Total of $22 million in hospital improvements over last three years
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – A newly renovated inpatient unit opened today at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, the latest in a series of additions and enhancements to provide care close to home for South Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding communities.
The $3.1 million, 8,000-square-foot unit is located on the hospital’s sixth floor and includes 14 private, medical/surgical inpatient rooms with telemetry capability. A multidisciplinary team of hospitalist physicians, nurses, laboratory and radiology technicians, physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists, and others will care for patients in the new unit. The addition complements the Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Emergency Department, which reopened last summer and cares for more than 50 patients per day, and the acute inpatient program, which has achieved 99th percentile patient experience scores for three years running.
“The opening of this new inpatient unit is our latest investment to better serve our community,” said Dan Landesberg, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre administrative director. “We have invested more than $22 million since 2015 to provide needed services close to home for our patients.”
In addition to the reopening of the emergency department, other recent enhancements at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre include:
- Expanded inpatient services with 48 additional patient beds
- Expanded outpatient services including a Surgical Specialties Clinic and Medication Assisted Therapy Clinic
- Additional imaging access and equipment, including the addition of vascular ultrasound and CT scanning
- Expanded laboratory medicine services including the construction of a $1 million laboratory
- Expanded outpatient therapy access
The addition of the Mako robotic-arm surgery system and development of a total joint replacement Center of Excellence.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.