Saint Peter’s to launch public campaign to raise funds for its Emergency Department

July 15, 2014


Construction on track to be completed by year’s end   

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – This Thursday, July 17, will mark the official kick-off of a public campaign to raise community donations toward the construction of the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Emergency Department and expand emergency services at the hospital.

“We have set a philanthropic goal of $8 million,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “More than 500 donors, including employees, physicians, outside  benefactors, and the members of our governing boards, have already committed more than $4.6 million toward the larger goal. Now we are reaching out with this humble request for the public to assist us in this endeavor, which in turn will strengthen emergency services within and for our community.”

When completed later this year, the Saint Peter’s University Hospital Emergency Department will feature one of the largest pediatrics emergency departments in New Jersey, special treatment bays for women’s health, acute care and rapid-treatment patients, a geriatric-friendly design, and a redesigned entranceway for ambulances, among numerous significant enhancements designed to improve care.

Lead donors thus far include philanthropists Robert Campbell, former vice chairman of the board at Johnson & Johnson, and his wife, Joan; former J&J executive John J. Heldrich; the Dorothy B. Hersh Foundation; EmCare physician services; Anesthesia Consultants of New Jersey; University Radiology; the daniels group, inc.; High Grade Beverage, and the family of Nayan Kothari, M.D., chair of the Department of Medicine. Physicians and physician practices have also committed more than $834,000, while individuals employed by Saint Peter’s have added another $569,000 toward the total.

“When completed, the Saint Peter’s Emergency Department will have grown in size from 18,000 square feet to approximately 29,000 square feet,” said Derek Schaible, M.D., interim chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “And the new ED will be large enough to easily treat 70,000 to 75,000 patients a year. This means that the new, larger ED will be big enough to meet the needs of the hospital – and its surrounding community – for many years to come.”


Work began in 2012 and has progressed in five separate stages. They are:


Phase 1

Saint Peter’s built a new and expanded Pediatric Emergency Department and a new front entrance. The front entrance was created to include a redesigned visitors’ area, a new area for walk-in patients, and a new and expanded entranceway for ambulances that includes increased parking for ambulances.

 Phase 2

This portion of the project was devoted to the completion of pediatric and adult “fast-track” rooms. Phase 2 also created additional treatment beds.

 Phases 3, 4 and 5

Each stage has expanded and enhanced the Emergency Department.  Improvements are:

- Additional treatment space has been added in each phase of operations.

- The renovation has created three treatment “pods” that focus on separate treatment areas: acute care; women’s health, and rapid-treat patients. The acute-care bay is designed to treat emergency situations such as heart attack and stroke. The women’s health pod responds to conditions such as early pregnancy complications and OB/GYN emergencies. The rapid-treatment section provides accelerated services such as IV fluids and brief imaging, enabling patients to return home quickly and safely.

 When finished, the ED will hold 56 beds - the vast majority of those four-wall private rooms. A small number of others – so-called “curtained rooms” – will be in the fast-track area.

 What are some of the special features and advantages of the new ED?

- The Pediatrics ED, one of the largest in N.J., features 14 beds plus minor care.

- The entire emergency department – from equipment to flooring – is brand-new.

- The emergency department is designed to be “geriatric friendly,” meaning it features softer lighting, softer colors, less noise, more comfortable mattresses, and easier to use beds, and the entire layout and design afford greater accessibility for older patients.

- The floor plan enhances the process of more rapid and efficient patient care.


About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System

Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; Community Care Services, Inc.; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center, Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600


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