Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) president, Steven G. Littleson said that “Traditionally, hospitals have earned unflattering reputations for being drab and dismal, noisy, confusing, and uncomfortable,” After a century of operations on this campus, JSUMC decided that it was the right time to renovate and refocus—to transform their practice and redefine the hospital care experience.
Our job? Project managers for the master facility plan. The new addition includes an emergency department (with 55 patient bays and five trauma rooms), a sterile processing department, six operating rooms, and much more. The renovated areas include a new NICU, MRI, morgue, pediatric unit, and lab space.
Also, a new parking garage includes a rooftop heliport, dedicated ambulance access, and direct connection to the atrium lobby. But one challenge we faced was location. The parking garage needed to be built on top of a solid waste landfill. Working closely with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, we installed a methane extraction system below the floor slab.
The Jersey Shore University Medical Center transformation is the first LEED Gold certified healthcare project in the state of New Jersey and the third in the country. With its new, increased focus on patient wellbeing and care, this transformation will redefine the hospital experience for years to come.