Atlantic Health System celebrated the opening of its newly-built building in Newton on Tuesday.
The facility will serve as the new northern station of Atlantic Mobile Health, its transportation division, as well as AtHome Medical, which provides in-home medical equipment and supplies.
Located directly across High Street from Newton Medical Center, the new location gives Atlantic Health System its own facility for both services allowing team members to more easily access and operate its resources and able to more readily put them in use to serve the community.
Atlantic Mobile Health, which includes the entire medical transportation fleet of Atlantic Ambulance and AtHome Medical, were both previously housed in separate, leased locations – an ambulance station on Diller Avenue in Newton, and the At-Home Medical distribution center in Lafayette.
The new building measures 12,000 square feet and cost approximately $2.8 million to build. Construction was performed by Beacon Construction Services.
“Bringing both of these services into a bigger, more adaptable building of our own design gives us the freedom and additional capabilities to more easily respond to the needs of the Sussex County community,” said David Ferguson, director of Atlantic Mobile Health and AtHome Medical.
The new station features three large vehicle bays, which can house up to 12 ambulances. Atlantic Mobile Health plans to station six ambulances and two wheelchair vans, as well as two Atlantic Health Courier vehicles there.
According to Atlantic Health, the overall site offers far more space for the organization compared to its prior location. One notable improvement of the new site will be ample parking around the building that was not available at the former location, and sometimes led to logistical challenges for personnel.
Another major upgrade: the new site will also house part of Atlantic Health System’s motor services division, which will allow vehicles stationed in Newton to be serviced on-site instead of traveling to Atlantic Mobile Health’s main station in Livingston, nearly 40 miles away. The courtesy shuttle at Newton Medical Center can now also be serviced at the Newton site, saving the same trip.
The new building will also allow AtHome Medical to continue to grow. The service currently supplies 4,500 household oxygen systems and touches 30,000 lives each year throughout Atlantic Health System’s service area.