RWJUH Somerset Unveils Orthopedic Center Expansion Plans

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, a RWJBarnabas Health facility, revealed plans for a two-story, 76,600-square-foot vertical expansion on top of the hospital’s existing Emergency Department (ED) building and Orthopedic Pavilion. The space will house the new Orthopedic Center of Excellence, which will include 35 completely private patient rooms and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym for orthopedic patients, and an Emergency Department Rapid Decision Unit.

“The Orthopedic Center of Excellence will create a preeminent facility to house all of our orthopedic patients in one area, further enhancing the patient care experience of our nationally recognized program. These improvements will continue to make us a premier destination in the region for orthopedic care,” said Tony Cava, president and CEO of RWJUH Somerset. “Patients, their families and staff throughout the hospital will feel the benefits of this expansion project as it will allow us to improve privacy and security throughout the facility. Additionally, the new space will facilitate future growth opportunities as we continue to evolve with the healthcare needs of our local community.”

The self-contained Orthopedic Center of Excellence will ensure that joint surgery patients can receive the highest quality pre- and post-operative care close to home, eliminating the need for patients to travel for surgery and rehabilitation. Patients will experience privacy and comfort through 35 thoughtfully furnished private inpatient rooms featuring amenities like convertible sofa beds, USB ports and work services, and a state-of-the-art rehab fitness center.

The expansion will also include a 10-room rapid decision unit for the RWJUH Somerset emergency department. Patients who require additional observation or are awaiting test results will occupy these rooms, helping to reduce wait times in the ED and providing greater convenience for patients and their families.

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Additionally, the new Orthopedic Center of Excellence will allow RWJUH Somerset to convert most of the hospital’s existing patient rooms to fully private rooms. The new patient rooms will feature larger windows for staff to observe patients reducing interruptions and exposure to improve healing, safety and the overall patient care experience. Construction of the expansion project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022.

RWJUH Somerset completed several recent renovations and improvement projects to ensure the hospital continues to evolve and meet the needs of the community it serves. In February 2022, the downtown Diabetes Center moved to a newly renovated modern space just off the hospital’s main lobby to help patients manage their diabetes in a comfortable and convenient setting. Later that month, the Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Department moved into a remodeled 10,000-square-foot location comprised of six patient bays and eight procedure rooms along with a bright, modern waiting area featuring state-of-the-art diagnostic technology. generation. In addition, the hospital has nearly completed a renovation that will transform the first-floor inpatient Eating Disorders Unit into an advanced, state-of-the-art facility that uses the latest research and evidence-based design principles to simultaneously meet the needs safety and security reviews. , enhance programming, and promote healing and wellness.

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About RWJ Somerset University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is a 333-bed nationally accredited hospital in Somerville, New Jersey, providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical, and rehabilitation services.

The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has been honored with the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital is also distinguished by its Institute for Joint Surgery, which receives the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and hip replacement surgery, and is designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. . Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset has been named a Center of Excellence for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation. In addition, it has received the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its acute myocardial infarction program.

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Honored as a leader in LGBT health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign, the hospital was the first in New Jersey to offer primary care services for the LGBTQIA community.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset also offers outpatient services at convenient locations in central New Jersey, including physical therapy services in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Princeton and Flemington and an urgent care center and sleep center in Hillsborough. In addition, the hospital’s affiliated medical offices provide care to families throughout its community.

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