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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - SJH Announces $18 Million Renovation Project at Bridgeton Health Center

BRIDGETON, NJ (May 17) – South Jersey Healthcare announced today that the Bridgeton Health Center on Irving Avenue will undergo a major renovation.The $18 million project will include upgrades of the health system’s mental health units, as well as major improvements of the building’s infrastructure.

“SJH is committed to providing quality services in the city of Bridgeton,” said Chet Kaletkowski, SJH President and CEO. “This project is one of the largest the city has seen in recent years and by making significant improvements to our building, we can continue to provide a variety of quality health services in the community.”

The SJH Bridgeton Health Center is an active health care center with services including a satellite emergency department (open 24/7); imaging services including women’s imaging; physical and occupational therapy; laboratory services; occupational health; kidney dialysis; an inpatient hospice unit with 10 beds; a sleep study unit; a fitness center; and behavioral health, with 53 inpatient beds and outpatient services.

“This is an exciting project for SJH Behavioral Health Services that will relocate one of our inpatient units that is currently housed in an older section of the building,” said David Moore, SJH Administrative Director of Behavioral Health Services. “Upgrading and moving these services within the building will allow us to increase our inpatient bed capacity and enhance the patient care environment.”

SJH is the largest provider of adult and children’s behavioral health services in Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Cape May counties with more than 160 Behavioral Health staff members providing these services in Bridgeton. Some key benefits of the project include:

  • a safer and more therapeutic environment in the Adult Behavioral Health Unit with double the square footage and an increased bed capacity;
  • renovations to the Child / Adolescent short-term unit that will increase square footage by 50 percent and add four new private patient rooms;
  • and a greater private room ratio in the Child / Adolescent short-term unit, creating the opportunity for an 80 percent increase in the current occupancy rate;

Other major components of the construction project will include the replacement of the exterior wall of windows that face Magnolia Avenue; upgrades to the building’s emergency power distribution system; and major updates to plumbing and HVAC systems. These renovations are expected to create energy savings between $65,000 and $75,000 annually.

The SJH Bridgeton Health center is home to more than 525 employees, including clinical staff and many who work for the health system’s support services such as Information Systems, Patient Business Services, and Finance.

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of Southern New Jersey residents.