Meridian Health System opened its new Emergency Care Center at Ocean Medical Center on March 6, 2014. The modern, state-of-the-art facility provides patients with privacy, comfort and high quality, expedient care.
Torcon provided comprehensive hospital construction management services to the Ocean Medical Center team, which included Houston-based WHR Architects. The hospital serves southern Monmouth and Ocean Counties, areas of the state that have nearly doubled in population over the past twenty years.
The new facility is essentially a free-standing building constructed in front of the existing ED. It incorporates connections to the main hospital on all levels through an enclosed walkway. Initially only the first floor of the new facility will be used, with the two top floors shelled for future fit-out. The building was also designed structurally to accommodate vertical expansions in the future, with space allocated in the mechanical room for the necessary equipment.
The project has increased emergency-department space to 44,300 sq. ft and will have capacity for more than 70,000 annual visits. The prior 12,075 sq. ft. facility only accommodated 17,000 to 20,000 patients per year, yet saw as many as 55,000 people. The new ED features 49 new private patient bays and as well as dedicated Pediatric Emergency Center with eight bays and a private observation area for family privacy.
The building also provides a new spot at the basement level for the hospital's central receiving, serviced by several loading docks. The space is topped by massive 100-foot-long precast beams to support an overhead roadway for ambulances and cars. The basement also houses a new central laundry. To provide efficient distribution of laundry and other materials at the basement/service level, Torcon created an opening in the foundation wall of the existing hospital, linked to the new corridors.
The Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Emergency Care Center was celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 4, 2014.