Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center broke ground today on its new state-of-the-art, 530,000-square-foot patient pavilion along Second Street in Hackensack. The pavilion is the largest healthcare expansion project ever approved in New Jersey.
“The Second Street Pavilion will provide more than a half-million square feet where families from across New Jersey can receive cutting edge and forward looking care,” said Gov. Phil Murphy, who was in attendance for the ceremony along with multiple dignitaries and Hackensack Meridian executives. “This campus will be among the best – not just in the state – but in the nation.”
Murphy described the project as a “real jewel” for the community.
“For decades New Jersey has been a leader in not just delivering but also developing world class healthcare services. We’ve long set the standards that other states strive [towards]. Hackensack Meridian Health has been a big part of why we’ve enjoyed this position, and now we are going to raise the bar a little bit higher,” Murphy added.
Designed by lead architect RSC Architects of Hackensack, in partnership with EYP Architecture & Engineering of Houston, the nine-story pavilion will showcase 24 new operating rooms including an intraoperative MRI, a 50-bed Intensive Care Unit with a dedicated CT scanner, 150 medical-surgical beds including a 50-bed Orthopedic Institute, and support spaces including a new sterile processing department.
“As part of this leading edge design, the Second Street Pavilion and the rest of the medical center will provide an enhanced patient and family experience,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive of Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “It will allow us to continue to expand our quaternary care model to provide the latest in highly specialized healthcare services leveraging the latest technologies. We’ve looked into the future to ensure this campus can address the healthcare needs of the region today and for years to come.”
“With this innovative new facility, we’ve entered a new era in our ability to serve the healthcare needs of diverse populations throughout the region,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health.
A key component of the project is a new, state-of-the-art 43,500-square-foot Central Utility Plant (CUP), which is currently under construction at 60 Second Street, next to the Hillcrest Building, which will power the hospital’s campus and house the boilers, steam equipment, chillers, cooling towers and emergency generators. This will provide the hospital with enhanced capacity and redundancy while also providing energy efficiency.
The new pavilion will be a “Green” building design with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver Certification, ensuring it is environmentally efficient.
The Second Street Pavilion project is another in a long list of impressive expansions to Hackensack Meridian’s health system. This past July, in what is the state’s first private medical school in decades, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in Nutley welcomed its second class of 91 students, who were selected from nearly 5,000 applicants.
The Second Street Pavilion is expected to be completed by 2022.
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