,” she said. “Everyone, I suspect, does, and that’s why it’s very important for us to welcome you here to Monmouth County.”Back to top