SCRANTON, PA -- Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) will host a Construction Celebration to mark the completion of the $97.1 million expansion project.

The celebration will take place Monday, Oct. 5 at 12:30 p.m. at G-CMC on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Mulberry Street, Scranton. Geisinger officials, including president and CEO David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, will speak.

This month, G-CMC opened its new 14-room operating suite. The 35,000 square-foot operating suite include upgrades such as state-of-the-art surgical equipment including video integration. This includes a Hybrid OR, which combines a traditional surgery suite with precise imagining capabilities for complex surgical procedures. A new electrophysiology lab for heart patients is scheduled to debut in the coming months. G-CMC will also unveil a new G.I. suite and multidisciplinary epilepsy monitoring unit.

This past spring, G-CMC debuted its new tower and lobby, a striking, five-story, 143,000 square-foot structure at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Mulberry Street. The new tower rises above but is also adjacent to the existing hospital, extending G-CMC’s overall square footage by more than 35 percent. The hospital’s new 18-bed intensive care/critical care unit was also introduced. Each ICU room is equipped with Lackawanna County’s only electronic Intensive Care Unit. Other upgrades include equipment booms for maximum patient care and room flexibility, patient lifts and private bathrooms.

“G-CMC is committed to building Scranton’s most comprehensive and integrated health system,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “With the new upgrades to the hospital, we’re able to continue to provide our patients world-class specialty and subspecialty care, close to home.”

The expansion at G-CMC is part of the $158.6 million investment Geisinger Health System committed to enhance clinical programs, increase physician recruitment, expand and improve facilities and implement new information systems in Scranton and its surrounding communities. A $20 million project to upgrade G-CMC’s technology infrastructure, including integration into Geisinger’s electronic health record system, was completed in February 2013. In the summer of that year, G-CMC broke ground on the $97.1 million expansion project.

The 297-bed G-CMC has been an integral community asset since 1897, and merged into Geisinger Health System in February 2012. G-CMC is home to Scranton’s only heart attack receiving center, Level II Trauma Center and adult inpatient behavioral health unit. Other programs at G-CMC include neurosciences, cardiothoracic surgery, orthopedic and joint replacement surgery and a broad range of other specialized surgical and radiological services.

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