Another $7.3 million also allocated to upgrade existing plant infrastructure
SCRANTON, Pa. – The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors today approved $17.1 million in additional construction funding for the $80 million expansion project at Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC).
The total capital funding for the G-CMC expansion project is now at $97.1 million.
In addition, the board also allocated another $7.3 million to upgrade existing plant infrastructure, including boilers, chillers, and the hospital’s heating, ventilation and air condition systems.
The expansion at G-CMC is part of the $158.6 million investment Geisinger Health System committed to enhance clinical programs, increase physician recruitment, expand and improve facilities and implement new information systems in Scranton and its surrounding communities. A $20 million project to upgrade G-CMC’s technology infrastructure, including integration into Geisinger’s electronic health record system, was completed in February of 2013. Last March, Geisinger also broke ground on a proposed $25.7 million primary care facility in the Mount Pleasant Corporate Center that is scheduled to open in 2014.
The additional G-CMC expansion project funding will be used for upgrades including two additional floors, an entrance canopy and a sky bridge over Colfax Avenue that will connect the parking garage to the hospital. The two additional floors will be used as shell space for future clinical programs, including additional intensive care units. The sky bridge will connect the third level of the parking garage to the newly constructed operating suite waiting area on the second level of the hospital, allowing patients and visitors to access the hospital via the elevated walkway.
“This additional investment will directly benefit the patients we serve,” said Anthony D. Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “It allows us to plan for eventual clinical growth and program development while minimizing future construction disruption to our patients and the neighborhood.”
The expansion project at G-CMC is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. It will increase the hospital scope by more than a third of its current size and includes a state-of-the-art, 14-room operating suite, an 18-bed, brand new intensive care/critical care unit with 24-hour, seven-day a week video monitoring, an enhanced lobby that will extend to Mulberry Street and additional clinical and physician office space.
The 297-bed G-CMC has been an integral community asset since 1897, and merged into Geisinger Health System in February 2012. G-CMC is home to Scranton’s only trauma center and adult inpatient behavioral health unit. More than 1,400 trauma patients and 47,000 emergency room patients pass through the G-CMC doors each year as well as more than 12,000 inpatients. Other programs as G-CMC include cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic and joint replacement surgery and a broad range of other specialized surgical and radiological services.