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Mount Nittany Medical Center Plans for Future Expansion, Renovation Projects

by on October 20, 2012 9:54 AM

Further expansion and renovations projects are under way at Mount Nittany Medical Center, including the addition of five operating rooms.

Called the Perioperative Services Expansion, the plans are part of Mount Nittany’s long-term vision and goal of meeting the growing health care needs of the communities it serves.

The next phase of campus growth focuses on perioperative services, said Lou Brungard III, vice president of facilities and plant operations at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

This project includes additional uses of the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion; five additional operating rooms; an expanded recovery, or post-anesthesia area; additional preparation and holding areas; and the beginning of kitchen space and nutrition services expansions.

The project commenced in August with some utility work, Brungard said.

Recently Mount Nittany Medical Center completed phase 1 of its newly expanded and renovated emergency department, with patient care becoming available this past July, Brungard said.

Phase 2 started in June, he said.

“The community is very pleased with the new space,” Brungard said about the new emergency department, which focuses on increased privacy and improvement of technology.

Expansion and renovation projects at the medical center started about 10 years ago, Brungard said, when the name of the hospital changed from Centre Community Hospital.

In 2009 the hospital’s east wing was expanded, which provided future inpatient capacity. In 2010 the new east wing opened, Brungard said, and the new cancer pavilion and emergency department projects launched.

When completed, the new emergency department will occupy nearly 60,000 square feet, Brungard said.

“(Its) new capacity should carry us for the next 15 years,” he said.

In addition to expansions at the medical center, Mount Nittany recently opened the Sieg Neuroscience Center on Old Gatesburg Road.

Housing neurology and sleep management programs and services, the new center has eight sleep rooms, two exam rooms and two consult rooms, Brungard said.

Additional future plans include the opening of a pain management center at Blue Course Drive and Old Gatesburg Road, Brungard said. This change will involve relocating existing physicians from the 911 University Drive location to the new facility. Construction for the center is anticipated to be complete around March 2013, he said.

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