Here's a quick look at some of the most asked questions about Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care
Why does Reading Hospital need a new building?
Over the past 10 years, outpatient procedures have grown significantly both in number and sophistication. The impact of aging baby boomers and expanding life expectancy will continue to drive this growth well into the future. Our leading edge combination surgical and inpatient tower will enable us to address the increased need for services and will easily accommodate new technological breakthroughs so we can bring the latest life-saving procedures to you and your loved ones.
When was the project started?
Groundbreaking began in September of 2013 but planning for the project started about 10 years prior.
How big is the new building?
Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care is 476,000 square feet of total space or approximately the equivalent of eight football fields!
What is included in the expansion?
- 24 surgical suites, including six hybrid-capable operating rooms
- eight minor procedure rooms
- 150 total private patient rooms
- 16 new emergency treatment rooms
- five new trauma bays
- 88,000 square foot Green Roof
- reception and recovery areas for individuals scheduled for either outpatient or inpatient procedures
What is the Green roof?
The new Green Roof is a tranquil outdoor space provided for our patients so they have a natural, relaxing space outside to deal with the stress sometimes associated with spending time inside of the hospital. Studies show that nature, sunlight, and fresh air have many natural healing properties as well. This all-new 88,000 square foot Green Roof will be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania and the third largest green roof on a healthcare building in the United States, making up more than 72% of the building’s overall footprint.
When will the project be complete?
Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care is expected to be complete in the Fall of 2016.