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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Public hearing on JFK's new Plainfield ER proposal tonight

The proposal is to move the Emergency Room to Kenyon House.

A proposal to relocate JFK's Satellite Emergency Department (SED) at Plainfield's former Muhlenberg hospital campus will be heard tonight at 7:00 PM at a meeting of the Planning Board at the Plainfield Public Library's Anne Louise Davis Meeting Room.

Though the SED is an operation of JFK Health System, the application is in the name of Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Inc. Doubtless, this little distinction will become important later on as things develop.

The proposal essentially involves improvements to the first floor of Kenyon House, the two-story building at the corner of Park Avenue and Randolph Road. The new ER would be located on the first floor, along with diagnostic and other services. The second floor would continue to be used by the DaVita Dialysis Center.

In the years before Muhlenberg's closure, then-parent corporation Solaris Health System had subdivided the original campus, establishing the Snyder School of Nursing and the Kenyon House on separately deeded parcels of land.

Tonight's proposal would open the way for JFK to move forward on its proposal to demolish the existing hospital structure and replace it with a complex of more than 600 rental apartments.

Members of the public will be allowed to ask questions and make comments as part of the hearing. The plans for the proposed changes are on file at the Planning Division on the second floor of City Hall and are available for inspection until 4:30 PM today.

The Plainfield Public Library is at Park Avenue and West 8th Street and is an accessible facility. Parking is available in the 8th and 9th Street lots.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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