SOMERVILLE — A proposal to build a two-story expansion at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset will be considered by the borough’s zoning adjustment board on March 16.
Rehill Avenue Hospital is proposing to construct the 76,000 square foot expansion above the emergency room building.
The space would house a new Orthopedic Center of Excellence, which would include 35 private inpatient rooms for orthopedic patients and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gymnasium.
The expansion would also include a 10-bed rapid decision unit for observation of emergency department patients.
Hospital officials say the Orthopedic Center of Excellence will help ensure that joint surgery patients can “receive the highest quality preoperative and postoperative care close to home.”
The rapid decision unit will help reduce emergency department wait times and provide increased comfort for patients and their families, according to the hospital.
Additionally, by moving the existing orthopedic unit to the new space, the hospital would be able to convert most of its patient rooms to private rooms.
The expansion would be staffed with 32 peak workers, according to legal notice from the zoning board’s public hearing.
The expansion would bring the total area of the hospital to 762,325 square feet.
The project before council, according to the legal notice, also includes a two-storey bridge between the main hospital building and the ED / Med-Surg pavilion, electrical upgrades, storage and a ramp. for the disabled at the South Fuld Building.
The 7 p.m. meeting will take place in the council chambers at police headquarters on South Bridge Street.
The meeting will also be broadcast live on the borough network. Youtube channel.
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