Hudson County’s busiest Emergency Department will double in size with $100M expansion

Jersey City Medical Center also will open new pediatric ED

Jersey City Medical Center, an affiliate of RWJBarnabas Health, this week unveiled an expanded adult and new pediatric Emergency Department. The new state-of-the-art department is part of a $100 million expansion, totaling 60,000 square feet, that will include surgery suites and more rooms for inpatients.

“The expanded Emergency Department will further enhance Jersey City Medical Center’s capacity to deliver outstanding care to the community,” Barry Ostrowsky, CEO of RWJBarnabas Health, stated.

Ostrowsky added that the medical center is also opening a new pediatric emergency department as part of the expansion, with support from a donation from the Abercrombie Guild. JCMC’s Emergency Department already was the busiest and highest-volume ED in Hudson County before the expansion.

In addition to 765 doctors and 603 nurses, the hospital has a total number of 2,521 staff and a team of volunteers. Jersey City Medical Center sees more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually, with 16,070 admissions, 7,204 surgeries (including same-day surgeries) and 2,024 births.

“Hudson County is one of the fastest growing regions in the Garden State. A major upgrade is not only welcome news, but it is also necessary. Now more than ever, Hudson County residents don’t have to travel far to receive the most advanced care available,” RWJBarnabas Health President Mark Manigan said.

JCMC CEO and President Michael Prilutsky added that, even before the construction, the Emergency Department saw more than 80,000 visits annually.

“We do expect an increased demand for our Emergency Department services as Jersey City and Hudson County continue to grow. The reason for doubling the size of the ED is to enable us to continue to provide safe, high-quality care and, as importantly, leveraging the state-of-the-art facility, continue to retain and attract the best healthcare professionals,” Prilutsky said.

As part of the $100 million expansion, JCMC is not only dramatically increasing the size of the existing Emergency Department, but also opening the new Abercrombie Guild Pediatric Emergency Department, part of the Children’s Health Network of RWJBarnabas Health. The new ED for children was made possible with help from a generous multimillion-dollar gift from the Abercrombie Guild — its historic final donation as the entity ends its operations.