July 23, 2021
The Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center to provide patients with shorter wait times in a private setting with state-of-the-art medical technology
Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center unveiled the new Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center. The 32,000 square-foot project has restructured the design of the hospital’s campus while greatly increasing its capacity to treat patients with emergent needs.
“Today, Bayshore Medical Center is defining our mission to transform health care,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “The new Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center expands our efforts to provide cutting-edge care that’s also convenient and offers a great patient experience. Bayshore Medical Center is a true community treasure – a center for excellence and compassionate care.”
This all-new facility provides the necessary space for the medical staff to address the needs of the community in a comfortable and private environment. Containing 35 private patient bays, swing space with capacity for pediatric care and new imaging equipment dedicated to Emergency Care Center patients. Built for the community, the Emergency Care Center was also funded largely in part thanks to their philanthropic contributions. In total, philanthropy contributed to one quarter of the overall project cost.
In addition to enhancements to the patient care areas, the new facility features an enlarged ambulance arrival area that can accommodate up to six ambulances at once and a new walk-in arrival with dedicated parking for Emergency Care Center patients. Located on the Garden State Parkway side of the campus, the facility is expected to treat up to 55,000 people annually for a variety of medical issues, both minor and life-threatening. It will offer decreased wait times and increased efficiency so that patients with emergent needs have access to the most advanced emergency care available – right in their own backyard.
“Bayshore Medical Center has been caring for this community for almost 50 years and we pride ourselves on providing our community with exceptional care,” said Frank Citara, president and chief hospital executive, Bayshore Medical Center. “Today begins a new era for Bayshore Medical Center with this brand new, state-of-the-art Emergency Care Center. We are grateful to everyone who helped to make this project possible, including our wonderful board of trustees, donors and medical staff.”
“The new Emergency Care Center at Bayshore Medical Center will provide our medical staff with a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that will serve this community for generations,” said Said Samra, M.D., president, Bayshore Medical Staff. “The dedication and effort of our medical staff is unwavering and we look forward to continuing the excellent patient care in the new Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center.”
Thanks to a generous gift, the Dr. Robert H. Harris Emergency Care Center was named by Mary Ellen Harris and the Golden Dome Foundation in honor of Mary Ellen’s beloved husband. The pledge is the largest in Bayshore Medical Center’s history. In addition to a gift naming the Emergency Care Center, Mary Ellen Harris and the Golden Dome Foundation also contributed to name the Jean and John Fay Pediatric Care Area, the Evelyn and Harold Harris Crisis Center and to provide state-of-the-art technology for the Emergency Care Center.
The completion of the new emergency care area, now allows the hospital to begin renovations to the hospital’s new main entrance located on the north side of the campus. The new main entrance will feature an enlarged lobby and seating area, creating a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere for visitors.