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Expansion Gets Underway at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton

Expect changes in parking and access to main lobby and emergency room.

Patients and visitors to Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton will experience changes in parking and access to the main lobby and emergency room as the hospital expansion project gets underway.

The multi-million dollar project includes the expansion of the emergency room to almost double its current size, as well as expansion of the main lobby and front entrance of the hospital. The project is targeted for completion by the end of 2019. (Click here to read 

The project will expand out the front of the hospital necessitating the closure of a significant part of the main parking lot during construction. Parking patterns will also change. Spaces will be available in the main lot for patient drop-off and handicap parking, but will be limited. Parking lots closest to the hospital have been re-designated as patient/visitor parking only. Upon entering the campus patients and visitors are asked to follow directional signs to parking lots A and C. A parking attendant is stationed at the main parking lot to direct visitors to additional parking areas.

As part of the project, a temporary entrance and walkway has been constructed to the left of the main entrance while the main and emergency entrances are closed. All patients (including walk-in emergency patients) and visitors are to use this entrance to access the main lobby and the emergency room (ER). Patients being released from the hospital will be escorted through the temporary walkway.

This is an exciting time for our hospital and our community, and emergency care will be greatly enhanced with the expanded ER,” says John Fletcher, President of LVH–Hazleton. “However, construction brings with it temporary inconveniences, especially for our patients. We will work to minimize these inconveniences and to continue to provide our patients with great care.”

To help alleviate parking and other concerns, patients who require outpatient lab work or radiology services are being asked to use the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton. Likewise, patients with non-life threatening or urgent care needs, such as colds, flu, earache, etc., are directed to use ExpressCARE in the Hazleton Shopping Center or to contact their primary care provider. New same-day sick appointments for patients without a primary care provider are available with select LVPG primary care providers and can be made by calling 570-501-4LVH.

The ER expansion project will almost double its current size from its existing 10,000 square feet to almost 19,000 square feet. The ER will expand its treatment bays from 18 to 30 treatment bays that will offer more privacy and comfort for patients. Four of these treatment bays will be used for fast track or urgent care patients.

In addition, a five-bed secured unit will be developed to treat behavioral health patients who come to the ER. Today there is one room for the treatment of behavioral health patients.

Phase 1 of the expansion and modernization project that began in April 2018 is also underway with three of the six patient floors completely renovated. Room upgrades include new flooring, lighting, wall finishes, TVs, and infrastructure for the implementation of the electronic health record, Epic, later this year. The renovation of the patient units will allow, at the completion of the project, for the option to flex patient rooms from semi-private to private depending on patient census providing more privacy and comfort for our patients. Phase 1 is expected to be complete by the end of 2019 as well.

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