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Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health will soon add a temporary, 2,500-square-foot building to the north side of the Emergency Department at Lancaster General Hospital, to provide additional patient capacity.
The state Department of Health recently approved this modular, factory-built building, which will include nine treatment bays, a nurse's station and restroom facilities. It is expected to open in July.
The building will deliver the same patient experience and quality provided in the existing ED, and enable us to begin exploring a potential expansion of emergency services at the hospital. With the temporary building, the Emergency Department will have 63 treatment bays.
Similar modular buildings are made of the same materials used in site-built construction. They meet all local, state, and national codes for commercial construction, ensuring the detailed quality every medical facility demands.
The building will be located on the hospital's emergency ramp and built in stages. The Emergency Department's main patient entrance will not change, but ambulances that use the Duke Street ramp will need to turn around on the ramp, and exit from it.
LGH's existing Emergency Department, designed for 90,000 annual visits, saw 117,000 visits last fiscal year. The last major expansion of the department, which also required a modular building to facilitate construction, occurred in 2000-01.