Joseph P. Coyle is best known as president of Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. With nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare, Coyle spent the last 20 at Southern Ocean where he has provided leadership for the vibrant Medical Center.
He began his career as a CPA and started at Southern Ocean as its CFO in 1991. He made the leap to president in 1997 and has been the leading force in the medical center’s dramatic growth since that time.
During his tenure as president, the hospital added many new programs and services, such as maternity, pediatrics, cardiac catheterization and bariatrics. The hospital grew from 134 beds when he took the helm to the 176 beds it is today. Southern Ocean Medical Center has invested heavily in facilities and technology during his tenure, ensuring the local community access to the best care a community hospital can offer.
In recent years, Coyle recognized the signs of a changing healthcare environment and the need to integrate into a larger health system. He provided the visionary leadership necessary to facilitate the smooth transition of Southern Ocean into the Meridian Health system two years ago. Today the hospital has embarked on a $22 million Emergency Department expansion, the largest project in the history of Southern Ocean
Coyle is well-known to colleagues throughout the state and has been an active member of NJHA. He has served as chair of the Healthcare Business Solutions board as well as many other committees and task forces. He is also active on the national level, serving as a delegate to the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board.
He has served on numerous community boards such as the United Way of Ocean County, the Executive Board of the Jersey Shore Boy Scouts Council, Stafford Township Business Park Commission, the Stafford Township Education Foundation, the Catholic Charities - Diocese of Trenton, and the American Heart Association. He is an active member of Rotary Club of Southern Ocean, an honorary board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ocean County, and has served on the Southern Regional High School District Strategic Planning Council.