Ocean Care Center provides immediate hospital-level emergency care without the sometimes unavoidable inconveniences of a busy hospital emergency room. And that's why we've become so valuable to area residents since we first opened our doors years ago as the satellite emergency department of the Ocean Medical Center in Brick, a member of the trusted Meridian Health Family.
What is a Satellite Emergency Department?
A satellite emergency department is distinct from an inpatient, traditional hospital. With the exception of trauma, it has the same capabilities as conventional Emergency Departments, 24 / 7 – with all the necessary personnel and emergency equipment.
When is it appropriate to go directly to a Full-Service Acute Care Hospital Emergency Department?
New Jersey state regulations stipulate that patients who require advanced life support, critical care, surgery, advanced radiological and laboratory testing, are in labor, or suffer from medically complex conditions should be cared for at the closest acute care hospitals, and not a Satellite Emergency Department.
Such types of patients are:
- Patients treated by advanced life support personnel or a mobile intensive care unit and require life support care.
- Patients with psychiatric illness, in crisis, under the influence of alcohol or other substances, or demonstrating altered mental status.
- Women more than 20 weeks pregnant with medical problems related to the pregnancy.