Reading Hospital is about to embark on a $333.2 million expansion of its campus in West Reading, Berks Co.
The hospital will break ground Friday on its 13th clinical building, which will be located on 7th Avenue, adjacent to the doctors' office building.
The 8-story structure will include 24 surgical suites; five additional nursing units, each with 30 private patient rooms; and outpatient and inpatient reception and recovery areas, officials said.
"Reading Hospital's surgical services are currently spread across five buildings -- including two originally constructed in 1926 -- with interventional procedure rooms in other areas of the complex," said Clint Matthews, the hospital's president and CEO.
"This combination of distance and older rooms too small to efficiently accommodate robotic, interventional, and other minimally invasive technology had to be addressed to further advance our regional leadership in neurosciences, cardiac and vascular care, robotic surgery, and other surgical specialties," Matthews said.
The new facility will also increase Reading Hospital's emergency department and trauma center by adding 15 emergency rooms and four trauma bays.
The hospital's emergency department, officials said, is the busiest in the state, caring for more than 11,000 patients each month. The trauma center's volume continues to be among the busiest in the state.
Construction of the building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.