Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is expanding its orthopedics pavilion and emergency department building.
Plans for the two-story, 76,600-square-foot vertical addition over the hospital’s existing pavilion and emergency department building were unveiled April 25. The space will house the new Orthopedic Center of Excellence, which will include 35 fully private patient rooms, a rehabilitation gym for orthopedic patients, and an ED Rapid Decision Unit.
“The Orthopedic Center of Excellence will create a preeminent facility to house all of our orthopedic patients in one area, further enhancing the care patients experience from our nationally recognized program. These enhancements will continue to make us a premier destination in the region for orthopedic care,” said RWJUH Somerset President and CEO Tony Cava in a statement. “The benefits of this expansion project will be felt by patients, their families, and staff across the hospital, as it will enable us to enhance privacy and safety throughout the facility. Additionally, the new space will facilitate future growth opportunities as we continue to evolve with the health care needs of our local community.”
The self-contained Orthopedic Center of Excellence will ensure that joint surgery patients can receive pre-and post-operative care close to home. The expansion will also include a 10-room ED Rapid Decision Unit which can be occupied by patients who require additional observation or are waiting for test results, thus helping reduce wait times in the ED and providing additional comfort for patients and their families.
RWJUH Somerset said it will convert the majority of the hospital’s existing patient rooms into fully private rooms that will feature larger windows for staff to observe patients, reducing disruptions and exposure to enhance patient healing, safety, and the overall care experience.
Construction on the project is slated to begin this summer.
In February, RWJUH Somerset moved its Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Department to a new 10,000-square-foot space on the hospital’s second floor. The renovated area includes six patient bays, eight procedure rooms and a bright, modern waiting area.