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New Neuroscience Pavilion Opens

November 6, 2012
Advanced Unit Designed to Enhance Quality of Patient Care 

Somerset Medical Center has announced the grand opening of the Edward and Anita Hogan Neuroscience Pavilion, a new all-inclusive, advanced unit located on the fourth floor of the medical center designed to enhance quality of care for patients suffering from disorders of the nervous system, such as stroke, epilepsy (seizures), brain tumors, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s disease.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on November 7, 2012 in recognition of the generous community members who fully funded the $3.5 million neuroscience pavilion through philanthropic dollars and community donations.

“With in-patient demand for Neurosurgery expected to increase by 22% over the next five years and 50% during the next ten years, we’re excited to open our new facility designed to improve the community’s access to timely, quality neurological care,” said Ken Bateman, President and CEO at Somerset Medical Center. “Stroke affects people of all ages, races and backgrounds, putting just about everyone at some risk for stroke.  Somerset Medical Center remains dedicated to improving the quality of patient care, and we’re proud to unveil a new pavilion that benefits every member of the community.”

 The neuroscience pavilion is named in honor of Edward and Anita Hogan, dedicated community members committed to furthering various charitable, civic and professional causes in Somerset County.  Edward Hogan, who passed away after a massive cerebral hemorrhage in 2005, was one of the founding members of Somerset Medical Center Foundation in 1993, and through his leadership, the medical center and the Foundation experienced dramatic growth.  In making the lead gift to this fundraising campaign, Anita Hogan noted that Ed “would have been pleased to see the expert and caring treatment that he received when his own serious medical emergency brought him to Somerset Medical Center as a patient.”

 Through the renovation of 13,600 square feet of existing space on the medical center’s fourth floor, Somerset Medical Center incorporated the latest advances in emergency medicine, neurology, radiology, and rehabilitation to provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic care within a self-contained unit.  The new pavilion features 18 patient rooms with hotel-caliber amenities such as hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, and comfortable furnishings for guests.  In addition, the new unit includes a rehabilitation gym, throat and speech rehabilitation room, physicians’ reading room, examination and EEG prep room, family room, and high-tech nursing station.  A dedicated medical team certified in delivering neurological care will address the special needs of patients to enhance clinical outcomes.

Advanced technology is a distinguishing element of the neuroscience pavilion.  The new unit is equipped with the GetWellNetwork’s interactive patient education system, which will afford each patient a personal account linked to his or her medications.  The system will prompt patients to review condition-specific educational videos; take action (such as schedule a doctor’s appointment or fill a prescription before leaving the hospital); and report their pain / comfort levels, room cleanliness and meal selections.  Patient responses will be sent to the appropriate person or department for immediate action, enhancing efficiency and allowing nurses to spend more time focusing on patient care.  The new unit is also equipped with “Smart” beds, featuring wireless alarms and built-in scales, increasing patient safety and health care provider efficiency.  These advanced beds will communicate data directly to the nurse and electronic medical record, reducing opportunities for errors or patient falls. 

Somerset Medical Center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services, one of only 21 facilities in New Jersey to achieve this designation.  Stroke is a major health problem that can cause permanent disability and death, proving to be the country’s third largest killer, after cancer and heart disease, and the largest single cause of adult disability.  With a world-class team of physicians and clinicians and a new, multidisciplinary pavilion dedicated to advancing neurological care and optimizing patient outcomes, the medical center remains committed to meeting the community’s needs.

For more information about Somerset Medical Center and the Edward and Anita Hogan Neuroscience Pavilion, please visit 

About Somerset Medical Center

Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited, regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services and a broad range of community programs to Central New Jersey residents.  It is nationally recognized as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is an affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.  For more information please visit