Valley Health System officials broke ground earlier this month on The Valley Hospital’s new 372-bed healthcare facility in Paramus, N.J.

First announced in 2017, the new Valley Hospital will be 2.5 miles from Valley’s current campus in Ridgewood, N.J. It will incorporate the latest innovations and best practices in modern healthcare facility design, with all single-patient rooms to enhance patient privacy, safety, and comfort.

Plans for the new hospital call for the creation of universally-sized rooms for surgery and procedures. These rooms will be designed to accommodate the latest high-tech, minimally invasive robotic surgeries and interventional procedures with the flexibility to adapt to different purposes over time.

Valley is incorporating environmentally sustainable practices into the construction, operation, and maintenance of the new facility, with 20 percent of the site dedicated to open, green space. The facility will incorporate green roofs, which involves growing plants on the facility’s rooftops, to reduce storm water runoff, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the overall look of the hospital for patients and neighbors.

The new hospital will be the centerpiece of Valley’s healthcare campus in Paramus, totaling a combined 39.59 acres. Moving inpatient and emergency services to Paramus will allow Valley to repurpose its current campus in Ridgewood for a broad range of healthcare services, including an urgent-care center, and laboratory, radiology and endoscopy services. In addition, Valley plans to consolidate existing ambulatory and outpatient services and health system business functions back to the Ridgewood campus.

The new facility will cost an estimated $800 million and will be funded through the issuance of bonds, hospital equity, and philanthropic contributions. Valley anticipates that the new hospital could open as early as 2023.