Press Release

For Immediate Release
Oct 11, 2018
Contact : Donna Sellmann  

Jersey Shore University Medical Center to Offer Scholarships to Local Residents for Medical School


Neptune, NJ - Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center is now part of the prestigious CityDoctors Scholarship program that assists students who want to become medical doctors and work in hospitals that serve urban populations.

The scholarship program, administered through St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, will provide approximately $62,500 annually, for a total $250,000 over four years.  Priority consideration will be given to residents of Monmouth and Ocean counties or those with an affiliation with Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and to those with documented financial need, or are veterans or members of a group that is under represented in medicine.

This new affiliation will expand academic programs at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and help address a growing shortage of primary care physicians, according to Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, regional president, southern market, Hackensack Meridian Health.

“Training the next generation of doctors and other health care professionals is vital to providing a foundation for sound health in our community, and this affiliation will allow us to assist local area residents who want to become doctors,” says Dr. Sable. “We are very pleased to be among the few medical institutions chosen to be a part of this important program.”

Jersey Shore University Medical Center will have the option of awarding one scholarship for the full amount of the money (to cover four years of education), or partial scholarships for two or more students, beginning with the July 2019 starting class. Prospective students must apply first to St. George's, which will then forward the applications to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for consideration. Information about the scholarship and application process is available at

“This new scholarship program allows us to grow our academic programs and help area residents, perhaps even the children of our team members, pursue their dreams of becoming doctors,” says David Kountz, M.D., MBA, FACP, vice president for Academic Affairs at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and co-chief academic officer of Hackensack Meridian Health.  “Although there is no commitment for these students to return to Jersey Shore University Medical Center for their residency, we are hopeful they will want to return ‘home' when they complete their studies.”

St. George's University School of Medicine is the oldest private medical school in the Caribbean and a top center of international education with students and faculty from 140 countries. Jersey Shore University Medical Center is a university-level affiliate of Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, and is home to a state-of-the-art Clinical Research Center.

"We are thrilled to welcome Jersey Shore University Medical Center as the latest partner in our CityDoctors Scholarship Program," said Dr. G. Richard Olds, M.D., president of St. George's University. "CityDoctors has helped dozens of aspiring doctors from New York and New Jersey launch their careers in medicine. We look forward to welcoming a new wave of talented CityDoctors handpicked by Jersey Shore University Medical Center in the years to come."

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children's hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals - JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 450 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker's Healthcare's “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University - in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey's oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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