Paterson, NJ [December 10, 2009] – Civic leaders and hospital officials broke ground for a new Critical Care Building on the Paterson campus of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in November, marking a major step forward in a five-year, $250 million expansion and renovation investment project launched by St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Guest speakers Congressman Bill Pascrell, 8th District, NJ, and Mayor José "Joey" Torres, City of Paterson, commended the Healthcare System on the project and noted the positive impact on the region and the city. St. Joseph's Healthcare System received a senate citation signed by New Jersey State Senator John A. Girgenti that also praised the organization for breaking ground on the Critical Care Building.
"The expansion project will enable physicians and staff to provide expanded high-quality care in a state-of-the-art facility," William A. McDonald, President & CEO of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, told guests at the groundbreaking. When construction is completed in early 2012, the new facility will include an adult Emergency Department, featuring five trauma bays, 50 treatment areas, nine Fast Track bays and four Triage rooms; a Pediatric Emergency Department, featuring 14 bays; a surgical suite with 12 systems-integrated operating rooms, pre-operative and post-operative areas, and a dedicated Surgical Waiting Area; a Cardiac Care Unit/Open Heart Cardiac Care Unit; a Surgical Intensive Care Unit; a Medical Intensive Care Unit; an Intensive Respiratory Care Unit; and a rooftop helistop.
As the region's leading healthcare provider, St. Joseph's Healthcare System is experiencing rapid growth, with record levels of more than 1.6 million outpatient procedures and visits, nearly 200,000 patient days and more than 130,000 Emergency Department visits last year. According to McDonald, the healthcare system has shown strong financial performance in recent years, with funding for the five-year expansion and renovation coming primarily from investment and operating income, bond issues and philanthropic support being sought through a major capital campaign.
Construction of a new Critical Care Building is one element of an ambitious, multiphase project designed to meet the growing demand for emergency services and both inpatient and outpatient care at St. Joseph's campuses in Paterson and Wayne. Phase I of the facilities project began in the fall of 2008 and was completed in June 2009 with the opening of the new DePaul Ambulatory Care Center at St. Joseph's located at 11 Getty Avenue. Phase II began in fall 2009 with the demolition of the Johnson Building and 100 Hospital Plaza at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center campus to make way for the new Critical Care Building. The construction of a new main lobby with state-of-the-art conference center at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is under way with completion slated for the fall of 2010. The new Critical Care Building is part of Phase III of the facilities project and construction will continue through early 2012. The fourth and final phase of the project will include the renovation of a portion of the existing Emergency Department and creation of a new outpatient entrance.
The five-year project is expected to create numerous construction and healthcare jobs, expand the healthcare services offered to residents of the region, and enhance the medical center's urban environment.
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