Construction associated with Campus Integration has begun. Please see the graphic below to highight where we are in the process.
Architecht renderings of the Nurses' Station and a Patient Room in the New Emergency Department now under construction
The Emergency Department at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street has been temporarily relocated to the hospital’s Second Floor as crews begin the Emergency Department Expansion project on the first floor. The temporary, yet fully functional department will remain in operation until construction is completed later this year.
Signage is in place for walk-in emergency patients going to the Emergency Department as well as for Ambulance Personnel.
Walk-In Patients can access the Emergency Department directly from any Parking Garage Elevator by exiting at 2H (Second Floor Hospital). Walk-in emergency patients can still enter what was the Emergency Department entrance on Tremont Street and follow a short interior walkway to the elevators.
EMS and Ambulance Personnel are using a separate entrance for ambulance patients. Local and regional EMS and emergency crews had earlier been advised of the change. They provided the health system with input and recommendations on the best ways to access the temporary emergency department. The Emergency Department on the Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street campus remains open during this construction project.
The construction of the emergency department will add treatment areas for patients. When completed later this year, the new ED will have 19 treatment bays, three triage rooms, three psychiatric evaluation rooms and a four-bed fast track area.
The construction is part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s announced campus integration plan in Schuylkill County, which will consolidate acute, medical/surgical services to the East Campus. That consolidation will also be completed later this year. Part of this construction is enhancement of the Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology Department at the East Norwegian Street hospital.
That department expansion includes the additions of nuclear medicine, digital mammography, a new interventional radiology suite and a new patient registration/reception area. Additional, but more minor renovation is taking place on the hospital’s fourth floor.
The current plan keeps The Birthplace, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Maternity Unit in Schuylkill County, on the South Campus as well as Adult and Adolescent Behavioral Health Units. A decision about the location of maternity services is still being evaluated.
An Express/Urgent Center is being planned for the South Jackson Street facility for some time after the East Emergency Department has been completed.