PARAMUS, N.J. – Before sunny skies and gusts of wind, Governor Murphy helped hospital, state and local leaders celebrate the groundbreaking of the new $800 million Valley Hospital on November 1.
The state-of-the-art, 372-bed, 875,000-square-foot healthcare facility is slated to open its doors on Winters Avenue in Paramus in 2023. The facility, which will be located 2.5 miles from The Valley’s 68-year-old Ridgewood campus, is what Audrey Meyers, president and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System remarked “the healthcare destination of the future.”
“Today marks the beginning of a new era for The Valley hospital with a new home in Paramus thanks to the support of our Mayor, Rich LaBarbiera, the Paramus council and planning board, and the entire community,” said Meyers to a standing room only crowd who were gathered beneath a tent at the premises outside Valley Health System Friday morning. “As we celebrate the groundbreaking of the new hospital, we are also very proud to affirm our commitment to providing groundbreaking healthcare. The design of the new hospital will enhance our ability to deliver high-quality care and service with a personal touch for which the Valley staff is so well known.”
Funded via the issuance of bonds, hospital equity and $60 million in philanthropic contributions from The Valley Hospital Auxiliary to the Bolger Foundation, among several others, the new facility will range from three to seven stories and will have 248 surgery beds; 60 critical care beds; 11 operating rooms; and six hybrid operating rooms which combine imaging equipment with a multifunctional surgical table allowing for the diagnosis and treatment in one location. The new healthcare facility – all the rooms of which will be single-patient – will house seven interventional rooms for cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology and endoscopic procedures, and an emergency department with 70 treatment rooms.
The result, said Meyers, will “revolutionize how we deliver extraordinary healthcare, strengthen our ability to help people in our community live healthier lives, and provide the flex ability that will be needed to adapt to changes in healthcare delivery.”
In keeping with its environmentally friendly concept in terms of construction, operation and maintenance, energy-efficient green roofs built to reduce storm water run-off and 20 percent of the site will be reserved for open space. The new hospital’s arrival to the 39.59-acre healthcare campus – which houses the Robert And Audrey Luckow Pavilion and the former Children’s museum, a parking garage and the Valley’s medical office building – is the product of what Mayor LaBarbiera said was in an area that was “in desperate need of a shot in the arm” when the borough administration were faced with updating Paramus’s master plan.
“We hope that the cure for all was to create a hospital zone,” said LaBarbiera. “A zone that would be synergetic with the Luckow Pavilion that provided a blank canvas – an opportunity for a new hospital that would fill the surrounding existing offices with doctors in healthcare-related businesses, bring Bergen County’s second-largest employer to Paramus [so] all its employees and visitors could shop, dine, and perhaps live and call Paramus home.”
Senator Bob Menendez noted that the forthcoming Valley hospital, which is the second-largest employer in Bergen County, touts easy access to “top-notch medical care” for area residents.
“Whether you are the parent of a child with a high fever in the middle of the night or a patient in need of expertise when facing a difficult diagnosis, it means a great deal to have a trusted provider like Valley hospital as your neighbor,” he said. “Today’s groundbreaking is about expanding access to high quality medical care and building a healthier community.”
He continued, “A new baby is starting their first day, to those fighting to see tomorrow. The new Valley hospital will continue to be a place that people can turn to in the midst of life’s most joyous moments and most uncertain times.”
The hospital’s groundbreaking seemed a poignant one for Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, a lifelong Paramus resident and former longtime mayor.
“As the county executive of the largest county in the state of New Jersey, I know how important it is that our residents have access to high quality healthcare that Valley provides,” he said. “And as I stand here on the site I’m grateful for your continued investment in Bergen County. To have the new Valley hospital part of my community, part of my family’s community, and to have all of you become part of the Paramus family, thank you so much Valley hospital for choosing Paramus.”
“Valley is a strong legacy of service,” said Governor Murphy. “A legacy that stretches across seven decades. You don’t reach milestones like this by accident. You achieve them through constant progress and consistent performance. You achieve them through visionary leadership. You achieve them by having a generous, philanthropic community and equally committed local officials and community leaders. All of them understand the value and importance of a hospital and the families it serves. Today these values are converging here in Paramus, and in the coming months, we’ll be able to watch Valley’s new, fully modern and state-of-the-art flagship facility rise. And once it does, we know Valley’s legacy will be secured for decades to come.”