Southern Ocean Center
1361 Route 72 West, Manahawkin, NJ 08050
Southern Ocean Center is a skilled nursing facility offering post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term and respite care. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Our staff is dedicated to serving the medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals recovering from illness or injury. Southern Ocean is an AHCA Bronze Quality Award Winner and a We Honor Veterans community partner!
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- ShortStay care
- LongTerm care
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation - including joint replacement, injuries and amputation
- Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
- On-site Nurse Practitioner
- Attending Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- IV Therapy
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
- Audiology care
- Colostomy care
- Dental care
- Personal care
- Physiatry services
- Podiatry care
- Psychiatric services
- Vision care
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Case management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Medication management
- 24-hour emergency alert and response system
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- Vitality to You
- Private and Semi-Private Rooms
- Fully air conditioned
- Individual climate control
- Activity room
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Beauty Salon / Barber Services
- Cable Television
- Comfortable common and lounge areas to gather with friends and family
- Dining Room
- In-room dining options
- Private dining rooms for family gatherings
- Restaurant-Style Dining
- Alarm system to aid in the security of residents with cognitive deficits
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
- Computer with internet access
- Laundry facility on-site
- Mail and Newspaper Service
- Pets Permitted
- Pharmaceutical delivery service
- Phone service
- Wireless Internet
John has been with Genesis HealthCare since 2009. He has worked at centers in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. John is a graduate of the Leadership Development Program. He obtained his Bachelors in Public Health Administration from Stockton University in New Jersey. Since 1998, John has served in many different roles within the skilled nursing care setting before becoming a License Nursing Home Administrator.
Dr. Harry LarkinMedical Director
Dr. Harry Larkin has been in practice at Island Medical on Long Beach Island since 1991. He attended UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in family medicine at Virtua Hospital - Mt. Holly, NJ. Dr. Larkin serves as the Chairman of the Dept. of Family Practice at Southern Ocean Medical Center. In addition, he is Assistant Medical Examiner for Ocean County, NJ. Dr. Harry Larkin has been the Medical Director at Southern Ocean Center - Genesis HealthCare since 2010.
Yvonne LondonDirector of Nursing
Yvonne began her nursing career in 2008. Her experience includes working in acute and subacute rehabilitation settings and also long term care. She started with Genesis in 2018 as the Assistant Director of Nursing and was recently promoted to the Director of Nursing. She received her RN from Jersey College School of Nursing. She also has her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Masters in Education and Leadership.
Patty BennertAdmissions Director
Patty has been working at Southern Ocean Center as the Admissions Director since 2000. Prior to that she worked in several other nursing facilities in Ocean County as the Admissions Director. She has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare field.
Jane VelahosDirector of Rehabilitation
Jane has been a speech-language pathologist with Genesis since 2019. Jane acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders at Stockton University.
Marya EytelSkin Health Team Lead
Marya Eytel recently joined Genesis HealthCare as the Skin Health Team Lead. Marya comes with thirteen years of experience as a case manager and end of life educator. Half of that time was devoted to being a hospice case manager. She also has nine years of experience working in a sterile environment. Marya holds a Master's Degree in Nursing Leadership and Administration a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and an Associate's Degree In Equestrian Studies. When asked, Marya will tell you she became a nurse to make a difference in people's lives. Marya has four children and is expecting her first grandchild in December.
Kind and compassionate
The professional care and the kind-heartedness and compassion delivered by all your staff on a daily basis is one to be applauded. I cannot thank them enough and I am so grateful for the attention and protection my mother receives at Genesis.
So much hard work the staff is doing, we really appreciate all you do - especially now.
Safety first approach
I thought I would take a moment to commend the staff on all the work they are doing during this pandemic to keep the residents/patients safe. Everyone is doing a great job and it is really appreciated.
I just wanted you to know that my family and I will never forget the love and gentle care your staff gave my mom. I will miss talking with the residents, but I know they are getting the FIVE-STAR treatment my mom received. Be well.
Chrissy the nurse was great. Keely and Maria the nurse practitioners were great.
I thought the PT was excellent. I like the people. They were good, intelligent and helpful They were good people, they were nice. I don't know how they do that job because I couldn't do it.
Facility is run well
They've been very good to my mother. The facility is run well.
Note from our Medical Director
Southern Ocean Center has been under very strict quarantine in the midst of the recent Covid-19 pandemic. We are pleased now that the pandemic has for the moment become very quiet in our center. Caregivers and staff remain constantly vigilant for the protection of all. Personal protective equipment (PPE) remains available to all staff and patients/residents at the Center. Strict isolation protocols continued to be followed for the protection of the patients/residents. We are hopeful that the next phase will allow us to continue to protect our patients/residents and staff but allow a more humane visitor policy. Patient care and safety continue to be the primary focus of all of us here at Southern Ocean Center.
- Dr. Harry Larkin, Medical Director at Southern Ocean Center
They did a good job with communication in handling the COVID. They keep me informed. Its exceptional. The staff does work together as a team. John Meyers the executive director, he works great and is an outstanding leader.
I am making very good progress. Please know that my stay at Southern Ocean Center, was a pleasant one. I cant thank you enough for the compassionate care I received.
I wish that they could find some ways to let immediate family members to see their loved ones just a little bit more. The staff have been wonderful.
Nice, professional and friendly
They have been wonderful so far. They have always been nice, professional and friendly.
I have a good relationship with the staff.
Excellent staff and food
The staff is excellent so is the food. My room was kept nice and clean.
Helpful and considerate
They're all very helpful and considerate I believe that it was an enjoyable stay.
Recent Testimonials from ServiceTrac:
They have excellent therapists.
I don't remember any of their names, but the CNA's and the nurses were wonderful. They attended to everything that I needed. There wasn't anyone that didn't deserve an accolade.
I received excellent care. The nurses were wonderful.
It was a good place I can say.
If my wife needs to go back and needs help, I would choose Genesis.
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Ensuring Everyone Has a Happy Holiday!
As the holidays approach, we want to make sure everyone stays healthy. Many seasonal illnesses, including influenza, make their rounds this time of year. Historically influenza has caused illness, hospitalization and death. The current year's flu cases are rapidly increasing.
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