Lancaster General Health Expansion
Lancaster General Health is again investing in the future of healthcare in downtown Lancaster through a new, six-story expansion of Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). The $60 million expansion will enable the hospital to provide all private patient rooms. Among LGH’s current 533 inpatient beds, 142 are located in semi-private rooms. LG Health will expand onto the northeast corner of the hospital, near Lime and Frederick streets.
Single-patient rooms have become the industry standard in new construction of acute-care facilities in the United States. Private rooms reduce the possibilities for infection, facilitate nurses' and healthcare workers’ ability to do their jobs efficiently, provide adequate spaces for family members to participate in the healing process of the patients, and afford a greater measure of privacy for the delivery of bedside treatments and for sensitive discussions with healthcare personnel.
Private-room design also reduces noise levels and traffic in and out of patient rooms and contributes to a reduction in patient stress levels, which in turn results in faster healing time for patients.
The new patient wing, which will rise a total of eight stories, will contain 66 new private inpatient rooms and space for additional rooms for future use as demand requires. As these rooms become available to patients, the current 71 semi-private rooms in other hospital buildings will be converted to private rooms or other facilities. The overall number of beds at LGH will remain the same as today.
LGH will gain space for offices and other medical uses and there will be additional space ready for 80 new beds as needed in the future.
As medical technology advances, hospital rooms must be larger to accommodate larger equipment. Evolving regulations also require larger spaces to accommodate these demands. As more and more hospitals focus on family-centered care, patient rooms must be built to accommodate patients and their families. Larger rooms also make it easier and more convenient for visitors and can provide space for overnight guests.
The project will require traffic detours and closures of some LGH parking areas and entrances for up to two years.
Frederick Street Building Construction FAQs
WHY IS LG HEALTH MOVING TO ALL-PRIVATE ROOMS?
Private rooms have become the industry standard in new construction of acute-care facilities in the United States. Private rooms reduce the possibilities for infection, help healthcare workers do their jobs efficiently, provide adequate space for family members to participate in patients’ healing process, and offer more privacy for bedside treatments and sensitive discussions.
WILL THE PROJECT INCREASE THE NUMBER OF BEDS AT LGH?
The number of beds at LGH will not increase. The new patient wing will rise a total of eight stories and contain 66 new private rooms and space for an additional 59 rooms as future demand requires. The current 71 semi-private rooms in other areas of the hospital will be converted to private rooms or other facilities.
HOW WILL THE NEW ROOMS BE DESIGNED?
The new Inpatient Nursing Units will be spacious enough to provide separate “zones” for patients, healthcare providers and family members. The rooms will be increasingly functional, with space for staff discussions, clean and soiled utilities, equipment storage and carts.
Safety is another major design consideration. The new rooms will have clear paths from the bed to the bathroom and handwashing sinks near the entrance. To improve the care experience, patients will have greater control over temperature, lighting, window blinds and other features.