Jersey City Medical Center’s Women’s Health at Grove Street has recently expanded with additional, comprehensive services to women in Hudson County.
Located in a historic, landmark building at the intersection of Newark Avenue and Grove Street, the facility has expanded to the third floor in a previously vacant 6,000-square-foot space, devoted to maternal-fetal medicine, antenatal testing, and mammography.
The entire floor creates a soothing, upscale environment that offers the latest state-of-the art diagnostic equipment in a private setting.
“This is a convenient location in the central business district of Jersey City,” said Dr. Lance Bruck, chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health at JCMC. “It’s easy to access by bus, light rail and PATH train. It was the ideal location given the great accessibility to patients in our community.”
The facility has six private rooms for ultrasound and three rooms for performing nonstress tests, which monitor a baby’s heart rate without placing any stress on the baby. Maternal-fetal medicine was previously located at the hospital.
Women’s Health at Grove Street will see most expecting mothers who plan to give birth at JCMC. It is equipped and staffed to treat high-risk pregnancies as well.
“When there are complications in the pregnancy, the physicians are not only board certificated in general obstetrics and gynecology, but have a separate training and board certification in maternal fetal medicine – what we would call high-risk obstetrics,” Dr. Bruck said.
This expansion is part of an investment by JCMC in women’s health care, delivering a new, state-of-the-art 3D mammography system for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. Cervical cancer and bone-density screening are offered as well.
Women’s Health at Grove Street also offers one of the largest midwifery practices in the state. Certified practitioners, midwives are extensively trained to guide women through pregnancy, childbirth, and the period after birth.
A planned second phase of the project will include a doubling of the faculty practice on the second floor. When completed, the newly remodeled space will have ten exam rooms, five consult rooms, and a procedure room. =
Dr. Patricia Chau, an attending physician with JCMC’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, said moving the maternal-fetal medicine and antenatal testing from the hospital to Grove Street makes it extremely convenient for the patients under her care.
“Our prenatal patients can get their ultrasounds and maternal fetal medicine care on the third floor, then come down to the second floor for their routine prenatal care with our obstetricians and midwives,” said Chau.
Chau said the new arrangement is a benefit not only for expecting mothers.
“We’re a comprehensive care center for women of all ages, serving the healthcare needs of women through all stages of their life,” Chau said. “You can get everything you need done in one place, including well women exams, gynecologic exams, menopause care, infertility evaluation, mammograms and bone density scans
While the renovations were planned before the pandemic, Chau said having expanded facilities available for Hudson County residents is fortuitous.
“Many women who otherwise would have traveled to New York City for prenatal and gynecological care may no longer want to travel to the city because of the pandemic,” Chau said. “We’re definitely seeing more patients who want to be close to home.”
This year, JCMC opened the Lord Abbett Maternity Wing, a 17,500-square-foot floor that offers 20 private mother-baby rooms to promote family bonding and best outcomes. The wing features comfortable touches such as luxury linens and ambient lighting, along with technology innovations like smart TVs and HALO BassiNest swiveling bedside sleepers.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic back in the spring, JCMC is the only hospital in Hudson County that never went on divert and continued to deliver babies. JCMC is also the only hospital in the County with a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for infants born prematurely and those born with a critical illness.