SCRANTON — Lackawanna County’s largest hospital is set to break ground on an $80 million expansion project that will increase the facility’s size by a third and reshape its look internally and externally.
On Monday, Geisinger-Community Medical Center will hold a formal ceremony during the afternoon for news media and invited guests and an open house for the public from 4-6 p.m. to detail the project that is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015. The expansion will include an all-new, 14-bed operating suite, a new intensive care/critical care unit, an enhanced lobby that will extend to Mulberry Street and additional clinical and physician office space.
Hospital spokeswoman Wendy K. Wilson said that during construction “it will be business as usual on the inside. All services will continue throughout the entire length of the project.”
The project is part of a $158.6 million promise made by Danville-based Geisinger Health System that it made when it became affiliated with Community Medical Center in 2011.
To date, it’s spent $20 million on upgrades to establish an electronic health records system and began a $25.7 million construction project to build a two-story, 46,700-square-foot medical office building at the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center in Scranton.
The remaining $14 million will be used on a yet-to-be-determined project, Wilson said.
“Our goal is to build this area’s most comprehensive and integrated health system and provide high-quality, advanced care so patients will not feel the need to leave town for great care,” said Bob Steigmeyer, the chief executive officer of Geisinger-Community Medical Center.
The work that will soon begin includes:
• Increasing the center’s size from 355,000 to 460,000 square feet
• A new Intensive Care Unit with 18 private rooms . Nurses’ stations will be located outside all patient rooms. A private family waiting area also will be added.
• Fourteen state-of-the-art surgical suites, including a “hybrid operating room.” There will also be a 21-bay pre-op area, 21 PACU bays, a new EP lab, OR check-in and a new family waiting space.
• The expanded area also will include a new chapel, physician offices and clinical space, a renovated GI lab, and an enhanced and expansive lobby and main entrance.