Lancaster General plans temp building to handle ER patients

Lancaster

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health says it plans to add a temporary building to the Lancaster General Hospital emergency department to handle additional patients.

The existing emergency department was designed for 90,000 annual visits but saw 117,000 visits during the last fiscal year, the health care provider said in a news release Tuesday.

The temporary building will have nine treatment bays. With the expected July opening of the new building, the emergency department will have a total of 63 treatment bays.

The modular, factory-built building will be located on the hospital’s emergency ramp. The main patient entrance to the emergency department will not change, but ambulances that use the Duke Street ramp will need to turn around on the ramp and exit from it.

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