WellSpan ECH completes $47 million expansion

By on November 2, 2016

Health pavilion addition features state-of-the art surgical suite, physician offices

Fred Groff, board chairman of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, cuts the ceremonial ribbon, opening the hospital's new expansion Oct. 27. Photo by Patrick Burns

Fred Groff, board chairman of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, cuts the ceremonial ribbon, opening the hospital’s new expansion Oct. 27. Photo by Patrick Burns

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital has completed its $47 million health pavilion expansion project, improving access to advanced specialty care for area residents.

The expansion increases the size of the Ephrata Health Pavilion by 40 percent, enlarging it from 69,000 square feet to more than 98,000 square feet. The new space features a larger, centralized surgical suite equipped with advanced technology, as well as expanded physician and administrative office suites.

“With this expansion, we are equipped to deliver the highest standards in surgical care and support the growing needs of our community,” said Carrie Willetts, senior vice president of WellSpan Health and president of WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.

The newly expanded pavilion includes 10 new operating rooms and an endoscopy/bronchoscopy room, which will be used to evaluate patients’ gastrointestinal and lung health. The operating rooms feature audio and video systems, with cameras that provide live images on various monitors.

Other features include larger areas for patients to occupy before and after surgery — 15 pre-operative rooms and 16 post-operative recovery bays. The pavilion also includes a new, centralized area for storing, sterilizing and processing surgical supplies.

The completed project will allow WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital to expand its orthopedic surgery program, allowing it to serve the growing demand for this service.

In addition, the pavilion includes expanded third-floor office space for Lancaster Orthopedic Group, as well as other new administrative offices.

Other features include new conference rooms, an additional nursing station, staff locker rooms, storage areas a loading dock and a mechanical room.

Patients and visitors enter the expanded hospital pavilion via a new entrance, which features a traffic circle and is protected from the weather by a canopy.

Construction on the project began in June 2015 and was completed this month. The cost of the expansion included an investment of $28.4 million in construction and renovation costs and almost $18.4 million for the purchase the health pavilion building, which the hospital previously had leased.

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