Sneak Peek: Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill Completes First Phase of ConstructionLast Edited:
Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill has been undergoing quite the facelift, and on Tuesday, May 16th, staff members celebrated the completion of phase one of the construction project.
On the busy corner of Cherry Hill’s Chapel Avenue and Cooper Landing Road stands a building more than 40 years old.
A towering new building now hides it, making room for the future of health care.
“Although it provides great care, it’s an old facility,” said Joseph Devine, president and CEO of Kennedy Health. “So we needed ultimately to revise the campus and we feel strongly that Cherry Hill is an important community in South Jersey, and where we are is important for us to invest in.”
This is the first phase of a two-phase project to transform the Kennedy University Hospital’s Cherry Hill campus.
On Tuesday, officials celebrated the official conclusion of the first round of construction, which includes a new atrium lobby, medical office building, and a free parking facility.
Although the lobby and medical offices won’t be open to the public until June, they're already moving on to phase two with construction scheduled to begin this summer, with a targeted opening date of 2019.
Phase two consists of a new patient tower featuring private rooms.
“We had to do it in phases, so this way it did not disrupt any patient care, and it also didn’t disrupt physicians who are in the medical office building,” said Devine.
The total cost of the project is about $200 million.
According to Devine, Kennedy plans on merging with Jefferson this summer. He hopes Kennedy Health can increase access to specialties they don’t currently have on campus to help their patients.
“We think this is going to be great for South Jersey and the community, because we have a mission to make sure we keep doing that, and that’s this investment for the Cherry Hill community and surrounding neighbors of the community,” said Devine.
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