AtlantiCare broke ground Monday for the start of a $62.5 million project that will significantly expand its Mainland Campus in Galloway Township while upgrading other aspects of the 39-year-old facility.

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona is building a 2½-story, 35,000-square-foot addition.

This includes a same-day surgery suite with 10 private patient bays; a 22-bed, post-anesthesia care unit; a new hybrid operating room; and two general cardiothoracic operating rooms, the hospital said.

Other work involves renovating intensive care and cardiovascular care units; expanding the waiting area for operating rooms; renovating the Joint Replacement Institute's entrance; adding parking spaces to the main visitor and childbirth center parking lots; building a new reception area, lobby, gift shop and coffee bar; and a series of other projects.

The AtlantiCare Regional Health Services Board approved the $62.5 million project in 2013. Earlier, the hospital had been considering a larger construction project, which could have included a six-story tower.

The anticipated completion date is 2016, AtlantiCare spokeswoman Jennifer Tornetta said.

Hospital officials in 2013 said the approved addition would emphasize the modern model in health care, which focuses on specialized care and shorter stays at hospitals.

The Mainland Campus on West Jimmie Leeds Road opened in 1975.

In 2009, the campus opened a $20 million Cardiac Catheterization & Rhythm Center, AtlantiCare said.

In 2005, it opened a $35 million expansion project that included a new emergency department and the Roger B. Hansen Center for Childbirth.

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