Expanded ICU tower at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) —
Years in the planning and months of construction, the $40 million dollar expansion project at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is just about complete. The design stacks the most critically needed areas of the hospital in one tower, so incoming injured can go from the helipad on the top of the tower to the Emergency Room on the ground floor or any one of the newly renovated ICU beds in between.
"The patient care is going to be immediately impacted on the positive patient care, the experience will be improved, space arrangements in the rooms are different, care is going to be exceptional and there are times when we need to do surgery bedside," explains Todd Burda, the assistant chief nursing officer at Wilkes-Barre General.
He is excited not only because the rooms are much larger than they were previously but there are more of them, all equipped with state-of-the-art, cutting edge monitoring for the safety and security for patients and their families. It also impacts the staff.
“It’s a new era for critical care staff, it’s a big change for them, they are in tight quarters in comparison so this is a huge win for everybody,” says Burda.
The vertical expansion of the tower signals a new direction for critical care is handled here at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
This Saturday, there will be an Open House at Wilkes-Barre General with tours, a health fair, and screenings from 11:30 am to 2 pm. It is open to the public