Tower Expansion at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
It’s become part of the landscape in Wyoming Valley, this construction crane looms one hundred eighty feet in the air and it’s a huge component in the $40 million dollar expansion project that will become home to Wilkes-Barre General’s intensive care unit.
Often, expansion is done horizontally but with the hospital’s landlocked location, this is a vertical expansion: three floors and a helipad are being added above the story Heart & Vascular Institute.
Dr. Doug Coslett, Chief Medical Officer, explains “Every second counts in trauma, by putting in vertical integration, allowing the critically ill patients to land on the helipad and be taken directly to intensive care. Those seconds matter. It’s been proven in study after study.
Chief Medical Officer Doug Coslett says two of the new floors will house critical care beds, providing 34 naturally well-lit, spacious private rooms…
The construction started late last year and over its course, it’s estimated about 500 workers will have had a hand in the project.
With the hospital’s recent Level II Trauma Center accreditation, it means the hospital must be continually prepared to treat the most serious, life threatening injuries and that’s why this expansion is so important.
Dt. Coslett states, “We have a dedicated team of trauma surgeons critical care specialists, critical care medical specialists. I’m excited to see where our future goes.”
The ICU Tower Project at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is scheduled for completion in the early part of 2018.