SUSSEXnSaint Clare's Hospital/Sussex broke ground this week for construction of its new $2 million emergency department (ED). Scheduled speakers at the event included Katherine Little, mayor of Sussex; Ginnie Littell, chair of the hospital's community advisory board; Gary J. Blan, president and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System; Sister Catherine Marie Belongia, SSM, executive vice president, spiritual services for Saint Clare's Health System; and Stephen Bocskocsky, chief administrative officer. "Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex provides much-needed medical services to Sussex County's growing population," said Bocskocsky. "As the only hospital serving northern Sussex County, a vibrant, technologically superior hospital is vitally needed by our community. Our current emergency department cares for over 10,000 patients each year, a number that is certainly expected to rise. We remain committed to providing the highest levels of care to the people of Sussex County, and this construction is an initial step in the complete transformation of this facility." Plans call for a new 4,000 square-foot emergency facility, a new nurse's station, upgraded treatment rooms, a new triage area, enlarged patient entry and ambulance access areas, an upgraded trauma room, and an all-new treatment room dedicated to cardiac trauma. "Saint Clare's Health System is in the midst of a time of significant growth and expansion to meet the increasing needs of the communities that we serve," said Gary J. Blan, president and CEO of Saint Clare's Health System. "The new E.D. at Saint Clare's Hospital/Sussex, coupled with an additional $1 million in exterior and interior renovations and $1 million in technology upgrades, will place the facility in a position to make a deeper and positive impact on the health care of the region." Saint Clare's operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough, and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.