Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hospital Begins $90M Expansion

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Hospital Begins $90M Expansion

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Englewood Hospital and Medical Center has embarked on a $90 million expansion plan, including a finished Family Birth Place, a new entrance driveway, and a cancer therapy and wellness center that is expected to be completed in the winter of 2016, hospital executives said.

The multiphase project will include a one-story extension and a three-story addition to the top of the hospital for the 180,000- square-foot Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center, which will consolidate all oncology services.

Hospital leaders decided to go forward with the project after an assessment was done of what the area's population and health care market would need over the next decade or so, said Warren Geller, president and CEO.

"The population is not growing but aging more rapidly than the rest of the country," Geller said. "And people over 65 are 10 times more likely to get cancer."

In addition, the demand for outpatient services is expected to grow by 80 percent over the next 10 years, Geller said.

Englewood's addition is just one of several expansion plans North Jersey hospitals have been undergoing for the past several years. Hackensack University Medical Center partnered with a for-profit to purchase Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge and to open a hospital at the site of the former Pascack Valley Hospital in Westwood. The Valley Hospital is fighting to nearly double in size at its Ridgewood site while purchasing another half-dozen properties in the area for research facilities, a cardiac center and outpatient services.

"For several years now, New Jersey's hospital facilities have on average ranked older than the national median," said Kerry McKean Kelly, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Hospital Association. "We're playing catch-up, to a degree, with our new hospital construction. A lot of this construction and expansion is also in response to the changing nature of health care. We don't need the same number of inpatient hospital beds that we have in the past, but there is a demand for more capacity in outpatient settings, emergency departments, birth centers and other types of specialized services. …

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