A NEW MODEL FOR EMERGENT CARE
DCC DESIGN TEAM | MAY 2018
Phase I of the Emergency Department expansion and renovation project at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Barnabas Health New Brunswick campus is complete. This project highlights a new generation of ED design that focuses on optimizing patient flow by acuity, staff engagement, and the full experience of consumers in receiving emergency medical care.
Initial construction of this 9 phase project began in March of 2017. Phase I was completed in May of this year as RWJUH remained fully operational, serving its growing community. Phase I includes a new ambulance entry allowing for easier access and movement for emergency vehicles and crews, three new state of the art resuscitation bays within a dedicated trauma suite, a decontamination area and care initiation suite including results waiting for lower acuity patient assessment.
As a long standing partner of RWJUH, DCC Design was tasked with reimagining the system’s strong brand identity to fit the innovative, energetic, fast-paced environment of their emergency department. The design utilizes clean lines and sleek modern materials that evoke an urban landscape, balanced with concentrated cool colors and wood tones, customary to the RWJUH patient experience. Patient privacy in conjunction with staff visibility was of the utmost importance, encouraging the design team to develop creative solutions to traditional ED designs, like curvilinear, colorful glazing along result waiting bays. Nicole Cocolin, principal in charge of DCC Design, is thrilled to collaborate with RWJUH on such an influential project.
“It is an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to create a state of the art emergency department for the state of the art care this team continues to deliver.”
President and CEO of RWJUH New Brunswick, John Gantner, celebrated the completion of phase I of the expansion in a ceremonial ribbon cutting. He has described the renovation as being a “bold undertaking” that will be truly transformational.
The projected completion of the ED expansion is Mid-2020.
The level I Trauma Center will nearly double in size upon completion of its renovation. The 56,000 square foot expansion is being implemented to meet the increasing needs of patients and medical staff, as the Emergency Department is estimated to serve approximately 100,000 to 105,000 patients every year. The new design was created with close input from the medical team and will incorporate a “nurse first” visual triage process from the entry, Care Initiation Suite, 54 treatment rooms, it’s own 12 room behavioral health unit, three (3) resuscitation bays, dedicated radiology services, and a Pediatric Emergency department.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Barnabas Health | Planning + Interior Design Services | Construction Cost, $42 million