The greatest gift is one given with love and when you can do something to give back to the community, it's the cherry on top that makes you smile all over to make someone feel good.

Monmouth Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has announced they've received a donation of $50 million from Monmouth County philanthropists Anne and Sheldon Vogel.

The funds will help support the development of a new medical campus in Tinton Falls for health care programs and services.

“This extraordinary gift from the Vogel family will have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of the communities served by Monmouth Medical Center,” Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health, said in a statement. “The new Vogel Medical Campus will advance medical innovation and expand access to the finest critical health care services. The Vogels’ generosity ensures that Monmouth County residents will benefit for generations to come.”

RWJ-Barnabas Health also said that the state-of-the-art and environmentally-friendly Vogel Medical Campus will also improve both the practitioner and patient experience which will include medical space planning and technology.

“We are pioneering the future of health care,” Bill Arnold, President of RWJBarnabas Health’s Southern Region, said in a statement. (The southern region also includes Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood and Community Medical Center in Toms River). “Advanced technologies, expansive diagnostic services and innovative research are the hallmarks of today’s smart, future-ready health care delivery model. Our ultimate goal is to deliver an unpar­alleled patient experience.”

The Vogel family dates back generations in Long Branch when Sheldon's family owned a popular department store in town and Anne's father at one point served as Chief of Police.

Anne and Sheldon were each born at Monmouth Medical Center and have maintained deep connections and entrust the hospital for all of their medical care.

“We know and love Monmouth Medical Center, from the administration and hospital leadership to the doctors and nurses leading the day-to-day charge,” Anne Vogel said in a statement. “Sheldon and I have every confidence that the plans being made here will continue to advance exceptional care for this community’s next generation.”

Sheldon feels it is important for Monmouth Medical Center to receive this gift.

“The speed of health care innovation is astonishing,” Vogel said in a statement. “Health care transformation requires investment. Our gift will ensure that Monmouth Medical Center will continue to meet the evolving health care needs of our neighbors and friends right here in Monmouth County.”

“Fostering innovation in our hospitals and strengthening health care infrastructure is crucial to the health and well-being of our community,” Eric Carney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Monmouth Medical Center said in a statement. “We are so thankful to Anne and Sheldon Vogel as our partners in recognizing this reality. Their gift is an incredible investment in our future.”

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