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Medical Center Opens New Expansion

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Friday, August 28, and Saturday, August 29, were busy days at the medical center.  With a great amount of coordination and literally dozens of staff members participating, acute nursing and many outpatient services were moved to their new spaces by Saturday afternoon.

The new visible and accessible emergency room started seeing patients around 4 p.m. on Friday and by Friday evening all inpatients were sleeping in their brand new private rooms. 

On Saturday, services that are not normally open on the weekends – imaging, surgery, laboratory and pharmacy – were all unpacking and organizing.  By Monday morning all services were up and operational.

As staff continues with behind-the-scenes reorganizing and preparation for phase two renovations to the spaces vacated, patient care is a top priority in all areas. 

Exterior signage is being installed on September 4, which will further help visitors find their way to new service locations.  Ads have been placed in both the Jefferson Herald and the Scranton Journal and notices have been given to other local media in an effort to help those coming to the medical center or one of its clinics find their way.  These notices include the following:

Services now located in the new addition: acute nursing/inpatient rooms, obstetrics, emergency care, surgery, imaging and lab. For those with appointments with one of these services, please come in through the medical center’s main entrance where registration is taking place in two private offices. 

For those needing emergency care, you enter the ER off of Grimmell Road where you will find parking on the east side of the building near the new emergency room entrance.  You can walk directly into ER, where you will be greeted and registered for care.  This is the same for anyone visiting or meeting an ER patient.

Clinic offices, including UnityPoint Clinic, West Central Orthopedics, 21st Century Rehab, Advanced Women’s Care and all specialty clinics, can all be entered in the lower clinic parking lot.

Additionally, a new information desk has been placed in the medical center’s main lobby and is being staffed by Auxilians to help outpatients and visitors find their way to better privacy, access and efficiency for all.

Work on phase two of the $22.5 million dollar major expansion and renovation project begins immediately with renovations of all vacated space.  The medical center’s south wing will also be removed in preparation for a main walkway on the south side of building, extending from the clinics to the main entrance.

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Allie Hamilton, RN, in one of the
new inpatient rooms

 Allie Hamilton, RN, with one of
the new electronic patient

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 Dr. David Jaskey and Valerie
Martin, CNM, in one of the new
OB labor/delivery rooms

 Brenda Luther, RN, in one of the
new pre-/post-op surgery rooms