Deborah Heart and Lung Center ceremoniously broke ground today on a $108 million capital expansion and renovation project. Appropriately named DEBORAH100: The Project, the groundbreaking has been timed for launch to coincide with Deborah’s 100th Anniversary celebration this year. This is the first major capital expansion at Deborah’s Browns Mills campus since the mid 1990’s, when the Hospital added and renovated more than 120,000 square feet of space, and then again in 2018 when a 60,000 square foot freestanding Medical Office Building was dedicated.
This expansion and renovation is financed by an $88 million U.S. Department of Agriculture low-interest loan for rural development; $10 million from Greater Commercial Lending; and, a Capital Fundraising Campaign by Deborah Hospital Foundation that has raised the necessary balance of funds. The Project will benefit all residents within Deborah’s service areas.
The Project will bring a completely reimagined experience to patients and staff, with all aspects of the design focused on their comfort and convenience. “Deborah clinical and support staff were fully engaged in the planning of the new and renovated space,” said Joseph Chirichella, President and CEO of Deborah Heart and Lung Center. “Our Facilities Team created a simulated patient room to the exact drawing specifications where staff was able to provide their suggestions for how the space should be designed. When completed, all patient rooms will be private, all new rooms will be critical care and isolation capable, and there will be a floor of dedicated respite space for staff with indoor and outdoor covered lounges as well as quiet rooms.”
Deborah worked with Ewing Cole, Architects and Engineers, to plan for the expansion and renovation, and awarded a contract to Torcon, Inc., as the General Contractor for the job. New construction includes a three-story vertical addition to existing hospital space, having a total of 36 private patient rooms. Three existing patient care units will be renovated following the new construction, bringing the Hospital’s total licensed bed count to 95. Also included are upgrades to the Hospital’s cardiac catheterization labs, a new pharmacy clean-room, and new robotic technology in the electrophysiology labs. Throughout the new construction and renovations, the most advanced digital and electronic systems have been integrated.