On Sept. 10, the AtlantiCare community ceremoniously marked the completion of the steel structure for the health care system’s new Medical Arts Pavilion.
The $38.3 million, three-story, 69,700-square-foot facility is located on the very same block where the health care system established its roots as Atlantic City Hospital in 1898. More than a ceremonial “beam placement,” the event celebrated AtlantiCare’s history of serving, and being an integral member of, the community for 123 years, while reinforcing its commitment to providing the vision, leadership and innovation that set the standard for health care excellence.
“This is a long time coming because we really knew that we needed to make a deeper investment in Atlantic City, and here it is,” said Lori Herndon, AtlantiCare president and chief executive officer. “I look at this as the next great chapter of AtlantiCare in Atlantic City.”
After breaking ground on its Medical Arts Pavilion in March 2021, AtlantiCare celebrated the next milestone at the construction site, located at 7 S. Ohio Ave. in Atlantic City—situated in the same block on which AtlantiCare opened its first hospital in a converted house.
The beam signing began just after sunrise so that two shifts of AtlantiCare staff could “make their mark” by signing the beam before it was hoisted into place. At 9:30 a.m., Herndon and a small group of AtlantiCare staff, providers and community leaders participated in a short ceremony that shared the vision of the communitywide impact the new facility will have. The celebration concluded with the construction team placing the beam, taking the community one step closer to the Medical Arts Pavilion’s opening, which is anticipated for fall 2022.
Located directly across from the ARMC Atlantic City Campus, the new facility will expand AtlantiCare’s programs and services aimed at increasing access to care and addressing health care disparities. These include expanding its Maternal/Fetal Medicine program for high-risk pregnancies; its Family Planning services; and its Federally Qualified Health Center services, currently located in the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex, 1401 Atlantic Ave. Additionally, it will add a Neonatal Intensive Care Transition of Care Unit.
To address the growing need for physicians in New Jersey and the anticipated nationwide shortage of physicians, the Medical Arts Pavilion will broaden AtlantiCare’s graduate and undergraduate Medical Education program opportunities. The facility will include an auditorium with capacity for up to 150 people, medical education classrooms and offices, simulation labs to help students develop and maintain clinical skills, and more.d