Holy Name Medical Center said March 31 announced the Serviam Foundation Inc., of Saddle River pledged a $3 million gift to support the construction of a new 9,800-square-foot, 19-bed, state-of-the-art intensive care unit. The Board of Trustees announced the new ICU will be named in honor of the foundation and co-founders Aleta and Rich Taylor and family.
Senator Paul Sarlo attended the ribbon-cutting event as a way to mark this important milestone for one of the state’s hardest hit hospitals.
“I personally know the Taylor family and they have a legacy of supporting causes that have wide-reaching impacts like this one at Holy Name Medical Center,” said Sarlo. “I am honored to participate in today’s event, knowing vulnerable residents in Bergen County who need specialized critical care will have access to this state-of-the-art facility and Holy Name’s skilled team of experts. Congratulations to Holy Name and thank you to the Taylors.”
The Taylors said the gift recognizes Holy Name’s outstanding patient care and the dedication of all its physicians, nurses, and staff.
“Serviam is Latin for ‘I Will Serve,’” said Rich Taylor, trustee of the Serviam Foundation. “This was a way to deepen our concern for others and turn it into meaningful action. It was especially important to us that we recognize Holy Name’s heroes during National Physicians Week, in honor of their tremendous sacrifice during this global health crisis.”
“We are incredibly grateful for this acknowledgment of Holy Name’s devoted medical and nursing team and our 96-year-old mission to provide compassionate, innovative patient care from before birth to end of life,” said Michael Maron, president and CEO of the medical center. “Over the past year, our team gave everything they had in treating COVID-19 patients and all those with other medical issues, and in safeguarding patients and staff alike. This extraordinary gift from the Serviam Foundation will allow us to build upon the lessons we learned this past year, and continue to be a national leader in providing advanced critical care for the most vulnerable patients.”
Holy Name was once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and one of the earliest and hardest hit hospitals in the U.S. The medical center’s previous ICU became overwhelmed quickly with patients. Within just 30 days, Holy Name’s facilities team built 276 negative-pressure rooms and 121 ICU beds for COVID-positive patients through retrofitting and new construction in a former hospital storage space and in-house conference center.
The new ICU – which is expected to open on Monday, April 5 — and its highly specialized staff will treat patients with all types of critical care needs. It will comprise advanced technology and innovative safety and infection control features, including:
·Nursing stations that accommodate nurse-to-patient ratios of 1:2
·All negative-pressure rooms
·Bipolar ionization system for air sterilization and far-UVC sanitizing lights to kill pathogens 24/7 in patient rooms
·Motion-activated transparent-to-opaque windows for patient privacy
·Remote-capable bedside care consoles with camera and HD monitoring with all-angle visibility
·Motorized patient lift systems