South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center consolidated three existing facilities located in Bridgeton, Newcomb, and Millville, New Jersey.

A multistory entry lobby provides an attractive sense of arrival to inpatient and outpatient services in the 405,000-sq.-ft., 238-bed facility and helps orient the visitor to the appropriate service. The integrated medical campus uniquely melds the campus's inpatient medical center, diagnostic and treatment center, and adjacent ambulatory care and cancer centers together, as well as allowing a connection to the Cumberland County College.

Each level of the Regional Medical Center represents a Center of Excellence to patient care. The first floor hosts the women's and children's center, offering homelike labor and delivery suites, women's imaging, pediatric inpatient, and other related services. The surgical Center of Excellence is located on the second floor and includes ten operating rooms, a modern ICU, post-ICU, and rehabilitation facilities. The third and fourth floors house medical and cardiology centers. The multisuited medical office building is physically attached to the hospital by an enclosed, conditioned, two-story connector, further enhancing the Center of Excellence concept by incorporating the clinical aspects of each patient type on the same floor as the inpatients.

Project category: New construction (completed August 2004)

Chief administrator: Chet Kaletkowski, Chief Executive Officer, (856) 575-4500

Firm: HKS, Inc., (214) 969-5599

Design team: Dan Noble, FAIA, FACHA, Principal Designer (HKS, Inc.); John Kemper, Program Manager (KLMK Group, LLC); George Campbell, Principal-in-Charge (CCRD Partners); Jim Mitchell, Principal-in-Charge (HKS Structural); Tom McDonald, Project Executive (L.F. Driscoll Company)

Photography: Ed LaCasse

Illustration: Scott Roberts

Total building area (sq. ft.): 405,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $264

Total construction cost (excluding land): $107,000,000

The bed units are organized in a continual string of rooms that can transition between intensive care, post-intensive care, and acute care types. Within each private acute care room, family members, who act as caregivers, are accommodated for overnight stays through the use of day beds within the room's “family zone.”