ELIZABETH, NJ – In an opening ceremony held last evening at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, a brand new and expanded $18.7 million dollar Emergency Department was unveiled.
The Medical Center’s new department now has 45 rooms for treating emergency visits. It also has a new state-of-the-art scanner which speeds diagnosis and is essential for delivery of patient care, officials said. The expanded 24,000 square foot Emergency Department has designated separate treatment areas for seniors, families and children. Three additional intensive care units have been added as part of the overall project.
Trinitas serves over 73,000 emergency visits each year. "Trinitas has one of the busiest emergency departments in New Jersey," Trinitas President and CEO Gary S. Horan, FACHE, (Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives) said.
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“The entire $18.7 million cost was made possible by donations from area foundations, corporations, individuals and Trinitas employees. The expansion and facility enhancements are vital to patient care in Elizabeth and its surrounding communities. As a primary healthcare provider in the Central Jersey region, Trinitas has long been committed to the needs of the communities it serves,” Horan said. “In the past 15 years, we have seen that residents rely on us to care for them in the face of medical emergencies.”
According to a hospital spokesperson, the goal of this new facility is to do just that, deliver emergency care more quickly, and at a higher quality.
John D’Angelo, DO, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Trinitas, states that an aging population is a key contributor resulting in a higher number of emergency visits. “With a population that is growing older, we see more cardiac and stroke cases due to age-related factors. “With separate treatment areas, including an expanded ‘fast track’ area for minor emergencies, patients will experience more personalized care tailored to their needs,” D’ Angelo said. That level of care will also be delivered more swiftly, as a result of a number of technological innovations, he added.
“Three new Intensive Care Unit rooms are also part of the project, allowing patients to be treated quickly in the ER and then not have to wait for a bed in the hospital to become available if they need to be admitted,” D’Angelo said.
During last night’s event, the new emergency department was named after Horan to pay tribute to his decades of leadership in the healthcare field. The ceremony’s opening remarks were made by Nadine Brechner, Vice President and Executive Director, Trinitas Health Foundation. Other notable speakers at the ceremony were Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth, Joseph P. Cryan, Sheriff, Union County, Sister Rosemary Moynihan, General Superior, Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth and Vice Chair, Trinitas Health and Regional Medical Center.
Among the guests attending the opening ceremony were physicians, nurses, hospital staff, trustees, and donors to the project. The new sign on the emergency department naming it after Horan was revealed to the crowd that was gathered on the rooftop adjacent to the new facility.
“The choice of Gary Horan for this significant honor was a very easy decision for us. There is simply no one else who has the healthcare experience and leadership talent, nor can anyone but Gary generate such immense respect among all who know him,” Victor M. Richel, Chairman of the Board of Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Trinitas Health, the Medical Center’s parent said. "It is fitting that Gary Horan’s name and legacy are attached to a facility such as this that is truly a lifeline for the community we serve,” he added.
Horan has been President and CEO of Trinitas since 2001 and is a resident of Sea Girt, NJ. He spent prior years as Vice President of Hospital Operations for New York University Medical Center, and as Executive Vice President of St. Vincent’s Medical Center of Richmond, New York, a spokesperson for the hospital said. Horan is recognized by organizations such as the Greater New York Healthcare Association for his leadership in regional healthcare. In 2007 the organization elected him the first non-New York CEO to serve as Chairman in its then 103-year history. He serves on the Board of the New Jersey Hospital Association, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and the Hospital Alliance of New Jersey.
"This project is all about Trinitas' mission of service to the community," Richel said. "By treating over 70,000 emergencies per year, Trinitas has become, more than ever, a true lifeline for those we serve."