The Valley Hospital broke ground on its 372-bed state-of-the-art facility in Paramus on Friday.
Hospital executives were joined by Gov. Phil Murphy, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and other elected officials and community leaders at the site of the new hospital on Winters Avenue.
The facility will include 248 medical/surgical beds, 60 critical care beds, 11 operating rooms, six hybrid operating rooms and an emergency department with 70 treatment rooms. It will cost $800 million and will be funded through the issuance of bonds, hospital equity and philanthropic contributions totaling $60 million.
“The new Valley Hospital will raise the bar in all that we do. It will revolutionize how we deliver extraordinary health care, strengthen our ability to help people in their communities live healthier lives and provide the flexibility that will be needed to adapt to changes in health care delivery,” said Audrey Meyers, president and chief executive officer, The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.
Meyers said that the new facility would incorporate cutting edge technology and best practices in health care facility design including all single-patient rooms.
“As we celebrate the ground breaking of the new hospital we are also very proud to affirm our commitment to providing ground breaking health care. The design of the new hospital will enhance our ability to deliver high-quality care and service with a personal touch for which the Valley staff is so well known,” said Meyers.
Meyers said that the new hospital has been designed, constructed, operated and maintained using green or environmentally friendly principles and processes.
Murphy applauded Valley Hospital’s legacy of delivering compassionate health care.
“It is a legacy that stretches across seven decades. You don’t reach milestones like this by accident. You achieve them through constant progress and consistent performance, through visionary leadership and by having a generous philanthropic community and equally committed local officials and community leaders all of whom understand the value and importance of a hospital to the families it serves. Today these values are converging here in Paramus.”
Menendez said that for families, the value of having access to top-notch medical care so close could not be overstated.
“Whether you’re a parent with a child running a fever in the middle of the night or a patient in need of expertise when faced with a difficult diagnosis, it means a great deal to have a trusted provider like Valley Hospital as your neighbor,” Menendez said.
The new hospital will be the centerpiece of Valley’s health care campus in Paramus that includes the Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion, which houses the hospital’s comprehensive cancer and same-day surgery centers.
The current hospital in nearby Ridgewood opened in 1951 and is the second-largest employer in Bergen County.
The new facility has an anticipated opening in 2023.