The new facility will provide medical, surgical and radiation oncology care. Other features include a fitness center, plus yoga, art therapy, and reiki.
RWJBarnabas Health in New Jersey says it wants to reinvent cancer care, and the health system is building a new $225 million facility with that goal in mind.
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, part of RWJBarnabas Health, opened a new cancer center on its Livingston campus last week. The five-story, 137,000 square foot building is expected to be completed in 2025.
When complete, the facility will function as a northern hub for cancer services offered by RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
Richard L. Davis, president and CEO of Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, hailed it as a milestone in campus transformation.
“The new cancer center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center will be a regional destination for cancer care, building on the medical center’s longstanding heritage of clinical expertise and compassionate, centered diagnosis and treatment. on the patient,” Davis said in a statement. “We are celebrating the dawn of a new era in world-class cancer care.”
The medical center’s renovation was spurred by a $100 million donation from Loen and Toby Cooperman in 2021. The 597-bed facility, formerly known as Saint Barnabas Medical Center, was renamed Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in their honor.
The new cancer center will provide medical, surgical and radiation therapy services. It will include 52 examination rooms, 46 private infusion rooms, eight treatment spaces for short stays and six treatment spaces for extended stays.
Additionally, the new center will offer other services to help patients, such as a wellness center for patients with exercise, yoga and music programs; a fitting studio for prostheses and wigs; holistic medicine, including reiki and art therapy; and a nutrition-focused educational kitchen. (Here’s a video about the project from RWJBarnabas Health; the story continues below.)
Michael Scoppetuolo, medical director of the Cancer Center at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, said the new facility is designed with patients in mind. He said it presented “a great opportunity to expand cancer care in New Jersey.”
“A cancer diagnosis is life changing, and for many patients and their families, it’s the start of a long and sometimes daunting journey,” Scoppetuolo said in a statement. “To that end, I am excited about the superior research and patient care that will take place at this new center. We have an extraordinary medical staff and access to clinical trials and research that sets us apart from other institutions in the state and puts us at the forefront.
Alison Grann, chair of the hospital’s radiation oncology department, said the new cancer center would be a game-changer.
The medical center already provides “some of the most advanced and comprehensive care in the state,” Gran said.
“This new building will provide the physical environment for clinical excellence,” Grann said in a statement. “This freestanding, best-in-class cancer center will provide the highest level of scientific, treatment and psychosocial services high quality, which will set it apart from other centers in the region.
RWJBarnabas is one of New Jersey’s largest hospital organizations. The system operates 12 acute care hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and a host of other sites providing health services. RWJBarnabas employs 37,000 workers and 9,000 doctors.
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