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RWJUH Completes Final Phase of New Emergency Room Expansion

RWJUH President and CEO John Gantner at the opening of the hospital's new expanded emergency department.

After two years of construction, the expansion of the Emergency Department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is now up and running, and actively serving the community. The department has grown 50 percent as a result of the expansion, and is now 60,000 square feet in size.

In a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning, RWJUH President and CEO John Gantner thanked the ER physicians, nurses, CCDs, unit clerks, and EMS personnel. "Without their extra effort," said Gantner, "this would not be possible." 

Board Chairman Jack Morris indicated more expansion projects are planned for the future. "This is what we do. We take care of people. Our system will continue to build a great health care system to continue to take care of all of our community, " said Morris. "Our expansion has just started, and we couldn't do it without great partners that we have here in New Brunswick."

Mayor Jim Cahill congratulated all involved with the expansion, and thanked the hospital staff for its ongoing commitment to the City. "The additional high-volume capacity created, with new patient spaces and trauma rooms, a new ambulance bay and radiology imaging within the department itself, will further enhance the ability of the dedicated emergency department staff to treat the hundreds of patients who come through these doors each and every day. Your vision and desire to take already-outstanding emergency service and make it even better is certainly commendable."