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

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.