Feb 17, 2021 Breaking Ground on a Bright Future at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

A bold expansion project will transform the hospital's neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.

On October 20, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a transformational $100 million renovation project that will literally change the face of the Lyons Avenue neighborhood.

“I grew up less than a mile from here,” says Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO of NBI and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. “I remember being a child walking down Lyons Avenue on my way to Weequahic Park and looking at this building like it was a fortress. Now, we will be matching our external campus appearance with the great medical accomplishments that take place inside.”

The centerpiece of the project will be the hospital’s new main lobby, an estimated 17,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed space with modern seating areas, community meeting spaces, an expansive registration area, and cafés. Other renovation highlights include an expanded Emergency Department, new Advanced Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant facilities, continued remodeling of the maternity unit, and renovated intensive care units.

The groundbreaking milestone is a step in continued positive change for the city of Newark. “Newark Beth Israel is an anchor in our community, not just in providing medical care, but in providing jobs, dealing with social determinants of health like food and housing, and much more,” says Ras Baraka, Mayor of Newark. “We look at Newark Beth Israel, Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, and RWJBarnabas Health as our partners here in Newark as we reenvision Lyons Avenue. This project is going to inspire other people to come and help us grow, expand and bring the South Ward back to the glory it once had.”

The groundbreaking was live-streamed to more than 500 people and accompanied by a chorus of video congratulations from staff members, community partners, local clergy members, and more. Visit our Expansion Project page to see a video of the event and to learn more.

To learn about ways to support this project, visit Giving at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.