Hospital Opens Renovated And Expanded Emergency Department

PERTH AMBOY—Raritan Bay Medical Center held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a newly-expanded and renovated emergency department at its Perth Amboy hospital yesterday.

RBMC began a more than $1 million renovation project to expand and refurbish its Perth Amboy emergency department earlier this year, as part of the medical center’s ongoing growth and renewal program Vision 2011.


The medical center celebrated the 3,530 sq/ft. expansion’s opening December 16, which includes 10 additional patient beds and private patient rooms, new state-of-the-art digital patient monitoring and “see-thru CPR” defibrillator equipment, an expanded Fast Track area (providing speedy care for less serious emergencies) and more physical space enhancing the comfort level for patients and their loved ones.

“I’m extremely proud of the work that went into enhancing our emergency services at Perth Amboy. The additional beds, amenities and cutting-edge equipment will enable our expert physicians and Magnet nurses to triage and care for our patients more efficiently and will streamline treatment processes to speed up care,” said Michael R. D’Agnes, president and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center. “Ultimately, our goal is to be the medical destination of choice for the community we serve.”

The new defibrillators may be used in conjunction with RBMC’s Thermosuits, inflatable cocoon-like non-invasive devices that reduce body temperature rapidly, allowing for an extremely effective resuscitation bundle, enhancing RBMC clinicians’ ability to save lives.

The expansion also includes a new emergency department-dedicated elevator allowing easy and rapid transfer of patients, to be admitted, to patient floors and to the medical center’s cardiac catheterization laboratories and stroke unit. The new bedside monitoring equipment standardizes patient data with all departments and, in the near future, will allow caregivers to acquire 12-lead EKG heart data and electronically share with the cardiology department, through the medical center’s computer-based Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), giving cardiologists the data more quickly.

The patient focused and multifaceted Vision 2011 plan will continue in the coming months. As part of this plan, RBMC opened the renovated Dr. Sam. Gordon Berkow Maternity Pavilion in Perth Amboy, physician offices in the Medical Pavilion at Perth Amboy and the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge, which provides urgent non-emergency care, obstetrical/gynecological physician practice and physical therapy services. Urgent care, provided by a physician or nurse practitioner, is available with or without an appointment 365 days a year, for common illnesses; colds, sore throat, eye, ear and sinus infections and chronic conditions; asthma, allergies, digestive disorders and injuries suffered at home or at work and more.

In the coming months the Old Bridge emergency department’s Fast Track area will be expanded to match the already large waiting room and patient care accommodations.

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