AtlantiCare Plans for New Multi-Million Dollar Facility in Atlantic City

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Officials with the AtlantiCare Health System are planning an expansion in the city the system set roots in more than 120 years ago.

“We know that there are some needs in Atlantic City that we’re here to meet," said Margarate Belfield, COO of AtlantiCare.

But before that can happen, AtlantiCare officials will need to solve one major issue at their Atlantic City HealthPlex facility.

“We are at capacity," said Sandy Festa, executive director, AtlantiCare HealthPlex. "Our building at 1401 Atlantic Avenue — we have 48,000 square feet, and we use every inch of it.”

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That is one reason why officials with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) gave their preliminary approval to provide AtlantiCare representatives with $15 million — plus donated land on Ohio Avenue — directly across from the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center City Campus, to go toward a new medical arts pavilion.

“In our current space, we’re so fortunate to be here in the city, but we have to share that space with other practices," said Dr. Dianne Timms, director of maternal and fetal medicine, AtlantiCare. "We’re limited as far as how many exam rooms that we have and that effects our patient flow.

"So, having this new space that we can design specifically for our needs and also to allow an increase volume of patients to come through on a daily basis I think will really make our services more available.”

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The 65,000-square-foot building is expected to cost $38 million. AtlantiCare, through the board, will be funding the remainder of the project after the initial $15 million investment from the CRDA.

“This was really the work of the entire government and the community," said Belfield. "We were able to demonstrate to them and to CRDA, we could meet some of those needs around maternal fetal mortality. We’re going to be building a new dialysis unit for Atlantic City. We’re also going to be extending our graduate medical education, which means there will be more medical students and future physicians training at AtlantiCare.”

The project is currently pending final approval from the CRDA. From there, experts are anticipating two years until completion.

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