Shore Medical Center

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Shore Medical Center, formerly Shore Memorial Hospital, is full-service acute care community hospital located in Somers Point, New Jersey, serving Atlantic and Cape May counties.


In 1928, Dr. Charles Ernst and Dr. Frank Inksetter built Atlantic Shores Hospital and Sanitarium, a private institute for the treatment of alcohol and drug dependency. The facility – designed in a Spanish Mission style – had 68 beds, and soon after its founding expanded its services for other patients.[1][2] By 1940, the facility was struggling financially. Tat year, local citizens purchased the hospital and turned it into a not-for-profit community hospital called Shore Memorial Hospital, under the direction of a board of trustees. The first building added to the original structure was the Shriver Wing in 1954. In 1958, the White Wing was added, increasing the total beds to 155. The Whitby Wing in 1965 increased the beds to 192, and the North Wing in 1970 increased it further to 234 beds. The West Wing, now known as the Howard S. Stainton Pavilion, was added in 1976, which added critical, intensive, post-intensive, and coronary care, as well as increasing the beds to 276. The hospital was the first in South Jersey with CT scan capabilities in 1978.[2]

Another early addition was the Howard S. Stainton Pavilion, named for the Ocean City businessman who helped found the hospital and served on its Board of Governors. The Frances Pew Hayes Tower was added in 1985, and the CardioVascular Institute and freestanding Cancer Center were opened in 2004.

Today, Shore Medical Center has 296 licensed beds. The hospital employs more than 350 physicians, more than 500 nurses, and another 1,600 employees. Each year, more than 12,000 patients are admitted, 6,000 surgeries are performed, and more than 1,400 babies are born. Shore Medical Center's Emergency Department treats more than 43,000 patients annually.

Expansion and name change[edit]

In 2007, Shore Memorial announced plans for a $125 million expansion project, which included a 138,000-square-foot (12,800 m2) surgical pavilion with new operating and recovery rooms and other support space. Other changes included an improved main hospital entrance, a 27,000-square-foot (2,500 m2) medical office building, and a 1,000-car parking garage with an enclosed pedestrian link. The project was completed in September 2011. On September 7, 2011 the name of the hospital was changed to Shore Medical Center.[3][2]

Centers of Excellence[edit]

Neuroscience Center – Shore Medical Center is accredited as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and is also one of only three hospitals nationwide to receive the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its Lumbar and Cervical Spine Surgery programs. Shore Medical Center has also been designated a Primary Stroke Center by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services.

Cancer Center – Since 1987, Shore Medical Center's Cancer program has received approval from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and from the Association of Community Cancer Centers. The Cancer Center is also affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network.

CardioVascular Institute – Shore Medical Center's CardioVascular Institute is affiliated with the renowned Penn Cardiac Care Program at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Pennsylvania, thus allowing it to bring university-setting cardiac and vascular services to the community hospital environment.

Maternity and Pediatrics – Special attention is paid to helping pregnant mothers and new families develop and maintain those early bonds. From pre-natal to pediatric Care, Every resource at Shore is focused on your child’s well-being, comfort and rapid healing.

Emergency Department – The Emergency Department is staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians. The department uses a triage system in tandem with the in-hospital Quick Care Center to ensure that serious injuries are treated first and to minimize waiting time. Shore Medical Center has a rooftop helipad used for emergency airlifting of patients for specialized trauma treatment.

Spine and Ortho – The Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute is designed to help patients who are dealing with everything from everyday aches and strains to sports injuries to more serious spine or orthopedic injury or disease.Advanced Spine and Orthopedic Institute services include: Joint replacement and reconstruction, Spine care, Foot and ankle, Sports medicine, Hand and upper extremity, Rehabilitation

Notable features[edit]

Affiliations – Shore Medical Center is affiliated with Penn Medicine, is a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network and has physicians on staff from the Rothman Institute.

Certifications – Shore Medical Center has received hospital-wide accreditation by the Joint Commission. The Joint Commission has also designated Shore Medical Center as a Primary Stroke Center and awarded the hospital its Gold Seal of Approval for its Lumbar and Cervical Spine Surgery programs.


  1. ^ Pamela Dollak (February 25, 2016). "A 75-year history". Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Shore Medical Center 2015 Annual Report (Report). September 7, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Hospital now Shore Medical Center" The Press of Atlantic City (Pleasantville, N.J.) 7 September 2011, page A8

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Coordinates: 39°18′52″N 74°35′38″W / 39.31444°N 74.59389°W / 39.31444; -74.59389