WEST READING, Pa. - Reading Health System is unveiling its new wing at Reading Hospital: the HealthPlex.
"We're very, very proud of this facility," said Dr. Robert Bringham, the chairman, of Reading Hospital's surgery department.
The eight-floor, 476,000-square-foot HealthPlex offers advanced surgical and patient care.
"We have the busiest emergency department in Pennsylvania," said Clint Matthews the president and CEO of Reading Health System.
Some 134,000 patients come through the doors each year.
The wing will open Monday, and all services within the HealthPlex will run starting October 24.
The new center features 24 operating rooms that double the size of the hospital's other operating rooms.
High-definition cameras attached to the lights allow other doctors to connect to the surgeries to give medical advice
As surgeries wrap up, another camera gives crews a heads-up to prepare for the next operation.
Surgeons can also change lighting to prevent screen glare.
"This is the latest technology," said Matthews.
The HealthPlex triples the size of the trauma center, going from three beds to five, but it can fit up to nine.
Tangible charts are becoming a thing of the past. Patients' records will light up screens above their beds.
The center also features a new post-anesthesia care unit, or PACU center.
All doors feature wave-motion operating control to prevent the spreading of germs.
"They don't need to go somewhere else. They can receive the top quality care right here," Bringham said.
The third floor of the HealthPlex features eight new procedure rooms, and a green roof garden, giving patients and staff an area to relieve stress.
Officials said the center, designed by staff, finished on-time and under budget. The board of directors approved the $354 million plan four years ago.
HealthPlex will keep nurses closer to patients within the prep/recovery area, with desks outside of rooms. The center will also give patients more space, with 30 new private rooms on the second floor.
The top five floors of the HealthPlex are in-patient rooms, which will open in 2017.
Officials said renovations were needed, and the facility will better serve the community.
"The purpose is to provide the latest and the best care for the patients we serve," Matthews said.
Reading Health System will hold an open house for the community to tour the facility on Saturday. Those who attend can enjoy refreshments, entertainment, yoga, and a chance to meet helicopter pilots. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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