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Phase 1 Completed State of the art medical equipment and renovations top off Phase I of Trinitas Emergency Department Expansion
Story Number is : 081816100
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Prompted by more than 73,000 emergency visits each year, Trinitas Regional Medical Center announced an $18 million expansion project designed to meet this pressing demand. Begun last October, the Medical Center recently completed the crucial first phase of the 3-part project that yielded great results for the future of patient care.
Phase I of the overall project included 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.
Trinitas President/ CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, pointed out that the expansion and facility enhancements are vital to patient care in Elizabeth and its surrounding communities. “As a primary healthcare provider in the Central Jersey region, Trinitas has long been committed to the needs of the communities it serves. In the past 15 years, we have seen that residents rely on us to care for them in the face of medical emergencies. With the expansion’s expected completion in 2017, we’ll be better able to continue to offer the highest level of patient care possible.”
Other enhancements rolled out within Phase I included a redesign of the main entrance and lobby, as well as, a new waiting area and registration area.
John D'Angelo, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine, noted that an aging population is a key cause for a higher number of emergency visits. "With a population that is growing older, we see more cardiac and stroke cases due to age-related factors."
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.



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