RWJUH celebrates final phase of emergency dept. expansion (SLIDESHOW)

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, announced Monday after 24 months of construction, it celebrated the completion of the final phase of its Emergency Department expansion project with a ribbon cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility.

The project increased the size of the facility by 20,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet and will allow RWJUH to meet an increased need for emergency medicine and trauma care in Central Jersey, as well as meeting more patient demand while providing better care, comfort and safety, it said.

The department will also feature:

  • 100+ new, private treatment areas for patients;
  • Three new trauma bays;
  • A separate, expanded Pediatric Emergency Department;
  • A treatment area for patients who arrive with less emergent diagnoses;
  • New in-house radiology and CT imaging for increased efficiency and reduced wait times for test results.

In addition to the advancements above, Phase I of the project included: a new ambulance entrance with parking to for eight ambulances; three new resuscitation bays for care of the most acutely ill and injured patients; a decontamination area; a care initiation area; and a result waiting area.

Speaking at the event were New Brunswick Mayor James M. Cahill; John J. Ganter, CEO and president, RWUH New Brunswick; Jack Morris, chair, RWJUH and founding chair, RWJBarnabas Health Board of Trustees; and Robert Eisenstein, chief ambulatory service/division of emergency care at RWJUH, associate professor and chairman, department of emergency medicine, Rutgers RWJ Medical School.