Source: Teaneck News, June 23, 1976, p. 1

Holy Name Hospital Has Groundbreaking

Ground was broken Wednesday, June 16th for a $16,000.00 modernization program at Holy Name Hospital, Teaneck Road at Cedar Lane, Teaneck.

John J. Breslin, Jr., Chair of the Board of Trustees, interrupted the meeting of the Board of Trustees at 8:45 a.m. to lead that group and all the Sisters affiliated with the Hospital and department heads to view the arrival of earth moving equipment and symbolic groundbreaking.  Mr. Breslin announce that financing is being provided by two Bergen County institutions, The national Community Bank and the United Jersey Bank.

He said the new construction will involve replacement of a fifty year old section of the building and extensive renovation and modernization.  The new portion of the building will be three stories high, amounting to 150,00 square fee.  There is to be a substantial increase of on-site parking.

ground breaking for Holy Name Hospital

Through new construction is required, Breslin said the total bed count of 370 will remain the same.  The building program was brought about by the increasingly stringent safety rules of regulatory agencies which require the hospital to vacate patient areas erected in 1925 and 1931.

Mr. Breslin said the construction will take place in two phases, the first phase to be completed by January 1978.  It will include the structure in front of the hospital.  The second phase will involve removal of a portion of the old hospital and will make room for an interconnection between the existing and new structures.  It is scheduled for completion by early 1979.  The plans are by the New Jersey architectural firm of Rouse, Dubin and Ventura of Tenafly in conjunction with Ferrenz and Taylor, Inc., of New York City, nationally known architects and hospital consultants.  London, Kantor, Umland and Associates of Elmwood Park, are the mechanical and electrical engineers.  Lawrence Tencza of Little Falls is developing and landscaping plans.

The concept will present a low silhouette providing an unobstructed view from existing rooms.  By taking advantage of the sloping topography toward Teaneck Road, the building height will correspond the second floor of existing buildings.  The facade will be of brick, to blend with original construction.

The first stage will contain the relocated beds, intensive and coronary care units, visitors' entrance with coffee and gift shops, employee entrance and mechanical equipment rooms.  Visitors and employees will enter from expanded from parking facilities.

All rear parking areas and parking for the School of Nursing as presently provided will be retained.  The new parking facilities will be generously augmented with tree plantings and a park-like setting.  The hospital tennis courts will be preserved.

The second stage will begin when beds have been relocated in the newly constructed building.  The center portion of the original 1925 building will be demolished and replaced with three stories and a partial basement.  A complete new emergency room, outpatient facility, surgical suite with nine operating rooms and a new radiology department will be included in this area.

Improvements will be made in existing laboratory, physical therapy, hemodialysis departments and cafeteria.  A new 34 bassinette nursery will be constructed during the renovation.  Four additional elevators will supplement the present vertical transportation system, providing rapid transfer to patients and visitors.  On-site parking will be provided for construction workers.

Construction will be supervised by Joseph L. Muscarelle, Inc. of Maywood, N. J. as Construction Manager.  Work will be sequenced to maintain patient care without interruption or interference.  Arthur Fellner is Director of Construction Management for Joseph L. Muscarelle, Inc.  A fast-track construction technique will be applied to reduce overall time.

Holy Name Hospital opened 50 years ago in October 1925 on the hill once part of the vast William Walter Phelps Estate.  Sister Evelyn, Holy Name Hospital Administrator for the past seven years said 1975 saw 15,000 patients treated there.

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