Causeway CARes donates $250,000 to Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center

The donation is being used toward the hospital’s surgical expansion.

Causeway CARes donates to local hospital.

Causeway CARes donates to local hospital.

MANAHAWKIN, N.J.March 15, 2022PRLog — In the summer of 1969, David C. Wintrode purchased the original Ford dealership on Bay Avenue in Manahawkin, which is now part of The Causeway Family of Dealerships. At the time, Wintrode was growing a family business while being a driver of community support. That’s when he saw there was a profound need to have a local hospital in the area to serve the residents of southern Ocean County.

Jim Mancini, the then Mayor of Long Beach Township and Ocean County Freeholder, shared the sentiment. In fact, Mancini would stop at nothing to bring a hospital to Manahawkin. After land was donated and fundraising was in tow, Mancini built the hospital and was determined to get the project approved.

“Jim Mancini was a true visionary,” Wintrode remembers. “He saw there was a need and he chased after it. Southern Ocean Medical Center officially opened its doors in 1972.”

Today, nearly 50 years later, Wintrode has seen how much the area’s population has grown and decided he wanted to lend a hand at what is now Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center.

Causeway CARes, funded by The Wintrode Family Foundation, Inc., donated $250,000 to Southern Ocean Medical Center on March 10. The funds are being used toward the hospital’s surgical expansion.

“The hospital is key to the expansion of the southern end of Ocean County,” said Wintrode. “It’s important to the major demographic living in the area, which is predominantly seniors and families with children. After hearing the hospital’s strategic plan for growth, I knew I wanted to help them succeed.”

Southern Ocean Medical Center has been caring for the community for nearly 50 years. With more than 1,200 dedicated health care professionals, the medical center provides comprehensive high-quality, advanced inpatient and outpatient services. But as the population continues to grow in southern Ocean County, the hospital has seen an influx of patients.

“Last year, we saw 300 additional inpatients over budget and 5,000 more patients in our emergency room – that accounts for 45,000 total ER visits,” said Michele Morrison, MPH, BSHA, RN, president and chief hospital executive of Southern Ocean Medical Center. “These are all indicators of how our community is growing here in southern Ocean County. Over the last two years, we have added 200 employees to address the increased need, but our hospital needs to continue expanding to provide the care that our community deserves.”

To continue its growth, Morrison created a strategic plan in early 2021 that was quickly approved and will be implemented in three phases.

Phase 1 initially kicked off in July 2021 with the addition of a Da Vinci® robot that was a $2M acquisition. “In seven short months, we have done over 250 robotic assisted surgeries,” said Morrison. “We are really excited to offer that state-of-the-art technology to our community.”

Phase 2 of the surgery expansion will include its sterile processing department where all the hospital’s equipment is sterilized.

Phase 3 will be the expansion of the operating rooms from four small rooms to six large state-of-the-art operating rooms. “We will also add a second robot, maybe even a third,” said Morrison. “It will be a combined pre-surgical and post-surgical area, which will create an elevated patient experience.”

The entire project is expected to take approximately three years to complete.

In recent years, Hackensack Meridian Health also had the foresight to create its own medical school. “The first class graduated last year,” said Morrison. “The incoming class that started in 2021 has 185 students. We have placed them all within Hackensack Meridian Health. Our goal is to really build our own physicians that are committed and stay within our hospitals in New Jersey.”

Southern Ocean Medical Center also participates in a Medical Academy program at Southern Regional High School. “This program is designated for sophomores through seniors who are interested in the health care field,” she said. “We give students the opportunity to come on site and volunteer at the hospital and work with our leaders to participate on projects.”

“These are all the reasons why we decided to partner with Southern Ocean Medical Center and help them to support the continued growth and wellbeing of our community,” said Wintrode. “That has always been at the heart of my family and is a sentiment that Michele and everyone at our local hospital resonates.”

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About Causeway CARes

Causeway CARes’ mission is to make a direct and profound impact in and around Ocean County in the areas of education, food security and quality of life. Founded in 2004 and funded by The Wintrode Family Foundation, Inc., Causeway CARes strives to make the community a better place to live, grow and thrive. To learn more, visit

“God Cares But Do We?” by John K. A. Mensah will be featured at the Tucson Festival of Books

Mensah shows how God cares, even in the most mysterious of ways.

San Diego, California – WEBWIRE

“You can change; you can make a difference.” – Kwaku Mensah

“God Cares But Do We?” by Kwaku Mensah (Independently published, 2020) will be publicly displayed at the Tucson Festival of Books on March 12-13, 2022, at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. The book discusses the situations that afflict today’s generation, such as the lack of values, morals, and respect. It then asks why things are the way they are when people refuse to obey or are unable to obey the Ten Commandments that God the Father has created for mankind to follow. It explores the things that people do to others who are made in His image could disobey God’s Commandments. The author stresses that he even tries his best to pay heed to the Ten Commandments that God has given to mankind to follow, rather than just hollow words said out of one’s mouth.

Mensah asked why people find it difficult to keep their promises to God. “What is wrong with what is written in stone to follow?” he asked. The Ten Commandments were created for humans to obey, but humans could not keep their promise to God and sinned. People have been given so many chances. They have sinned and repented all too many times but still have not done anything to change their way of life. How long before people realize they need to change and truly repent when time runs out?

“God Cares But Do We?” is an enlightening piece of narrative that shows that God cares about mankind’s misfortunes, and his way of uplifting man’s sorrows or reaching true peace was gifting man with The Ten Commandments, which are about honor, trust, and respect that everyone deserves. The book emphasizes the guidelines that people should try to live by for a decent, successful, and peaceful way of living and have a closer relationship with God.

