U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, recently announced a $775,000 federal investment clawed back from the federal government to the Garden State to add a CT scanner at Hackensack University Medical Center’s new Intensive Care Unit.
Previously, the staff was required to transport patients to the imaging center for scans to determine whether a procedure or treatment was successful; this new device, located in the ICU facility, eliminates those transports. This both protects a patient’s health and eases the burden of an industry that faces a shortage of workers.
“I’ve heard from health care workers here at HUMC that moving a patient from the ICU can require four or more staff members, and it can be an incredibly difficult and stressful process for both the patient and the staff,” Gottheimer said during a ceremony announcing the investment.
“This critical federal investment will help this great nonprofit, teaching hospital complete the expansion of their new intensive care unit being built in the pavilion right behind me — ensuring that doctors, nurses, and techs have what they need to treat seriously-ill patients in critical need of care,” he added. “Instead of having to wheel a patient around the hospital for an urgently needed scan, they can do it right here in the ICU. This is especially important because moving ICU patients can cause risks to their health and it’s a labor-intensive task for hospital staff.”
The new CT scanner is among the community proposals Gottheimer secured as part of bipartisan legislation signed into law last month, according to a statement.
Mark Sparta, president of Hackensack University Medical Center, said the expansion will support hundreds of new jobs, 24 operating rooms, 50 ICU beds, 150 medical surgical private rooms, a new central utility plant and more.
“We are grateful to Rep. Josh Gottheimer for his support in helping us continue to advance healthcare for the communities we are privileged to serve,” Robert Garrett, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, said in a statement. “This project, one of the largest hospital expansions in the nation, will provide innovative care and ensure that Hackensack University Medical Center remains one of the best hospitals in the nation.”
Sparta added, “Having this technology in our ICU is a gamechanger and we could not be more grateful to the Congressman for his help in supporting the funding needed for us to be able to locate and construct the room needed for that CAT scanner on that ICU.”