Nov 29, 2022 Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Opens State-of-the-Art Trauma Intensive Care Unit

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Trauma ICU ribbon cutting

(New Brunswick, NJ) – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), an RWJBarnabas Health Facility, introduced its new, state-of-the-art trauma care intensive care unit this week. The 10,500 square-foot unit features:

  • 12 ICU Patient Rooms equipped with lights, booms, lifts, dialysis connections and computers
  • Spacious Staff and Clinical Support Areas
  • Private, Welcoming Family Waiting Area
  • Private Physician-Family Consultation Room

As one of only three state-designated Level I Trauma Centers and an American College of Surgeons-designated Pediatric Trauma Center, RWJUH provides the state and region with the most advanced, comprehensive trauma and emergency care.

“As a Level I Trauma Center, RWJUH cares for some of the most critically ill patients from across the state,” said Bill Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJUH. “The complexity of these injuries require a higher level of dedicated, specialized care and we are proud to provide our communities and team with the best resources and most advanced technology to help save lives.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Trauma ICU

The new patient rooms feature overhead lighting, which enables physicians to perform procedures in the room without transporting a patient. The rooms also have medical equipment booms that are designed to free the workspace and keep equipment clean and off of the ground. The booms ergonomically centralize all support equipment and utility services for staff. Each room has large glass doors that open completely, making patient transport easier. Doors to all patient rooms are transparent, which helps nurses monitor patients. The doors can be made opaque for privacy.

“All team members across nursing, trauma, and emergency medicine contributed to the planning of this beautiful new unit,” adds Maryann Brookes, RN, BSN, CCRN, Nursing Director for Trauma and Neurocritical Care. “The safety and comfort of our patients, family members and staff remained our top priorities throughout the entire planning process.”

The Level I Trauma Center at RWJUH is an American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma-verified Adult Level I Trauma Center and an American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma-verified Pediatric Level II Trauma Center. The Level I Trauma Center cares for approximately 2,800 trauma patients a year. Of those approximately, 2,200 are admitted each year.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), a 614-bed RWJBarnabas Health Facility, is New Jersey’s largest academic medical center through its deep partnership with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. RWJUH is the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Its other Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, orthopedics, bariatric surgery and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first designated Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness. Learn more at


Peter Haigney
RWJUH Public Relations