AtlantiCare breaks ground on $62.5 million project in Galloway

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Participating in groundbreaking for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus expansion are, from left, Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, and AtlantiCare executives Lori Herndon, Kenneth Steinberg and David Tilton. Participating in groundbreaking for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus expansion are, from left, Galloway Mayor Don Purdy, and AtlantiCare executives Lori Herndon, Kenneth Steinberg and David Tilton.

GALLOWAY – AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus broke ground Monday, Feb. 24 on a $62.5 million transformation and modernization project. The project, expected to be completed in 2016, will include a more than 35,000-square-foot expansion at the current front entrance, upgrades to the existing building, which opened in 1975, and other enhancements.

Galloway Mayor Don Purdy joined AtlantiCare’s Kenneth Steinberg, chairman, AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board; David Tilton, president and CEO, AtlantiCare; Lori Herndon, executive vice president, AtlantiCare, and president and CEO, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.

Physicians and staff representing areas the hospital is expanding, as well as the president of the ARMC Mainland Campus Auxiliary, also participated in the groundbreaking. Kathy Cahill, of Galloway, a respiratory therapist who marked 40 years with AtlantiCare Feb. 11, was among those celebrating the occasion.

Cahill, who originally worked at then Atlantic City Medical Center, has worked at the Mainland Campus since it opened in 1975. Cahill was trained as a respiratory therapy technician at the City Campus and attended Atlantic Cape Community College – then Atlantic Community College – for her training as a registered respiratory therapist.

The new two-and-a-half story addition and renovations will include:

A new ground floor with partial basement for mechanical and storage space. The ground floor sterile processing department will be renovated and expanded within the existing building.

On the first floor will be a reception area, lobby and registration; a new gift shop and coffee bar; same day surgery suite with 10 private patient bays; a new elevator dedicated to same day surgery and operative suite; renovation of existing registration area for new use; relocation and renovation of cardiac surgery offices and relocation and renovation of the physician lounge.

On the second floor will be a Post Anesthesia Care Unit with 22 beds; renovation of the existing unit for new use; new hybrid operating room; two new general cardiothoracic operating rooms; renovation  of Joint Replacement Institute interior entrance; relocation and expansion of the waiting area for the operating rooms; expansion of the support areas for the operating rooms, including administrative offices, storage, staff locker rooms and lounges, and on-call suite; and Intensive Care Unit and Cardiovascular Care Unit cosmetic renovation.

Other campus upgrades include reconfiguration and expansion of the main visitor parking lot, adding 330 spaces for a total of 250 parking spaces; reconfiguration and expansion of the Center for Childbirth parking lot, adding 162 spaces for a total of 369 parking spaces; new exterior sanitary sewer system; new exterior site electrical distribution system; main interior electrical substation replacement; replacement of two air handling units; replacement of electrical automatic transfer switches; chiller replacement; mechanical, electrical and cosmetic upgrades to  the existing operating rooms; and replacement of secondary interior electrical substation.


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