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Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Launches Emergency Department Expansion Project to Meet Needs of Growing Communities It Serves

March 31, 2017
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Responding to an increasing need for emergency medicine and trauma care services in the greater Central New Jersey area, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and RWJBarnabas Health have launched an ambitious Emergency Department expansion project.

The project, which began on March 6, expands RWJUH’s current Emergency Department from 40,000 to 60,000 square feet. Once complete, the Emergency Department will feature more than 100 private treatment areas for patients, including three additional new trauma bays. A new ambulance bay will accommodate eight ambulances at one time. The expanded space also offers patients radiology imaging in the department, which can potentially reduce wait times for test results. The new capacity also allows RWJUH to offer a fast-track option for patients who arrive at the department with less emergent diagnoses. All Emergency Department services and operations will continue uninterrupted during the project.

“As one of only three Level I Trauma Centers in New Jersey and an Emergency Department that experiences a high volume of cases annually, our hospital addresses some of the most serious illnesses and accident-related injuries in the state,” explains Michael Antoniades, RWJUH President and Chief Executive Officer. “The diverse communities we serve continue to grow with evolving health care needs. As an academic medical center and a leader in emergency and trauma care, more people than ever before seek our services. This project will give us the ability to meet this demand now and in the future.”

RWJUH currently cares for more than 95,000 emergency department and trauma patients annually.

Throughout phase one of the project, which is now underway and is expected to run until July 2018, Little Albany Street will be open only to emergency transport ambulances between Somerset Street and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey entrance. During this time, this area will be used entirely for Emergency Department and patient-related services; any non-emergency related drop-offs/pick-ups, deliveries or activities will not be permitted.

Emergency patient drop-offs can be made at the designated area at the Somerset and Little Albany streets intersection. 

Patients and visitors can use the Valet Service at the hospital’s main entrance on Somerset Street or access the Self-Park Garage on Little Albany Street via Easton Avenue.

Vehicles entering the East Tower Parking Garage should access Little Albany Street via Easton Avenue or use the garage’s French Street entrance.

Vehicles entering Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey should access Little Albany Street via Easton Avenue.

For more information about the expansion project, please visit www.rwjuh.edu/rwjuh/emergency-department-expansion.aspx.


About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations.

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.