Cooperman pavilion will elevate Saint Barnabas, health system says

RWJBarnabas Health recently unveiled its newest, 241,000-square-foot addition to the flagship Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.

The Cooperman Family Pavilion, named for Millburn residents Leon and Toby Cooperman, includes 114 new private rooms, a 56-bassinet neonatal intensive care unit, a number of new labs, a same-day surgery suite lounge and a new three-story parking garage that can hold 400 vehicles.

The modernized facility is one that will serve a majority of residents in Livingston, West Orange and South Orange, according to RWJBH.

“The Cooperman Family Pavilion exemplifies the remarkable care that is provided at this award-winning medical center,” said CEO and President Barry Ostrowsky. “This is linked to clinical care; it will elevate clinical care. New facilities are more technologically sound, individual rooms are better clinically. This is not about cosmetics.”

Leon Cooperman, who donated $25 million to the project, told ROI-NJ that it is important for health care providers to be able to provide the best quality care, and an improved facility is part of that ability.

The project was completed on time — it is scheduled to allow patients in beginning Monday, Sept. 18 —  and on budget at $200 million.

Saint Barnabas CEO and President Stephen Zieniewicz said the new wing was important for the facility.

The private rooms can accommodate family members for overnight stays, many have floor-to-ceiling windows for more natural light, and there are family conference and waiting areas.