RWJ Barnabas executives and city officials came together for an opening ceremony on Sept. 19 at Bayonne’s new medical facility on Broadway and 24th Street, called Barnabas at Bayonne.
The center opened in August and features a satellite emergency department.
The medical center is the newest building on Broadway and one of the biggest. Standing three stories, the 80,000- square-foot medical facility includes an imaging center for CT, MRI, and mammography, a retail pharmacy, a pediatric center, and will offer primary care services, women’s health services, and physical therapy. Ambulatory services are accessible through its rear entrance, along with a 300-plus vehicle parking garage.
As the Bayonne High School marching band performed in the rear entrance, and sparkling apple cider and hors d’oeuvre were served, city officials and Barnabas executives touted the new facility. The top floor, decorated for the ceremony, will eventually be leased out.
The new medical center has come to represent Bayonne’s revitalization in the minds of residents, helping to spruce up Broadway and compliment the new residential developments that have been springing up in the last few years.
“This is an incredible accomplishment, and this is something Bayonne deserves.” – Barry H. Ostrowski
“Everywhere you went all people talked about was the different phases of the [medical center construction],” said Mayor James Davis at the ceremony. “To see that Bayonne is going through its own revitalization and to become a major component of that, all I can say is welcome.”
Officials from RWJ Barnabas, the state’s largest health care system, have been looking forward to the opening for a long time. Construction began in late 2016 and the emergency department opened on August 21. RWJ Barnabas will generate about $300,000 annually in tax revenue while employing about 120 people when it is complete, which officials hope will bring with it increased commerce on Broadway.
RWJ Barnabas officials said they look forward to investing in the community.
“We invest in ways that are relevant to the community,” said RWJ Barnabas CEO Barry H. Ostrowski. “And so, for me this is an incredible accomplishment, and this is something Bayonne deserves.”
With both RWJ Barnabas and CarePoint Health in-network with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, the health insurance provider for employees of the City of Bayonne, more residents should have access to quality healthcare than ever in Bayonne. Now, the city has two emergency departments, although the one at Bayonne Medical Center is a part of a full-service hospital.
CarePoint Health announced in November that it is planning, pending DOH approval, to open nine SEDs: in the Greenville section of Jersey City, Downtown Jersey City, Union City, and North Bergen; four in Bergen County, and one in Clifton, Passaic County. According to its 40-page presentation, CarePoint hopes to “improve” the region’s “capacity and access” to various emergency services with more outpatient centers.
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