The Hunterdon County Medical Center (HCMC) has opened a new surgical unit at its Hunterdon campus that will house the state’s first “high-throughput” MRI and CT scanners.
HCMC announced Tuesday it is moving its medical center to the newly constructed facility in a $1.2 billion deal that is expected to be completed in 2020.
HCMS plans to open its new medical center in 2021.
The hospital is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2019, but HCMS says the new surgical facility will be operational by the beginning of 2021.
HCM said the new facility will house “high throughput” CT and MRI scanners and is expected by 2020 to be able to accommodate more than 3,000 patients.
HCms first two high-throughgput scanners were built at its medical campus in Hunterdon in 2007 and 2010.
HCMR’s medical center was the largest medical center outside of New York City in terms of its capacity and its number of surgical units, according to HCMS.
HCMI currently has about 6,700 surgical units.
HCMAC was the first to install the new scanners at its main medical campus, but it’s unclear if the new scanner will be the first high-tech scanner installed in the state.
HCMA plans to start installing the new scanning equipment this summer.
“We have been working hard to get our scanner systems up to the highest standards and now the HCMC is providing a first-of-its-kind high-performance, state-of, and international-quality surgical scanner system,” HCMC said in a news release.
HCMD said the scanners will be capable of scanning all of its surgical procedures from surgical to emergency surgery.
HCMO said it plans to provide its new scanner system to HCMC for use by the health care provider as early as August 2020.
“The HCMC will become a leader in the medical scanner market, providing state-wide coverage for HCMS scanner technologies, and also for its other high-speed medical imaging and imaging systems,” HCMS said in its news release about the deal.
“This will be a first of its kind, state of the art, high-volume, high quality, high throughput, CT and MR scanner system that will offer state-class surgical capabilities for HCMC to perform surgical procedures in an integrated, state and national manner.”
HCMS is seeking private sector investment for the new medical facility.
“Our investment is a major investment in the future of the medical facility, and it’s also a significant economic investment for our county,” HCM President and CEO Stephen R. Johnson said in the news release announcing the new contract.
HC MS has received $7.8 million in federal funding to build the new system, which will be located in the Hunterdon Hospital Medical Center.
The new scanner systems were initially designed and built at HCMS, but the company now has two of the systems.
HC MD, a nonprofit health care system that serves Delawareans in underserved communities, will be leasing the HCMS scanners for its own use, but will not provide any financial support for HCM.
HC MC plans to use the new equipment to help hospitals perform more sophisticated procedures such as CT scanning.
HC M has said it will use the scanner technology to help provide more accurate and timely CT scans for more than 5,000 emergency patients.