Joint Base McGuire-Dix-LakehurstCommunity
In Burlington and Ocean Counties
There are many health care services in Burlington and Ocean counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act has changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable
See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
Community Health Care Clinics and Resources
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a full list of federally qualified community health centers in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Health website at www.nj.gov/health/fhs/primarycare/fqhc and click on “FQHC Locations.”
The New Jersey Dental Association, online at www.njda.org, can help you find a dentist with its roster lists. Select “For the Public” from the home page then select the “Find a Dentist” to search for dentists by name, location or specialty. You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the dentist’s office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the dental office’s financial policies and how is insurance handled?
The New Jersey Department of Health offers a special education program for children to promote good oral health with emphasis in areas of high need and high risk. Though the program itself does not provide dental care, its list of recommended facilities and programs can be found online at www.nj.gov/health/fhs/oral/documents/dental_directory.pdf.
Finding A Local Doctor
It’s important to find a health care provider before an urgent medical need arises. Building trust with a health care provider takes time, so don’t wait until a family member is ill to find a doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider.
Before you arrive at your new assignment, you can check the New Jersey Department of Health online at www.nj.gov/health/healthcarequality/patients-families/doctor-how-to. There you can find tools to help you select a physician or group practice. This should give you a preview of the local medical practitioners as well as where you might need to go for specialized care.
Personal referrals from friends or other medical personnel can add to your options.
You can check a doctor’s certification at the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. To see if anyone has registered a complaint or taken disciplinary action against the doctor, visit the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners at or call 609-826-7100. When you have selected a health care provider, consider the following.
- When you scheduled your appointment, was the receptionist friendly, prompt and professional? Did he or she take time to answer your questions? Were you left on hold too long?
- When you arrived for your appointment, were you greeted promptly? Was the reception area clean and comfortable? Was the staff friendly and willing to answer your questions?
- Did you have to wait long in the exam room before the doctor arrived? Was the exam room orderly and clean, with a chair for a family member?
- When the doctor arrived and introduced himself or herself, did he or she seem rushed or tired? Did you get a good first impression?
- During the consultation, did nurses or assistants pop in and out? Did the doctor seem caring, compassionate and sympathetic to your concerns? Did you feel comfortable revealing personal information? Did the doctor rush through the meeting?
Treat finding a doctor as seriously as looking for a new job or a new home. You want to be comfortable with the person who will see you while you are most vulnerable.
Veterans in Burlington County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 4, with the nearest major medical center in Philadelphia, about an hour from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. VISN 4 is a network of nine VA medical centers, 44 outpatient clinics, one mobile clinic and 17 vet centers. In fiscal year 2016, VISN 4 served more than 321,000 veterans from across the nation, primarily from throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Ohio. For veterans in Burlington County, the closest community outpatient clinic is in Marlton, New Jersey.
Burlington County VA Clinic
3000 Lincoln Drive E
Marlton, NJ 08053 844-441-5499
Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
3900 Woodland Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-823-5800
The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center provides health care to veterans living in America’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, including the city of Philadelphia and six surrounding counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. The facility is staffed by approximately 2,000 employees and supports 145 acute care beds and a 135-bed Community Living Center.
The center has an operating budget of more than $474 million and focuses on several mission areas: providing health care, conducting medical research, training health care professionals for the future and being prepared to serve in the event of a crisis or emergency. Its principal affiliate is the University of Pennsylvania.
Veterans in Ocean County are served within Veterans Integrated Service Network 2 — the New York/New Jersey Network — and within that, the VA New Jersey Health Care System. The VANJHCS is a consolidated program composed of two main campuses: one in East Orange, the corporate office in Northeastern New Jersey within the greater New York metropolitan area, and one in Lyons, 22 miles to the west of the East Orange Campus. For veterans in Ocean County, the closest community outpatient clinic is in Brick, New Jersey.
James J. Howard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
970 Route 70
Brick, NJ 08724 732-206-8900
VANJHCS East Orange Campus
385 Tremont Ave.
East Orange, NJ 07018 973-676-1000
VANJHCS Lyons Campus
151 Knollcroft Road
Lyons, NJ 07939 908-647-0180
State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 340
Trenton, NJ 08625 609-530-4600
Veterans Crisis Hotline 800-273-8255
The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs improves the quality of life for New Jersey’s veterans, military and their families by increasing awareness and access to appropriate federal, state and local resources.
It operates two service offices in the area:
Burlington County Office
555 High St., Suite 6A
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-518-2273
Ocean County Service Office
James J. Howard Outpatient Clinic
970 Route 70
Brick, NJ 08724 732-840-3033
Because emergencies can happen without warning, it’s prudent to know where to go when they happen. Saving minutes in a crisis can mean saving a life. Knowing what services are available, and where, can make all the difference. Visit the following websites for more information on local hospital and medical center services.
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County
218 Sunset Road
Willingboro, NJ 08046 609-835-2900
St. Francis Medical Center
601 Hamilton Ave.
Trenton, NJ 08629 609-599-5000
Virtua Marlton Hospital
90 Brick Road
Marlton, NJ 08053 609-914-6000
Virtua Memorial Hospital of Burlington County
175 Madison Ave.
Mount Holly, NJ 08060 609-914-6000
Virtua Voorhees Hospital
100 Bowman Drive
Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-247-3000
Children’s Specialized Hospital Outpatient Center-Toms River
368 Lakehurst Road
Toms River, NJ 08755 888-244-5373
94 Stevens Road
Toms River, NJ 08755 888-244-5373
Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 W
Toms River, NJ 08755 732-557-8000
Public Health Care
State of New Jersey Department of Health
369 S. Warren St.
Trenton, NJ 08608 732-357-7035
The state department of health works to protect and improve the health and well-being of all New Jerseyans. It oversees all types of health facilities in the state, including hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, drug abuse treatment centers, primary care facilities, nursing homes, hospice care, assisted living, adult day care centers and more.
The department has four branches: the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Office of Population Health, Health Systems and Public Health Services. The department’s main office is in Trenton, with local health offices in each of the state’s 21 counties. Local health units offer many services, including communicable disease investigation and intervention, family planning, immunizations, occupational health services, STD counseling and testing, WIC and nutrition services, women’s health services and more. Services vary by location.
For a full list of local health units, their hours and their available services, visit www.state.nj.us/health/lh/community/index.shtml#1 and use the department’s search tool.
Burlington County Health Department
Raphael Meadow Health Center
15 Pioneer Blvd.
Westampton, NJ 08060 609-265-5548
The Burlington County Health Department protects and improves the health and well-being of the community, contracting with 40 local boards of health in the county to provide residents, businesses and visitors a variety of health-related programs and services. To meet that goal, the department’s services include ensuring that food and water are safe, providing immunizations for children and adults, responding to health emergencies and encouraging healthy habits — to name just a few.
Ocean County Health Department
175 Sunset Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08754 800-342-9738
The department partners with the community to promote healthy lifestyles and a clean and safe environment, advocating for consistent, quality healthcare for residents. Divisions within the department address topics such as child development services, dental health, alcohol and drug abuse services, communicable diseases, emergency preparedness and more. Visit the website for more information.