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At midnight on July 1, Capital Health assumed operation of the satellite emergency department, or SED, located on the Browns Mills campus of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart, lung, and vascular diseases in adults, as well as providing outpatient cardiology services for children. Deborah is Burlington County’s only fully licensed cardiac center.

The newly named SED, Capital Health at Deborah – Emergency Services, is licensed by the New Jersey State Department of Health and fills the vacancy left by Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County after Lourdes’ planned termination of services on June 30, 2019. The 10,000 square foot SED operates 24 hours a day and features 11 exam/treatment rooms, triage bay, cardiac resuscitation room, specialized treatment areas (including OB/GYN and isolation/decontamination), support services such as lab and radiology, a comfortable waiting area, and ample parking at an easy to drive-to-location.

“Communities that Deborah serves depend on the SED at Deborah, and our goal is to not only meet but exceed their expectations when they need emergency medical services,” said Al Maghazehe, Capital Health’s president and CEO. “We are excited to begin this journey with our new partners at Deborah and look forward to building upon the services offered at the SED.”

“The community, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, will benefit from this range of specialized services which Capital Health will bring to its strategic partnership with Deborah,” said President and CEO Joseph Chirichella, who noted that the two organizations have entered into a larger partnering agreement to expand access to the specialized services offered by each hospital in their greater service areas.

“First and foremost we could not have found a better partner to operate the SED,” he added. “Capital Health’s experience makes them ideal to assume the emergency department operations management. For the past ten years, patients have come to expect a high level of service and care. We are pleased that they will continue to receive this high level of medical care under a seamless transition. More importantly, our strategic partnership with Capital Health will open the doors to specialty services in our area and on our campus, services that are needed in the community. As well, this partnership paves the way for an integration of cardiac services that will benefit the residents of Mercer County, who will enjoy a closer connection to the highest level of cardiac care available. This collaboration and partnership is a win-win situation for both communities.”

“Deborah’s reputation for excellence in cardiac care and best practices aligns with Capital Health’s high standards and commitment to quality,” said Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr., chairman, Capital Healthcare Corporation Board of Directors. “As partners, we will continue to provide the highest level of emergency medical services to the Burlington and Ocean County communities.”

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