By: SNJ Today Staff
MULLICA HILL, N.J. — In 2004, Inspira Health opened its medical center in Vineland, expanding services and raising the level of care it provides to the greater Cumberland County region. With this experience as a guide, Inspira celebrated the completion of its $356 million state-of-the-art medical facility in Mullica Hill on Friday, Nov. 8 with a gala ceremony and evening of performances.
The first new medical facility in Gloucester County in nearly 45 years, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill brings the latest in medical and communications technology to a 100-acre parcel adjacent to Rowan University’s West Campus. With 210 private rooms and a complete suite of Smart Room technology, the 465,000-square-foot hospital plans to enhance clinical quality, safety, and the patient experience.
“This is a tremendous moment for South Jersey, Gloucester County, and our health system,” said John DiAngelo, president and CEO of Inspira Health. “With this new hospital, our commitment to providing exceptional care for our community, in our community reaches a new level.”
The hospital’s Smart Room suite of innovative communication and clinical systems includes technology that automatically places patient vital signs into the electronic medical record; virtual guard rails that add an extra layer of protection for patients who are at high risk of falls; real-time identification of all staff members who enter a patient room; and easy access to the internet as well as a wide assortment of patient education and entertainment programming.
“From the earliest discussions back in 2013,” said Michael McLaughlin, chair of the Inspira Health Board of Trustees, “the board and senior leadership have been laser-focused on creating a new hospital that will elevate the delivery of health care, with an emphasis on leveraging new technology to enhance convenience, safety, and the overall health care experience.”
“The support from the community and the effort that has gone into planning and constructing our new hospital are truly awe-inspiring,” said Gary Galloway, chairman of the Inspira Hospital Board. “Our teams listened to community members, patients, employees, and physicians to ensure that this new hospital will meet the current and future needs of our region.”
Inspira broke ground on its new hospital in March of 2017. In 2018, construction began on an adjoining leading-edge cancer center. Approximately half of the 100-acre parcel remains available for future projects, which may include medical office buildings and education facilities. Upon the opening of the hospital, Gloucester County will be home to an “Eds and Meds” hub that will continue to elevate education and medical care throughout the region. The Inspira Innovation Center opened in Rowan’s South Jersey Technology Park in 2017 and has fortified an excellent working relationship between the two institutions. The new medical center’s proximity to the Rowan campus will open new opportunities for education, research, and innovation.
Slated to open in early December, Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill will feature the following amenities:
• Modern, home-like Maternity Center, featuring 15 labor/delivery/recovery/post-partum suites
• 62-room Emergency Department, including dedicated pediatric and senior ERs
• Cardiac Cath Lab (including biplane technology) with Emergency PCI—angioplasty and stenting—for heart attack patients
• Digital Health Records for enhanced coordination of care and patient safety
• State-of-the-art Surgical Suites, including two robot-assisted surgery systems and hybrid OR for advanced vascular procedures
Inspira Health traces its roots back to the late 1800s. Today, it provides more than 150 access points in five South Jersey counties. With the opening of Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill, it will operate two of the seven newest hospitals in the state.
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