Beauty & Hope
Susquehanna Health opens new patient tower, transforming medical campus.
February 22, 2012
By ELIZABETH REGAN (firstname.lastname@example.org) , The Express
Construction of the 242,000-square-foot Tower is the largest renovation project in Susquehanna Health’s history, costing $150 million and transforming the Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
The tower is the centerpiece to Susquehanna’s total $250 million “Project 2012” to change and update the hospital’s city campus. Susquehanna also operates Divine Providence and Muncy Valley Hospitals, where significant capital investments to improve patient care also are taking place.
The new tower effectively turns the hospital around, allowing it to face south, toward the city, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountains, said Steve Johnson, Susquehanna Health’s president and chief executive officer.
Dr. George Manchester, chief medical officer, said “efficiency and access to equipment” are a few of the biggest benefits of the Tower.
The ability to “care for patients and limit infections” was the Tower’s top boon for Neil Armstrong, president of Williamsport Regional Medical Center.
The new patient rooms are important to Tracie Witter, director of corporate communications.
“Private patient rooms, the family zone in the room and the use of natural light are all pluses versus the Heritage Building (the original hospital building). There’s more privacy and better infection control,” Witter said.