Lehigh Valley Health Network is adding private patient rooms in its latest expansion.
The $21.4 million addition to the Kasych Family Pavilion will add 24 private rooms and three floors to the existing tower at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Salisbury Twp.
According to hospital officials, the expansion was in response to increased community demand for private rooms.
“Though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act places a greater emphasis on keeping our community healthy and out of the hospital, the current demand for more private rooms remains high at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest,” says Ronald Swinfard, MD, LVHN’s president and CEO.
“Keeping people healthy in the first place is always a priority, but we also must continue to address the in-hospital needs of our community, which makes this project necessary,” Swinfard added.
Expansion plans call for adding the 24-bed medical/surgical unit with all private rooms, as well as installing the steel construction to shell the fifth through seven floors to allow for future growth.
The fourth floor of the project is expected to be available in December; the rest of the project should be completed by May.