Newark, New Jersey (PRWEB) July 02, 2014
University Hospital on Tuesday, July 1st, will mark its first year as an independent institution — a year of accomplishments and new challenges, said James R. Gonzalez, the hospital’s President and CEO.
On July 1, 2013, University Hospital became an independent organization after the historic reorganization of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, the state’s health and sciences university system.
“It has been a year of new investments and new challenges as we move forward as an independent institution. I believe the changes have helped us respond more nimbly and more quickly in our fast-changing health care environment,” Gonzalez said.
Accomplishments in this important first year include:
- A $37 million investment to update the hospital’s emergency power generators, sprinklers, HVAC systems and other vital equipment.
- Renovations to the cardiac catheterization and interventional radiology labs with the most advanced technology. The purchase of new CT scanners to diagnose patients more efficiently.
- IT improvements, such as My Chart, that allows patients to manage their health care online.
- State-of-the-art hospital beds that continually adjust to distribute weight evenly and prevent bedsores and breaks in the skin.
- The opening of a new Federally Qualified Health Center, in collaboration with the City of Newark. The center will provide care from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays for patients, allowing many to avoid the emergency department.
Gonzalez also said changes in the world of health care, such as the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program and the Affordable Care Act, meanmany patients once covered by charity care now have more options of where to seek care.
“This is a challenge we are meeting by providing not only exemplary patient care but also positive patient experiences. Our entire staff — from physicians and surgeons to housekeeping and food service personnel — knows our patients and their needs come first,” Gonzalez said.
He said the focus is exemplified in the hospital’s new credo: One goal. One passion. Every patient. Every time.
University Hospital is home to the Level I Trauma Center serving northern New Jersey; one of only two liver transplant centers in the state; and a neonatal intensive care unit. It continues to serve as the principal teaching hospital, affiliated with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
“I believe University Hospital has emerged from this first year of independence as a stronger institution,” said former Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco, Chairman of the University Hospital Board of Directors. “The change has strengthened our focus on what has always been our primary mission: providing exemplary, patient-centered care.”