Care Closer to Home

For many bergen County residents, emergency health care is closer to home with the opening of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley’s new emergency department (ED).
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For many bergen County residents, emergency health care is closer to home with the opening of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley’s new emergency department (ED). The Westwood hospital began treating emergency room patients in mid-September.

The unveiling of the new ED was years in the making. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the hospital re-opened in 2013 with plans to later relocate the then-inopera-tive department from the rear to the front of the building.

Today, the space has more than 22,000 square feet (double the size of the old ED) and 26 private exam rooms, state-of-the-art X-ray and CAT scan equipment and artwork created by local schoolchildren. Five of the new rooms are “pediatric-friendly”—they’re separated from the main hallways and filled with decor appropriate for younger patients. For older and geriatric patients, there are special rooms equipped with nonslip floors, additional handrails and softer, lower lighting.

“Our larger, improved layout and new scanner will allow us to cut down door-to-door treatment times,” says Ana Maria Restrepo, director of the emergency department.

Patients can also connect with the hospital’s ED using their smartphones. Text ERWAIT to 90822 to find out current wait times or use the iTriage app to let staff know that you’re on your way.

HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, 250 Old Hook Rd., Westwood, 201.383.1035; hackensackumcpv.com 

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