State approves Mullica Hill hospital

Health Commissioner Cathleen D. Bennett has approved Inspira Health Network’s application to build a new 204-bed hospital on Routes 322 and 55, next to property owned by Rowan University in Mullica Hill.

In a statement released Saturday, Inspira’s president and CEO, John DiAngelo, called the approval a “significant step” in the process to build a new medical center in Gloucester County. The $326 million hospital will replace Inspira’s existing hospital on North Broad Street in Woodbury, about 10 miles away.

“Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill will be a great asset to the entire region,” DiAngelo said. “It will offer local residents easy access to an even higher level of quality care and allow our physicians and staff to fulfill our mission of improving the health of all we serve.”

“I believe that the structural changes planned for Inspira-Woodbury are crucial for developing the medical technology and clinical skills necessary to remain competitive with other area healthcare providers, as well as enhancing quality of care,” Bennett wrote. “This replacement/relocation will promote greater access to its services and increase the level and sophistication of these services throughout its service area.”

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