AtlantiCare ceremoniously broke ground on March 30 on a $38.3 million Medical Arts Pavilion in Atlantic City. The health care system purposely held the event on National Doctor’s Day to highlight the significance of the care and services it will provide in the new facility. The three-story, 69,700-square-foot building will significantly expand AtlantiCare’s resources for increasing access to care and addressing health care disparities. AtlantiCare will also expand Medical Education opportunities for medical students and residents to proactively address the current state and anticipated national shortage of primary care providers.
“The AtlantiCare Medical Arts Pavilion will be a modern, patient-centered facility,” said AtlantiCare President and CEO Lori Herndon. “This new building will give us the space we need to expand the care and services we provide to our community.”
Sheila Oliver, New Jersey Lieutenant Governor; New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority Chairman Robert Mulcahy, III; and Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sr. were among local and state leaders who joined AtlantiCare in marking the milestone of the project.
“I am elated to be here,” said Oliver. “Since the beginning of the Murphy administration, we’ve been having conversations with Lori and leadership in the hospital to conceptualize the construction of this building and facility,” said Oliver. “I can remember back 25 years ago people saying that the future economy of this country will be around health care. And here we are – health care is one of the biggest economic drivers in the United States and definitely in New Jersey.”
The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority gave AtlantiCare the land and has pledged $15 million toward the project.
Located at 7 South Ohio Avenue, the facility will be directly across the street from AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Atlantic City Campus.
“The location is special because Ohio Avenue is where we opened as Atlantic City’s first hospital in 1898 in a converted house,” said Herndon. Known as Atlantic City Hospital, it grew into the regional health care system AtlantiCare, whose more than 6,000 staff and providers care for the community in more than 100 locations in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May and Ocean counties of southern New Jersey.
AtlantiCare’s Medical Arts Pavilion will place strong focus on combatting two significant challenges in health care. One is closing the gap of health care disparities in underserved populations. The new facility will house a significant suite of services for women, children and families—providing services that are critical to preventing maternal and fetal deaths and supporting health and well-being of families.
AtlantiCare is also taking a proactive approach to addressing the shortage of primary care providers in New Jersey and the anticipated national shortage of physicians. AtlantiCare’s Medical Arts Pavilion will offer expanded opportunities for graduate medical residents and undergraduate medical students.
Services in the facility will include:
Expansion of AtlantiCare’s high-risk Maternal/Fetal Medicine Program
Expansion of Family Planning Services
A new Family Medicine Residency Program
Dialysis Center space for AtlantiCare’s joint venture with Fresenius Kidney Care
Medical Education classrooms
Patient care simulation rooms for medical education
An auditorium with capacity for 150 individuals
Additional AtlantiCare programs and services