More than 1,000 guests receive first look at new Virtua Voorhees hospital
Pictured (left to right): Barry Graf, VP of Operations at Virtua Voorhees; Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE; New Jersey Acting Commissioner of Health and Senior Services Mary E. O’Dowd; James Dwyer, DO, Virtua Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer; Ninfa M. Saunders, Virtua President and COO; Richard P. Miller, Virtua CEO; Anthony Chigounis, Chairman, Virtua Board of Trustees; Virtua Voorhees COO Mike Kotzen; and Robert Segin, Virtua Executive VP and Chief Financial Officer.
Virtua opened the doors to its new Voorhees Hospital to more than 1,000 guests for the first look at one of the nation’s most innovative hospitals, designed with a focus on quality, safety, digital technology and an outstanding patient experience. Dubbed “the hospital of the future,” it encompasses 680,000 square-feet and provides 368 beds in private patient rooms. “It will transform health care in South Jersey and the region,” says Richard P. Miller, Virtua’s Chief Executive Officer. The new Virtua Voorhees hospital has been the region’s largest healthcare construction project in the past seven years, creating a critically important lifeline for the economy of the region.
Nearly 10 years of planning, including 34 months of construction, culminated in a hospital that consists of 5,400 tons of steel, 19,700 yards of concrete and 18 million feet of cable on 40 acres of land. But beyond the bricks and mortar, patients, families and staff are at the heart of the design.
“In designing the Virtua Voorhees hospital, we examined more than 180 processes and designed the facility based on the way clinicians and patients actually function in the hospital environment,” said Miller. “We took that knowledge and applied it system-wide to in order to deliver an outstanding patient experience at all of our hospitals. Creating this new hospital environment is only one of the many ways we are changing the face of healthcare in New Jersey.”
The space was designed around workflow and the patient care process. Physicians, nurses, patients and the community all had input in creating a design that works. Architects incorporated that input into their design and made needed adjustments such as decentralizing supplies and medication stations by locating them in multiple areas, closer to patient rooms with everything where and when it is needed. This places care-givers exactly where they want to be, in direct contact with the patient to offer comfort, perform procedures and administer care. It is a new design for healing that changes the way health care is delivered by putting the patient at the center of every experience.
Virtua designed the hospital to fully integrate the newest medical technology, from diagnostic and treatment equipment to advanced information technology and electronic medical records, with the ability to adopt new technologies into the future. This ensures that each patient receives the right care at the right time and in the right place. The new operating rooms offer sophisticated, digital design and advanced technologies that allow less invasive treatments, shortening recovery times and returning patients to normal much more quickly than in the past.
The healing environment goes beyond advanced technology and exceptional clinical staff by incorporating the use of natural light, healing gardens, walking paths and meditation spaces. Every room in the new hospital is private to provide personal space for optimum healing. Studies show that this environment reduces stress when a person is not well. Private rooms also enable a family member to stay overnight on a comfortable sleep sofa in the patient’s room, providing freedom for confidential conversations between patients, family and caregivers.
“Virtua’s mission was to build a medical campus from the ground up and include features that enable us to adapt to the rapidly evolving world of medicine and technology for generations to come, while placing the focus on the patient and the family,” said Miller. “Looking around me today I am proud to say that we have accomplished this goal.”
A community open house is set for 9 am to 4 pm on Sunday, May 1. Virtua officially opens the new campus to patients on May 22. Log on to www.virtua.org to read about all of the programs and services that will be included in the new facility.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, three acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, nine ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. Virtua employs more than 8,700 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org