Congress passed the Federal Hospital Survey and Construction Act to assist the several states in taking inventory of their existing hospitals, in surveying the need for construction of more hospitals and in developing programs for public and nonprofit hospitals. When completed, in combination with the present facilities, these programs should meet the need of adequate physical facilities capable of furnishing adequate services to all their inhabitants. The final step in this program is to construct the hospitals found to be needed.
In New Jersey (the state described in this pamphlet) the Department of Institutions and Agencies was assigned the task of administering the federal program. It is the duty of this department to present a plan showing the over-all need for additional hospitals and public health centers in the state. As this plan is being evolved, the department has issued this pamphlet as a source book. It contains information about