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Among the local clinics and medical practices representing virtually every specialty and subspecialty, the most vital healthcare resource in the Somerset County area is the Somerset Medical Center. Located in Somerville, SMC had its beginnings as a 12-bed hospital established in 1899. Today, the facility stands as a nationally accredited 355-bed regional medical center offering a comprehensive list of medical/surgical, emergency and rehabilitative health services to Central New Jersey. SMC is led by a 650-member medical and dental staff, which constitutes the highest percentage of board-certified doctors in the state.

SMC is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and hails as a member of the American Hospital Association, the New Jersey Hospital Association and the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. The hospital stands as a major clinical affiliate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and is a clinical research affiliate of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. In addition, SMC has been designated as a Medical Coordination Center of New Jersey’s Central West public health region, the ninth to be chosen for this distinction. The more than $1 million addition of the 20,000 square foot MCC facility, which is located below the Emergency Department, was finished in 2007. The presence of this center will enhance the healthcare system capabilities during major public health emergencies and incidents of mass casualty.

What’s more, the medical center recently completed a significant development project, which includes:

• A new 40,000 square foot Emergency Department

• Expanded surgical services, which includes the addition of seven operating suites, renovations to the Same Day Center, improvements to the Gastroenterology (GI) Center and the incorporation of the new 35-bed John and Mary Obzansky Surgical Pavilion

• Improved cancer care through the new 25-bed Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion and the addition of the $25 million, three-story, 63,000 square foot Steeple Chase Cancer Center

• And a new, five-level parking garage, plus additions to the hospital’s current parking deck.

This expansion project stands as the largest facility project of its kind in SMC history. More information on the Somerset Medical Center can be found by visiting www.somersetmedicalcenter.com

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