By Robert Stoneback
The Daily Item
DANVILLE — A new wing of Geisinger Medical Center’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine will increase capacity by 50 percent and reduce waiting times for patients.
The $9.4 million project officially opens Wednesday. A $2.4 million grant provided by the Corbett administration helped fund the project, for which Geisinger contributed $7 million. The 22,350-square-foot project increases the Hospital for Advanced Medicine bed capacity from 60 to 90.
The new area, a floor added to a previous structure, will reduce wait times in the emergency department and address demand in the post-anesthesia and critical-care units, Geisinger spokesman Mike Ferlazzo said.
Construction began in February 2012.
The Hospital for Advanced Medicine comprises specialized staff and the latest technology to care for some of the most critically ill and injured patients in the region, according to Geisinger. It welcomed its first patients in Feburary 2010.
The grant is part of 54 Economic Growth Initiative grants distributed earlier this month by Gov. Tom Corbett. The 54 selected projects totaled nearly $125 million in funding and will create or maintain 56,000 jobs in 28 counties, according to a release from the Corbett administration.