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Samantha Bragg Marketing Coordinator Dewberry

Samantha Bragg
  • Member, SMPS-NY New Jersey Affiliate Committee
On November 11th, SMPS members and representatives from local engineering and architecture firms assembled at the Daikins Solutions Plaza in Jersey City. Dewberry’s Chris Cirrotti led a discussion about trends in healthcare facilities in New Jersey. Cirrotti was accompanied by two experts in healthcare facilities planning, panelists Americo (Rico) Crincoli of Barnabas Health and Chris Culver of Rendina Healthcare Real Estate. Cirrotti engaged the panelists with a variety of questions, encouraging attendees to reflect on recent changes in the healthcare system and the future of healthcare delivery.

[expand title=”Click here to read more…”] During the first segment, Part I: Look Back: Past as Prologue, Cirrotti began by describing the hospitals and physicians’ offices of the past as white, austere, and crowded. He posed questions about the ways that the Affordable Care Act has initiated change in the traditional healthcare model. In response, the panelists spoke about patient-centered care and pushing service out to the community through out-patient facilities such as Ambulatory Care Centers (ACCs) and free-standing Emergency Departments. They stressed the fact that, today, people expect to be seen in state-of-the-art facilities and discussed the ways that mergers and acquisitions are facilitating those upgrades. For Part II: Look Around: Recent Development Initiatives, the panelists shared a look at current trends in their facilities projects through site plans, renderings, and photos. A major player in New Jersey healthcare, Barnabas Health has been involved in mergers and acquisition this year, such as their recent merger with the Robert Wood Johnson Health System. Attendees were able to see the new or expected improvements for Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Jersey City Medical Center’s Bayonne Satellite, Barnabas Health ACC Annex in Livingston, and Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, as well as some out-of-state facilities from Rendina’s project portfolio. The event’s final segment, Part III: Look Forward: Healthcare Real Estate in the Next Decade, focused on how we can expect to see healthcare facilities change and adapt in this environment of rapid change. Audience members joined the panel in making predictions about future healthcare facilities, asking questions about whether the mergers will continue. The audience’s level of engagement made for thought-provoking dialogue and a valuable session for attendees.[/expand]