HARRISBURG – Harrisburg Medical Center's ongoing expansion continues, and HMC President and CEO Rodney Smith said significant additional work will begin soon.
"We are finalizing some of the last-minute stuff right now," Smith said. "But, the new hangar is about three-fourths of the way done. They're putting the metal on the roof and they've actually started working on the living quarters."
Friday afternoon, workers indeed were working on plumbing and HVAC equipment in the living quarters area of the hangar.
Smith said once the construction trailer owned by design/build firm Korte is on site, several new parts of the expansion will begin.
"We need to do the (operating rooms), we need to do the ER and we need to do the front of the building," Smith said. "We really want to start with the ORs first. We're at capacity right now."
The addition of full-time orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Koth to HMC has been very popular with residents of the area, he said. Because Koth has a practice across the street from the hospital, he has two office visit days and two surgery days, plus an additional day to do work as needed – what is termed a "cleanup" day.
When finished, HMC will have 10 operating rooms, up from the seven it has currently, Smith said. In addition, the emergency room will be moved to the north side of the hospital building, where outpatient rehab formerly was.
"It's not new space. It's redesignated space," Smith said.
Outpatient rehab has been moved to the hospital's two clinics.
The expansion also will provide a new cardiac rehab unit, with a separate registration and lobby area he said.