Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Opens Fully Renovated Emergency Department

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Opens Fully Renovated Emergency Department


Today is an incredibly exciting day for
us here at Robert Wood Johnson. We just cut the ribbon on the last phase of our
new emergency department. This is the culmination of a two-year project which
took a very old, dated E.D. to a brand new state-of-the-art emergency
department that allows us to a provide outstanding care in an outstanding
environment for our patients. The project has expanded our emergency facilities
from 40,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet – so that’s a 50% increase. The
expanded emergency department includes a hundred private bays – more than 100
private treatment areas we have a separate pediatric emergency department. Over the last two years the very first thing that we did was redid our
ambulance bay – it went from what I used to call was the Batcave to now it’s nice
eight beautiful ambulance bays that EMS can easily back in easily pull out and makes access that much greater for our EMS providers. I can’t thank everyone
enough for giving the amount of effort that they gave every day to take care of
our patients in the conditions they had to work in – a construction zone. It was
not easy. It really redesigned the way patient flow happens in the emergency
department. And what we’ve done is redesigned the E.D. to create a process
that we can get you from walking in the door to a room to see doctor, or see a P.A.
as quickly as possible. The additional high volume capacity
created with new patient spaces and trauma rooms, a new ambulance bay and
radiology imaging within the department itself will further enhance the ability
of the dedicated emergency department staff to treat the hundreds of patients
who come through these doors each and every day. Similar to the pediatric
emergency department was the first to have this – they have a sensory room which
is really a place for the patients on the autism spectrum where they are in a
more comfortable environment with lots of activities and things to help keep
them distracted keep them busy. As we move into opening this last phase of the
adult emergency department we have a room just like that here for our adult
patients that are on the autism spectrum. Our emergency department today serves
about 95,000 patients annually. We expect that with the additional capacity those
numbers will go up. This project represents a significant investment in
dollars, in infrastructure, but it’s also an investment in people. We are incredibly excited to finally, after two years, be able to move into this
brand-new space. RWJBarnabas Health Let’s be healthy together.

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