A beautiful sunlit late summer afternoon on September 17, 2009 was the perfect setting for the dedication of The Kaplen Pavilion, a new two-story building at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ. The state-of-the-art building, which includes 60,000 square feet of carefully designed space for patient care, includes a world-class emergency care center and an innovative nursing unit for patients after orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery.
The building was dedicated to the patients it serves by Medical Center President and CEO Douglas A. Duchak in a moving tribute that included the raising of the hospital’s flag to fly alongside those of the United States of America and the State of New Jersey.
“I look at these flags flying bright and high, and I think of the future of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center,” said Mr. Duchak, who was joined by various dignitaries, most notably Maggie and Bill Kaplen of Tenafly, NJ for whom the pavilion is named.
Admiration and deep regard for the Kaplens set the tone for the celebration. “On behalf of all of the patients who will enter its doors next week and in the years to come, I would like to thank everyone who made this building possible,” declared the Medical Center’s president as a broadly smiling and attentive crowd reveled in the moment. “That gratitude starts with Maggie and Bill Kaplen, of course, whose lead gift of 5 million dollars launched the effort to fund and build this striking structure. If this has been a labor of love and commitment for us, and indeed it has, then Maggie and Bill have been the inspiration behind this remarkable endeavor.”
Officials and guests lauded the fact that the pavilion was completed under budget and on schedule in the intensely challenging healthcare climate. The new emergency care center, three times larger than the facility it replaces, features 40 large private treatment rooms, fast track triage for adults and children, numerous specialty rooms and a dedicated imaging center staffed 24-7 and located within the emergency care center.
The second-floor nursing unit incorporates leading edge equipment into a hotel-like setting with 22 spacious private rooms incorporating amenities such as a flat screen TV, specially equipped private bathroom, homelike décor and comfortable seating for family members. A top highlight is innovative moving and lifting equipment, which is part of a comprehensive patient and staff safety program the Medical Center has pioneered in the state since 2007.
The upbeat mood of the crowd was underscored by performances of Voices of Hope, a choral group comprised of area youth and directed by Demarest resident Debbie Slevin. Their touching renditions of Imagine and America the Beautiful gave attendees pause for thought.
Mr. Duchak alluded to more growth and advancement in the future and the role of the community in making that success happen. “We are a community hospital, a non-profit organization that answers to the people it serves,” he noted. “It is the needs of our patients that provide our greatest inspiration and strongest motivation. … As you tour The Kaplen Pavilion and in the time to come, please remember our pledge to you: Humanistic care in a state-of-the-art environment. …With your continuing help and our hard work, it [that kind of care] is here to stay and will flourish.”