YOUNGSTOWN - Plans are being laid for a $20 million expansion project at Northside Medical Center, billed as the largest infrastructure investment made at the hospital in 15 years.
ValleyCare Health System of Ohio, which operates the hospital and several other facilities in the Mahoning Valley, announced the project Tuesday, saying ground will be broken next month.
The project will add a 30,000-square-foot tower that will expand the emergency department and create a new main entrance, while modernizing more than 28,000 square feet of the existing hospital. This project is part of a five-year, $80 million capital commitment made possible through ValleyCare's affiliation with Community Health Systems in October 2010.
This rendering from Valley Care Health System of Ohio shows planned renovations at Northside Medical Center.
"These improvements will enhance our number one priority - delivering quality care to our patients," said ValleyCare Health System of Ohio CEO Kirk Ray. "These changes also will support our dedicated health care professionals by making hospital resources more accessible and efficient."
Nearly 70,000 patients sought care through ValleyCare emergency rooms in 2012, almost 30,000 at Northside alone. Updates will be made to Northside's Emergency Department, a designated Level III trauma center, reduce noise and give patients more privacy through the creation of 21 private exam and trauma rooms.
"Northside has served the residents of the Mahoning Valley for more than a century," said Northside Medical Center board Chairman Sandy Kessler. "With these developments, it will be positioned to continue care for another 100 years."
There will be a three-story addition along with a new first-floor lobby that will include registration, pre-admission testing, waiting rooms, a gift shop and an information center. The addition will extend the hospital closer to the existing garage.
Surgical services will be combined in a single location by moving outpatient surgery to the second floor adjacent to existing surgery suites. Hospital officials said the addition of 21 private patient holding rooms will streamline surgery.
Construction on the latest project is expected to be complete in fourth quarter 2014. Northside is finalizing preparations to ensure continued patient comfort and access for all who come to campus throughout the process.
Since 2010, ValleyCare has invested approximately $50 million in its hospital facilities. ValleyCare also operates Warren's Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital in Howland, along with several other local facilities.