Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) officially announced plans on Thursday to construct a new, state-of-the-art patient pavilion along Second Street in Hackensack.
Construction on the project is expected to begin this summer with 2022 projected as the opening.
A surface lot near campus will be used to address parking accommodations. HMH said efforts to relocate utilities and infrastructure in the Second Street courtyard is scheduled to begin immediately.
In a press release, HMH said that the 530,000-square-foot building will feature nine floors of cutting-edge technology and a design to provide patients and families with acute care, enhanced comfort and privacy.
“This large-scale, innovative project will truly transform the Hackensack University Medical Center campus, preparing us to effectively meet the growing needs of our patients and the communities we serve,” said Robert Garrett, chief executive officer of HMH, in a statement.
“As Bergen County’s first hospital and the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, Hackensack University Medical Center has always been setting the standard for excellence in health care. This is a major investment to elevate our best in class health care services and modernize our facilities to ensure we are providing patients the world-class, cutting-edge care they deserve,” said Garrett.
HUMC said that it is prioritizing the enhancement of the patient experience and will privatize and modernize all patient rooms over the next 10 years. The new pavilion, dedicated to improving patient care, is the first step in that process and will feature 24 new operating rooms, new and improved intensive care unit beds, as well as three floors of private patient rooms, according to HUMC.
Hackensack University Medical Center will celebrate its 130th anniversary this year, and I am confident that with these transformational changes, we will be well-positioned to successfully serve this community and the region for another 130 years.
– Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, regional president, northern market, Hackensack Meridian Health
In addition, the building will include a new Second Street entrance and visitor lobby; a visitor center, a new central sterile processing department; 24 operating rooms, including an intraoperative MRI; 50 ICU beds and shell space for an additional 25 ICUs; 100 medical-surgical bed; and a 50-bed Orthopedic Institute.
“This innovative project reflects our network’s deep commitment to better serving the needs of patients and families,” said Gordon Litwin, chair, Hackensack Meridian Health board of trustees. “This new pavilion will provide an enhanced patient experience, while preserving the privacy, respect and dignity our patients and families deserve.
“Our patients are at the heart of the work we do, and we will continue to pursue groundbreaking initiatives that advance the network’s world-class, patient- and family-centered care well into the future,” Litwin said
“This is a significant moment for Hackensack University Medical Center. With our innovative, new pavilion, we are elevating the standard of health care not only in New Jersey but across the country,” said Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, regional president, northern market, at HMH.
“Hackensack University Medical Center will celebrate its 130th anniversary this year, and I am confident that with these transformational changes, we will be well-positioned to successfully serve this community and the region for another 130 years,” Sawczuk said.
“This project reflects Hackensack University Medical Center’s ongoing commitment to successfully meet the needs of the entire region to provide superior, highly complex, and tertiary and quaternary care,” said Mark Sparta president and chief hospital executive of HUMC and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health.
“As the delivery of health care has advanced and the complexity of surgery has changed, there is a critical need for more physical space to effectively deliver high-quality care. This new pavilion will ensure Hackensack University Medical Center remains on the forefront of patient care with cutting-edge operating rooms and modern patient accommodations,” said Sparta.