A new book exploring morality and kindness is a relevant must-read in 2021. Interested? Learn more about “God Cares But Do We?” by John K. A. Mensah available on Amazon and visit the upcoming Tucson Festival of Books.

Author Bio

Kwaku Mensah, author of the new release God Cares But Do We?, is the fourth edition in the series that delves deeply into the reciprocal nature of respect, listening, and taking responsibility for our own actions through the gift of poetry and rhyme. The book draws upon his own experiences to show how the root of suffering is mistreating our fellow men and women. The author shows that God does indeed care, and in order to honor our Creator, mankind must share in selfless love. God Cares, But Do We? reinforces that it is a choice to believe, and no matter a person’s color, race, or sex, they too feel suffering and hurt as part of the greater human family.

Overall, Mensah emphasizes that everyone should take care of each other and seek to earn the respect of those around them. Those who seek to be uplifted must first uplift others in order to know the true meaning of ascending to a higher understanding of the world. In these uncertain times, God Cares, But Do We? Is a particularly powerful commentary on the ties that bind us all together.

Although God Cares, But Do We? addresses questions of religion and faith, Mensah’s work is meant for any audience. His exploration of morality and kindness for its own sake can apply to even those who approach ethical issues from a secular perspective. Appreciating the gift of life and treating our time together as a precious thing is not an inherently religious idea.

Reviewers describe Mensah’s work as “eye opening” and an inspirational resource that “gets you to think about things going on in the world today.” With a lyrical quality and Mensah’s beautiful use of language, God Cares, But Do We? is an insightful commentary on what it means to be human and be whole.

Kwaku Mensah is a 48-year-old author, father, and grandfather. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys repairing computers and putting his IT skills to work. Mensah lives and writes in Washington DC.

Causeway CARes unveils new vision

Causeway CARes serves various nonprofit, local and community-based organizations in Ocean County by assisting with their respective outreach efforts to encourage their long-term sustainability, collaboration and spread awareness of their cause.

Causeway CARes unveils new vision.

Causeway CARes unveils new vision.

MANAHAWKIN, N.J.Feb. 8, 2022PRLog — Empower. Collaborate. Impact. Causeway CARes stands firmly by these three words as it seeks to help its neighbors and positively impact the community. Founded in 2004 and funded by the Wintrode Family Foundation, Inc., Causeway CARes recently unveiled its new look with an updated logo, website (, vision and mission as it continues to make the community a better place to live, grow and thrive.

Causeway CARes has also announced that its annual “Summer in Winter Carnival” will take place on Sunday, March 20 at the Holiday Inn of Manahawkin. The public event will feature local nonprofit and community organizations, carnival games, boardwalk type food, a magic show and various children’s activities like face painting, arts and crafts, and more.

The Wintrode Family has always been driven by the desire to give back to the community it serves through partnerships with local organizations and encouraging their collaboration to fulfill a greater need. As an extension of Causeway Family of Dealerships, which was founded in 1969, Causeway CARes exists to offer consistent support, compassion, time and resources for community members in need.

“Serving the local community has always been at the heart of the Causeway family,” said David Wintrode, President of Causeway Family of Dealerships. “That’s why we are so excited to take 2022 in stride as we continue to be a driver of change in the community.”

Causeway CARes’ mission is to make a direct and profound impact in and around Ocean County in the areas of education, food security and quality of life. To fulfill this mission, Causeway CARes gives back to the community by offering time and resources, as well as financial donations and scholarship opportunities; facilitating event sponsorships; encouraging volunteerism and social responsibility and organizing vehicle giveaways for its nonprofit and community partners through the “CauseWheels Vehicle Donation Program”.

The goals of Causeway CARes are to:

  • Fill the present needs in the community through generous giving and continuous support;
  • Provide food security and literacy opportunities;
  • Partner with various nonprofit, local and community-based organizations to ensure their long-term success and encourage collaboration between them;
  • Continue to grow and raise awareness of its presence and be a trusted voice and asset in Ocean County.

“In all our endeavors, we promise to utilize our resources to care for and positively impact community members in need,” said Joe Stroffolino, Director of Advertising and Marketing for the Causeway Family of Dealerships.

Causeway CARes will continue to utilize The Causeway Gazette to promote positive news in the community. The publication, which launched in July 2013 and is available in print and digital forms, has a current circulation of 26,500.  “Our goal through The Causeway Gazette has always been to provide inspiring, informative content to local residents,” said Stroffolino, who also serves as Editor of the publication. “We also offer free event promotion and article submissions from Ocean County nonprofit organizations.”

Through the years, Wintrode has served on various nonprofit boards like the United Way, Southern Ocean Medical Center, The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties and many others. Causeway Family of Dealerships also supports local high school education foundations. To support these and other nonprofits, Causeway CARes has hosted various community events from coat and food drives to carnivals and 5Ks.

“It has always been a wonderful privilege serving in and being part of our amazing community,” said Wintrode. “We are excited to see what the future holds for Causeway CARes as we know that where there is such a great need in the community, there will be an even greater impact.”

About Causeway CARes

Causeway CARes’ mission is to make a direct and profound impact in and around Ocean County in the areas of education, food security and quality of life. Founded in 2004 and funded by the Wintrode Family Foundation, Inc., Causeway CARes strives to make the community a better place to live grow and thrive. To learn more, visit