NEWARK, NJ – A historic $150 million expansion project underway at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center will now be dubbed “Newark Strong." 

The name was announced on Tuesday by the hospital's administration to acknowledge the largest expansion of the facility in more than 50 years. The project first broke ground in October 2020 to build out the South Ward hospital's main lobby, services, emergency departments and operating rooms. 

“This is such an exciting time for our employees, physicians, and community. This inclusive project will transform our hospital and spark investment in the South [Ward]," said Newark Beth Israel and Children's Hospital of New Jersey CEO Darrell Terry. "Our employees, physicians, nurses and community voted, and they chose a name that captures what this project means to our neighbors as well as our staff." 

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Throughout the construction phase of the project, officials said the hospital will display the name on a banner located on the corner of Osborne Terrace and Lyons Avenue. 

Once completed, the expansion will change the face of the medical center and the Lyons Avenue landscape. 

The highlight of the project will be the hospital’s new main lobby, an estimated 17,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed space with modern seating areas, community meeting spaces, an expansive registration area and cafés.

Other highlights of the project include an expanded Emergency Department, advanced heart failure treatment and transplant facilities, continued remodeling of the maternity unit, and renovated intensive care units. 

The expanded Emergency Department is planned to increase by approximately 4,000-square-feet, including nine new treatment areas in the adult ED, three new pediatric treatment areas and one new fast-track treatment area. The ED will boast new exterior signage as well as a separate waiting area for families who come to the pediatric emergency department for care, officials said. 

The intensive care units will be renovated in order to accommodate all patients' needs, according to officials. These needs include additional space for clinical equipment and more room for visitors to see their respective friends and family in the unit.

The project also plans to house the hospital's cardiac care services under one roof. The idea, officials said, is to make these services easily accessible to patients. The project aims to construct new patient consult rooms, exam rooms, cardiac catheterization suites with the latest advanced medical imaging devices, and a hybrid operating room. 

Residents can find out more information about the project by visiting: rwjbh.org/nbiexpansion.