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PHASE 1 OF TRINITAS ED EXPANSION COMPLETE
Multi-million dollar renovation project now enters second phase

To meet growing demands for emergency care, Trinitas Regional Medical Center has reached the completion of Phase 1 of a three-phase expansion and renovation project of its existing Emergency Department. Begun in 2015, the $18 million project is expected to be completed in 2017.

The new Emergency Department will have a total of 45 treatment rooms, up from its current 28, and separate treatment areas for families, children and seniors. In addition, the 24,000 square-foot expansion project will add three new beds to the existing Intensive Care Unit.

"Since we experience more than 73,000 emergency visits annually, a 40% increase over the past 15 years, our Trinitas Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the state," explained Gary S. Horan, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The Emergency Department was expanded when Trinitas opened its doors in January, 2000 following the consolidation of St. Elizabeth Hospital and Elizabeth General Medical Center. Fifteen years ago, we were treating approximately 29,000 visits. Since that time, the community has increasingly relied on us for emergency care services. This current expansion is our continuing dedication to the health of our community."

In addition, the completion of Phase 1 includes the location of a new 128-slice CT Scanner next to the Emergency Department. Its proximity will now benefit physicians and patients by reducing the length of time for scanning services and delivery of results to patients.

Dr. Eugene Kennedy MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology, explains, "The greater accessibility of the new CT Scanner means that our Emergency Department physicians will be able to treat our patients more efficiently and effectively. The installation of the scanner is the first step toward making the vision of the new Emergency Department a reality."

With state-of-the-art technology, the 128-slice CT scanner delivers less radiation per study, decreases the amount of contrast administered intravenously, and performs faster scanning that results in more rapid generation of images for radiologist access and review. All of these improvements translate into reduced treatment time which then reduces patient anxiety and stress in the emergency setting.

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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: May 6, 2016

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