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  Somerset Medical Center, Emergency Department & Med-Surgical Pavilion, Page 28Somerset Medical Center, Emergency Department & Med-Surgical Pavilion

2520 Renaissance Boulevard, #110, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Somerville, New Jersey
Total Square Feet: 111,871
Construction Period: June 2003 to Apr 2005

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: O'Donnell & Naccarato - 134 Franklin Corner Road, #100, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Wm. Blanchard Co. - 199 Mountain Avenue, Springfield, NJ 07081
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: BR+A - 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
ARCHITECT'S MEP ENGINEER: LKU Group, Inc. - 241 Molnar Drive, #201, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407

Somerset Medical Center's new Emergency Department has revolutionized the delivery of emergency care. At 40,000 square feet, the new facility is nearly four times the size of its former quarters, making it one of the largest, best-equipped emergency departments in the state. The new facility is designed to serve 46,000 patient visits/year. Supported by a new 633-space parking garage, the new ED provides 16 triage/fast track exam rooms, 25 private exam rooms, 2 major resuscitation rooms, 2 digital radiographic rooms, a CT room and a self-contained psychiatric evaluation center. Separate ambulance and walk-up patient entrances are provided, along with a large open public waiting area complete with amenities.

The Emergency Department provides direct support to the 70-bed medical/surgical floor above it. The building is designed to support three additional medical/ surgical floors.

The new Medical/Surgical Pavilion is divided into two 35-bed suites; one serves traditional medical/surgical patients while the second suite is dedicated to oncology patients. All rooms are primarily used as single-patient rooms, however; 20 of the rooms (10 in each suite) are designed to have the flexibility to accommodate two patients, when demand for beds is high. The two suites have distinct finish palettes so that each suite has its own identity. In honor of a significant donor, the oncology rooms have a special graphic of the phrase "Carpe Diem" applied to the footwall. This phase is said to embody the attitudes of this special donor.

In order to improve patient service, pairs of rooms are provided with a nurse substation located between the rooms for enhanced access to patient information and amenities. The entrance to each pair of rooms is highlighted through the use of applied materials and colors so as to enliven the rooms with a more "hotel-like" quality. The patient rooms are provided with other amenities, such as flat panel TVs, writing surfaces with Internet connections for the patient and family, inroom refrigerators, enlarged showers, wood and wood accents, vinyl wallcovering and wood plank-like vinyl flooring. In order to reduce the potential institutionalism of the patient rooms, medical gases and services are provided within a wall-mounted wood-finished headwall unit, and behind wall-mounted artwork in the case of the semi-private rooms. All of these features are provided to ensure that the quality of the hospital stay is maximized, while the sense of institution is reduced.

This major expansion, as well as the new Cancer Center being constructed on campus, is part of the reason Somerset was recently recognized by Solucient as one of the top 100 performance improvement leaders in the country. Solucient is an independent health care information company that ranks the nation's best-performing hospitals.

Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions has provided planning, architectural and interior design services to Somerset Medical Center for over 20 years. In addition to the recently completed Emergency Department & Medical Surgical Pavilion, Array is currently designing the Cancer Center. Other recent projects include a new Arrivals Pavilion, Surgical Suite Expansion and Catheterization Lab Expansion.

DIV 07:
Glass Covered Roof & Canopy: Supersky; EPDM: Firestone Building Products.
DIV 08: Automatic Doors, Revolving Door: Besam.
DIV 09: Metal Studs: Marino Ware; Gypsum: USG; VCT, Vinyl: Mannington.
DIV 14: Elevators: Otis.

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