PARAMUS, NJ – Valley Health System’s plan to build a $735 million hospital in Paramus to replace its existing facility in Ridgewood received the green light from the Paramus Planning Board last week.

On Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved Valley’s site plan application to construct a seven-story, 362-bed facility on Winters Avenue.

The plan calls for the demolition of the property’s existing structures and integration of the existing Robert & Audrey Luckow Pavilion -Valley’s same-day surgery and cancer care center – just across the street. 

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The new 910,000 square-foot facility will include single-patient beds, as well as a five-story parking garage, and dedicated drop-off and entrance areas to help ease further traffic congestion on Winters Avenue. Additionally, the traffic signal on Winters Avenue will be replaced and left turn lanes will be added. 

Hospital officials said it will be “planned, constructed, operated and maintained using environmentally friendly principles and processes” and will have about 20% of the site set aside as open space.

Construction could begin as early as the end of this year with an expected completion date of 2023.

About $50 million has been donated towards the cost of the project since the hospital launched a fundraiser drive in August 2018. 

The new hospital will replace Valley’s current 68-year-old facility on North Van Dien Avenue Ridgewood. Valley plans to use its Ridgewood campus as an urgent care center and for radiology and endoscopy services.

After Valley encountered resistance from the village towards a proposal to expand that location, it decided in 2017 to withdraw its plan and build a new facility elsewhere.

With nearly 5,000 employees across the region, Valley Health System is one of the largest employers in Bergen County. 

For updates on the project, visit TheNewValleyHospital.com.