Chester County Hospital has started work on a major expansion that is expected to cost $90 million for the first phase and up to $268 million by completion, writes Brian McCullough for the Daily Local News.
The hospital is temporarily closing its main entrance, as visitors will have to use the historic entrance on the opposite side of the building for the next two and a half years. To minimize disruption, shuttle buses, along with valet parking, will be provided.
The expansion and renovation project comes four years after the hospital was acquired by Penn Medicine. It agreed to spend $130 million on capital improvements within the first five years of the purchase.
The first phase of the project will include the addition of 15 modern operating room suites, three labs, 10 new emergency department rooms, and non-invasive cardiology and pre-admission testing areas.
The second phase will add 96 inpatient beds with further phases still in the planning stages.
“When we get done, we’ll have the hospital the people of this community deserve,” said Chester County Hospital CEO Michael Duncan.