CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) – A construction project is beginning at Holy Spirit Hosptial to expand the emergency department, the hospital announced in a release.
“We are preparing to become a Level II Trauma Center in October 2016,” said Kyle Snyder, Holy Spirit’s vice president of operations. “It will save critical minutes for area patients suffering from severe, life-threatening injuries.”
The hospital plans to add a two-story addition and a helicopter pad on to the existing emergency center.
There will also be an increase in emergency treatment rooms and a secure behavioral health treatment area will be added.
Hospital leaders said the first phase of the construction project will impact automobile and pedestrian traffic.
The hospital provided the following information about traffic flow:
Holy Spirit Hospital’s main entrance will remain open to traffic; however the drive will be closed from the helipad to the top level of the parking garage. Patients, visitors, and staff will be able to drive to the American Office Building and Spirit Urgent Care using the access road near the helipad. The top level of the parking garage near the emergency center will be closed during construction. Traffic will be unable to travel through the campus from the entrance drive on 21st Street to the rear entrance/exit on Poplar Church Road. Capital Area Transit (CAT) buses will continue to provide service to Holy Spirit but will be rerouted through the front campus.
EMS vehicles will continue to use the hospital’s rear entrance on Poplar Church Road. Ambulances will be directed to the rear of the hospital near the Medical Arts Building rather than to the existing ambulance bay next to the John R. Dietz Emergency Center. Patients arriving by ambulance will be taken to the ER through this rear entrance. Physician parking in this area will be relocated to accommodate ambulance traffic.
All patients, including those needing to go to the ER, will be directed to enter the hospital through the Outpatient Entrance located between the main entrance and the current entrance to the John R. Dietz Emergency Center.