Officials at Lehigh Valley Health Network said Wednesday that it has started a $21.4 million expansion project that will add 24 private rooms and three floors to the existing South Tower of the Kasych Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
Expansion of the fourth floor of Kasych Family Pavillion has a targeted end date of December. The rest of the project is expected to be completed by May 2014.
A release from LVH said the plan calls for fitting out the currently shelled fourth floor and installing steel to shell floors five through seven to allow for future growth.
The fourth floor will have an additional
17,000 square feet of space, which will be used as a 24-bed medical/surgical
unit with all private rooms.
In the original plans for the Kasych Family Pavilion, the fourth floor of the South Tower was intentionally left empty to prevent the disruption of patient care in the event that the building would need to be expanded at a later date.
“Though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act places a greater emphasis on keeping our community healthy and out of the hospital, the current demand for more private rooms remains high at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest,” said Ronald Swinfard, M,D, LVHN’s president and CEO in the release.
“Keeping people healthy in the first place is always a priority, but we also must continue to address the in-hospital needs of our community, which makes this project necessary.”
The new medical-surgical unit was designed using a patient-centered focus. This will allow patients to have more privacy with visitors and care staff consultations, as well as help to reduce hospital-acquired infections.
“This type of investment is important to fulfilling our mission – to heal, comfort and care for the people of our community,” Swinfard said.