WEST BRUNSWICK TWP., Pa - The finishing touches are being put on Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital in West Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, and those behind it said it's really needed.

"The residents of lower Schuylkill County and northern Berks County -- patients and families -- have to drive a lot for health care for many, many years," said Gabriel Kamarousky, president of Geisinger St. Luke's Hospital.

When finished, it will be a fully functioning hospital with 225 full-time employees and up to 80 beds.

"This is a full, state-of-the-art facility, full hospital with an emergency room, intensive care unit, operating room suites, medical surgical rooms, and full diagnostic capabilities," Kamarousky said.

One of the unique features at Geisinger St. Luke's will be private patient bays inside the emergency department, going along with a new trend across the country.

"I think it's the expectation of patients and families throughout the area to have that privacy when you are not in a good state," said Kamarousky.

Additionally, the hospital is already adding to the area's economy.

"We have seen real estate increase in value, and we've also seen other businesses benefit with the staff that we have coming in here," Kamarousky said.

An open house for the public to tour the hospital is set for November 2.