Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., will transform its children's center into a full-service children's hospital, the only one in central New Jersey.
The hospital will invest $20 million in cash and fund the balance of the $54 million project through bond proceeds.
The initial phase of the project will include a three-story addition with a pediatric emergency room and a separate entrance. Within five years, the hospital plans to add three pediatric operating rooms, a same-day surgery suite, pediatric radiology equipment, physical therapy and rehabilitation rooms, and a school room for tutoring.
The addition of a pediatric cardiac catheterization laboratory, pediatric open-heart surgery and solid organ transplant services will require approval by the state health department.
The 70-bed facility will be staffed by the pediatric faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway.