Newark Beth Israel Medical Center announced Tuesday it will name its Emergency Services Pavilion after the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, thanks to a $5 million grant the organization made to the hospital.
The new $5 million grant is the largest single commitment in the hospital’s 125-year history and will help support the massive and historic renovation of the hospital’s emergency department that is set to begin shortly.
Darrell Terry, the CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, said the hospital is thrilled to recognize the special relationship it has with the Healthcare Foundation.
“The future is certainly bright at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center as we prepare to embark on this $100 million expansion of our facility,” he said. “With a generous new commitment of $5 million toward this project, and over $25 million of additional programmatic and capital support over the past 25 years, we felt it would be incredibly appropriate to have the foundation’s name on such an important and visible aspect of the way we care for the communities we serve.”
Foundation CEO Marsha Atkind said the organization was grateful for the honor and happier still to make a difference.
“Amy Schechner, HFNJ chair, and I are extremely pleased and proud that the foundation has made this commitment to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and, by extension, to the people of Newark, who deserve access to the very best medical care available,” she said. “We are confident that this major renovation of the hospital will enhance that care and contribute to the revitalization of Newark’s South Ward.”
Newark Beth, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive health care. Newark Beth Israel is a Top Teaching Hospital and home to one of the nation’s Top 10 heart transplant centers, which has performed more than 1,000 heart transplants; RWJBarnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease and Transplant Program; and a Valve Center that performs complex cardiac valve procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements.
The new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Emergency Services Pavilion will expand by approximately 4,000 square feet and include nine new treatment areas in the adult emergency department, three new pediatric treatment areas and one new fast-track treatment area. It also will boast new exterior signage as well as a separate waiting area for families who come to the pediatric emergency department for care.
It is part of the $100 million renovation project that will transform the Lyons Avenue landscape and create a more welcoming space for the surrounding community and patients, a space that reflects the level of care delivered as well as the hospital’s commitment as an anchor institution in the city of Newark and the South Ward, Newark Beth officials said.
Newark Beth officials feel the renovation will result in the utilization of local and diverse businesses, as well as local hiring of Newark and surrounding community members.