University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Welcomes First Patients to New Hospital

May 22, 2012


LaTanya R. Little of Trenton with her newborn son, the final baby born at University Medical Center of Princeton. They were transferred today to the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Nicole Williams of Hamilton, the first patient transferred today to the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, was greeted by President and CEO Barry S. Rabner. Ms. Williams was transferred with her newborn son, Atticus (not shown in photo).
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Keller Watson of Hamilton was among the first patients transferred today to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Imane Tazi, left, holds her baby girl, born at 1:12 p.m. today, the first baby ever born at the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Also pictured are proud papa Ismael Cadjee and big sister, Jade Cadjee. The family lives in Princeton.

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) today welcomed its first patients, marking the official opening of the new hospital.

Over a period of seven hours, medical teams transferred 110 patients from the University Medical Center at Princeton to the new hospital via ambulance.

"The new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro is officially open," said Barry Rabner, president and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System. "Our organization and the community we serve has been focused on this day for nine years. We could not be more proud, more excited and more optimistic about our opportunity to provide outstanding health care in the future. I commend our staff, the emergency medical technicians and paramedics, police officers and the entire community for their help with the move."

Rabner along with Mark Jones, president of UMCPP, greeted patients as they were wheeled through the doors to the new hospital and up to their patient rooms.

"We have been planning and practicing for this move for more than a year," said Jones. "Our goal was to keep our patients and their families safe and comfortable throughout the transition. We are pleased that the move went very smoothly."

The new $522.7 million hospital, which broke ground in October 2008, officially opened at 7 a.m. today.

Within nine hours after it opened, the hospital had treated 65 patients in the Emergency Department, six patients were admitted, two babies were born and Nisha S. Dhir, MD, FACS, completed an unplanned procedure in one of the new operating rooms--the first surgery to be performed at UMCPP. The new hospital's first baby was delivered at 1:12 p.m. by Jeffrey K. Gross, MD, FACOG.

Designed by some of the world's leading architects, designers, health planners and engineers - with significant input from physicians, nurses, other caregivers and patients - the new UMCPP is among the most technologically advanced, patient-centered and environmentally friendly hospitals in the country.

From the overall layout of the 636,000-square-foot building down to the smallest details in all 231 single patient rooms, every investment and design decision was evaluated on its ability to promote healing, comfort and safety.

The new hospital replaces the University Medical Center of Princeton, which opened in 1919 on Witherspoon Street in Princeton.

"The new UMCPP is a hospital designed and built for the 21st century," said Rabner. "Our patients and their families will receive outstanding clinical care in a modern environment focused on healing."