Pulse Magazine | winter 2010

Renewal Plan Gains Momentum,
Continues in 2010

RBMC’s comprehensive facilityrenewal program kicked into high gear towards the latter half of 2009 in conjunction with the hospital’s ability to make capital expenditures with the help of third-party funding. In a whirlwind of activity, the hospital and an experienced partner opened the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge (more information at right), a physician’s practice office building at the Medical Pavilion at Perth Amboy (across the street from the hospital), and began numerous renewal projects including; energy efficiency improvements, construction of private patient rooms, Emergency Department renovations, technology upgrades, and more, designed to provide patients and visitors with upscale amenities and state-of-the-art health care services.

“We began this multifaceted renewal program in 2008, recognizing that an individual’s hospital experience is not only about expert, compassionate care and a welcoming attitude, but also about the amenities and services we provide,” says Michael D’Agnes, president and CEO of Raritan Bay Medical Center. “Our goal is to be the medical destination of choice for the communities we serve. We want to provide our patients, their families and visitors with a hotel-like environment they may not expect to find in a hospital setting and a medical home for all their health care needs.”

RBMC’s financial turnaround, beginning in 2008 as a result of significant operational improvements and despite continued reductions in reimbursement from the state, enabled the hospital to obtain the third-party funding. It includes capital received from the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, which has received record donations in recent years, and through partnerships with utility company Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), leading technology corporation Toshiba, and others.

RBMC unveiled the new Dr. Sam. Gordon Berkow Maternity Pavilion, renovated patient registration and outpatient testing areas, and a new coffee and gift shop Café by the Bay during the initial stages of the renewal program to rave reviews from patients and visitors.

Café by the Bay

Renewal Program Completed Activities

  • Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge
  • Medical Pavilion at Perth Amboy (physician offices)
  • Dr. Sam. Gordon Berkow Maternity Pavilion
  • New inpatient visitor lounges
  • New flat-screen TVs and patient furnishings
  • New Café by the Bay coffee and gift shop
  • Free outpatient parking

Coming Soon…

  • 62 private patient rooms with private baths
  • Renovated semi-private patient rooms
  • New Women’s Center with digital mammography at Perth Amboy
  • Expansion (10-Bed) and renovation of the
  • Perth Amboy Emergency Department
  • New pre-admission testing radiology room
  • New state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • New MRI scanner at Perth Amboy
  • New inpatient dialysis unit
  • Renovations of the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department and the Center for Wound Healing
  • Efficiency upgrade of Perth Amboy’s heating, cooling, air circulation, and electrical systems
  • VIP integrative wellness services
  • Room service
  • Valet parking service