Raritan Bay Medical Center said construction is complete on a new 100,000-square-foot Medical Arts Building at its Old Bridge location, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015.
Last month, Perth Amboy-based Raritan Bay announced plans to merge with Meridian Health, one of the state’s largest health care systems, with headquarters in Neptune and locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Then, earlier this month, Meridian and Hackensack University Health Network announced they will merge and create the state’s largest health care system, with annual revenue of $3.44 billion, to be named Hackensack Meridian Health.
Raritan Bay’s new facility is in line with the movement of hospital systems toward more outpatient, ambulatory services, as health care reform seeks to reduce the volume of health care provided in the more costly inpatient and emergency room settings.
Features of the medical arts building include the Joslin Diabetes Center at RBMC, advanced diagnostic imaging and laboratory services, an ambulatory surgery center, five operating room suites, women’s imaging, physician offices representing a variety of specialties and more.
Michael R. D’Agnes, president and chief executive of Raritan Bay, said, “This new building transforms our Old Bridge facility, placing a greater emphasis on surgical and outpatient services.”
The new imaging center has open MRI, 160-slice CT, ultrasound, X-ray and nuclear medicine as well as extended services for women’s health such as 3D mammography and bone densitometry. The ambulatory surgery center is a partnership between the hospital and more than 25 surgeons on the RBMC medical staff.
Dr. Andrew Citron, medical director of the ASC and director of the division of anesthesiology at RBMC, said: “This brings Raritan Bay Medical Center’s total ORs in Old Bridge up to nine. I’m very excited about increasing surgical services for the community and surrounding areas.”
The building connects to the main hospital via a second floor enclosed bridge.
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