The expansion of Monmouth Medical Center expansion at Fort Monmouth in Tinton Falls is expected to include plenty of services patients find at a hospitals along with technology that precludes actually having to go there, according to the chief of the hospital’s health care system.
Over the summer, a deal was made to buy 36 acres at the former military site for $8 million. Barry Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer of RWJBarnabas Health, said the campus on the site of the former Hexagon building will be tailored to patients who are demanding convenience they would expect from a retailer.
“I think when you construct new health care venues, you’ve got to take into consideration technology,” Ostrowsky said. “I think that’s going to be exciting. It’s going to be a cultural change to some extent.”
RWJBarnabas is one of the state’s biggest health care systems. It owns Monmouth Medical Centers in Long Branch and Lakewood, plus a Community Medical Center in Toms River.
Most recently, RWJBarnabas partnered with Rutgers University, agreeing to invest $1 billion during the next 20 years to bolster scientific research that ultimately should lead to better care for its patients.
The Tree of Health Center (TTOHC) is offering Lean & Light Permanent Weight Loss, a 24-week program that utilizes Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to release cravings and eliminate emotional eating. The program will be facilitated by expert EFT practitioner Debra M. Hollinrake.
EFT is a form of cognitive therapy that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupressure, neuro-linguistic programming and energy medicine. It has been used effectively in dealing with depression, anxiety, stress reduction, PTSD in vets and survivors of domestic abuse, and those suffering from physical ailments such as neck pain, fibromyalgia, and headaches.
“Diets don’t work because it’s not about the food,” Hollinrake said. “When we overeat or crave unhealthy but satisfying foods, we are looking for a way to ‘feel good.’ Uncover and release the reasons for this behavior, and you end the addiction to food and, naturally lose the weight.”
Participants will learn to reduce cravings, eat mindfully, build body positivity, release negative thought patterns, find out what really drives their hunger, and end emotional eating by breaking the effect that past trauma has on present behavior. The class allows for group support and step-by-step guidance to build a life-long healthy body and body image.
The Lean & Light Weight Loss program begins October 16 at 6:30 PM at The Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton Sparta Rd, Unit 107, Newton, NJ. To learn more, or to register, go to TTHOC.com or call (973) 500-8813.