MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center announced the expansion and modernization of its Sameth Emergency Department (ED). Once design, funding and approvals are finalized, the project is expected to begin in early 2022, with an expected completion in 2024.
The two-phase project will optimize existing emergency department space to meet the community’s current and future needs to continue to provide clinically superior patient environment for better outcomes and improve operational flow. Phase I includes equipping the Emergency Department with the best-in-class technology, such as advanced computed tomography (CT) scanners, new patient cardiac monitors and expansion of trauma elevators.
Phase II will involve the physical expansion to accommodate additional beds and optimize the ED’s interior footprint. The most significant undertaking is relocating the 17-room Gagnon Children’s Emergency Department that is currently located next to the general ED. The dedicated pediatric emergency department will be moved to the first floor of Goryeb Children’s Hospital (GCH) which will have a separate pediatric entrance.
As a Level 1 ACS Trauma Center, Morristown Medical Center’s Emergency Department is among the busiest in the State of New Jersey, averaging over 100,000 patient visits per year.
“We are thrilled to bring a much-needed, newly expanded and modern Emergency Department to our community,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, President of Morristown Medical Center. “During the last few years and throughout the pandemic, we have experienced an increased demand for emergency medical and trauma services. We have exceptional medical specialists and sub-specialists available to treat any illness that comes through our doors for adults and children. We continue to provide extraordinary, high-quality care, the latest technology and modernized space to continue to serve our community now, and well into the future.”
The Sameth ED renovation and expansion cost is an estimated $26.9 million, and $10 million in community philanthropy is needed to complete the project. The Margaret A. Darrin Charitable Trust, which has generously supported a series of major initiatives of Morristown Medical Center, recently made a $2.5 million commitment. The gift will support the purchase of a new CT scanner, which uses less radiation and provides faster scanning times for patients. Thus far, the community has contributed more than $3 million through individual gifts and through the sold-out Foundation for Morristown Medical Center’s Golf Classic, which will take place later this month.
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