Newark Beth Israel opens new dedicated geriatric unit

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has opened a new, comprehensive geriatric unit.

It’s got brightly colored hallways, large-sized rooms and plenty of other specially outfitted features.

The new dedicated geriatric unit consists of 24 private rooms, spanning two floors of the hospital, and was designed to accommodate physical therapy activities. The beds are specifically designed to reduce pressure injuries and reduce fall hazards. The floors are cushioned and slip resistant. Private bathrooms have sliding doors and guard rails for ease of access. In addition, select rooms have been outfitted with equipment to support patients who are not ambulatory.

“This new unit is part of our ongoing commitment to delivering world-class care to our patients at every age and stage of life,” said Darrell Terry, CEO and president of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “We have equipped every room and hallway to ensure that older adults and their loved ones have an excellent experience and receive the highest quality care in the safest environment.”

Hallways are fitted with guardrails, pull-out seating, a centralized nursing station and dimmable lighting. The unit also features wheelchair-accessible family visitor lounges.

“Our goal is to exceed the individual expectations of each patient, to decrease the stress commonly associated with older adult care and to promote wellness in older adults,” Amy Doran, chief nursing officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, said.