First of its kind Hackensack Meridian Health center to be built at mass transit hub

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A new Hackensack Meridian Health center is set to be built at a mass transit hub in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The first of its kind, the new facility will span 60,000 square feet and is located at one of the busiest terminals along the Northeast Corridor rail system. The facility is part of a larger redevelopment of Metropark Station led by the governor, Phil Murphy. Furthermore, he has brought forth the modernization of transportation hubs in the state that would make them multi-use locations for residential, office, retail, and restaurants.

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Cost of the facility and services offered

The US$200 million facility will offer services including primary care, medical specialties, surgical specialties, a sports and spine center of excellence. Additionally, advanced imaging, phlebotomy, rehabilitation services, a retail pharmacy, occupational health services and an urgent care. The complex qualifies for the multi-use platform under the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s ASPIRE program. The program supports transformative development projects that incorporate community benefits. Such benefits have been featured in this project including connecting people to healthcare more efficiently. Moreover, stimulating mass transit use; and providing at least 20% low income housing.

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“Once again, New Jersey is pioneering a new model for supporting our families and communities as we break ground on the first ever comprehensive health care facility located at a major transit hub. This new Hackensack Meridian Health facility marks a major milestone both for the larger redevelopment of Metropark Station. Additionally, it realizes our Administration’s broader vision for the future of transportation and community health. I am pleased to join Hackensack Meridian Health today and applaud their continued work to provide vital health care to the people of New Jersey,” said Governor Phil Murphy.

Why build the center at a mass transit hub?

Hackensack Meridian is addressing a critical gap in healthcare access for suburban residents. Their new facility eliminates the need for personal vehicles to reach care, as it’s located directly at a transit hub. Furthermore, this pioneering model of care increases accessibility and recognizes the impact of everyday factors (like transportation) on a person’s health outcomes, setting a new standard for healthcare providers nationwide.

A new health and wellness center will rise next to a transit station

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Project team

This facility is a significant component of a larger development happening at Metropark Station. The project is overseen by DOR, a consortium fronted by Russo Development, and has received substantial tax credit support. Following the completion of the HMH Metropark building, further development will include a residential building with lower-level retail space and roughly 230 residential units.

The growing residential population around Metropark means a greater need for convenient healthcare services. The Hackensack Meridian Health and Wellness Center is perfectly positioned to meet the needs of this expanding community.