ValleyCare: Northside Medical Center to get $20-million upgrade

This rendering depicts the proposed new entrance for Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. Electronic image courtesy of ValleyCare.

This rendering depicts the proposed new entrance for Northside Medical Center in Youngstown. Electronic image courtesy of ValleyCare.

ValleyCare Health System of Ohio will break ground this month for a $20-million expansion and upograde of Northside Medical Center. It is the largest infrastructure investment made at the hospital in 15 years.

ValleyCare will add a 30,000 square foot tower that will expand the emergency department and create a new main entrance, while modernizing more than 28,000 square feet of the existing hospital. This project is part of a five-year, $80 million capital expenditure made possible through ValleyCare’s affiliation with Community Health Systems in October 2010.

“These improvements will enhance our number one priority – delivering quality care to our patients,” said ValleyCare Health System of Ohio CEO Kirk Ray. “These changes also will support our dedicated healthcare professionals by making hospital resources more accessible and efficient.”

Nearly 70,000 patients sought care through ValleyCare emergency rooms in 2012, almost 30,000 at Northside alone. Updates to Northside’s ED, a designated Level III trauma center, will support prompt assessment, resuscitation and stabilization of injured patients. Noise will be reduced and patients will have more privacy through the creation of 21 private exam and trauma rooms. Improvements will continue Northside’s commitment to serve patients in 30 minutes or less and enhance the quality of care.

“Northside has served the residents of the Mahoning Valley for more than a century,” said Northside Medical Center Board Chairman Sandy Kessler. “With these developments, it will be positioned to continue care for another 100 years.”

In the three-story addition, the most visible component is a new main entrance that will serve as a central location from which patients and visitors access hospital resources. A new first floor lobby will include registration, pre-admission testing, waiting rooms, a gift shop and an information center. The addition will also improve patient convenience by extending the hospital closer to the existing garage that offers covered parking.

Surgical services will be combined in a single location by moving outpatient surgery to the second floor adjacent to existing surgery suites. The addition of 21 private patient holding rooms will streamline the surgical experience for patients and providers. On the third floor, endoscopy services will be enhanced with a new waiting area and the addition of two endoscopy suites and a bronchoscopy room.

Since 2010, ValleyCare has invested approximately $50 million to improve hospital facilities such as the ongoing transition to private patient rooms, update technology, add new medical equipment and recruit physicians.

Construction is expected to be complete in fourth quarter 2014. Northside is finalizing preparations to ensure continued patient comfort and access for all who come to campus throughout the process.

Public officials, institutional neighbors and representatives from ValleyCare took part in groundbreaking ceremonies in August for Northside Medical Center. Electronic image by Mark C. Peyko and Metro Monthly.

Public officials, institutional neighbors and representatives from ValleyCare took part in groundbreaking ceremonies in August for Northside Medical Center. Electronic image by Mark C. Peyko and Metro Monthly.

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