Consolidating units in hospitals
The board of directors of Schuylkill Health approved the plan in February contingent on the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s approval.
The department of health approved a conceptual agreement, or the idea, in March, Lory said.
The option where only one building would be used was not selected because it didn’t allow the Schuylkill Health System to grow in the future.
He said the current plan provides for additional space in each hospital that can be used when needed.
The Schuylkill Health system is restructuring its services.
On Thursday, officials announced a “campus integration plan” that will see the emergency department, medical/surgical units or regular hospital rooms, critical care and surgical services stay at the East Norwegian Street building, the former Good Samaritan Hospital.
The plan, as presented, would better help Schuylkill Health maximize building space and save on expenses, Lory said.
A lot of time and effort went into the plan, Lory said.
An urgent care center, where patients can be treated for minor illnesses instead of going to the emergency room, is proposed for the South Jackson Street site.The consolidation of services is expected to cost some people their jobs.“Schuylkill Health is committed to ensuring that it integrates its facilities to provide those services most needed in this community,” Lory said in a prepared statement.“We are making every effort to preserve employment for our employees.We also are very mindful of employees concerned about workforce reductions.Meanwhile, the system is considering moving its maternity and pediatrics units to East Norwegian Street.“It’s inefficient to be running two full-service hospitals,” Marc. Lory, interim president/chief executive officer for Schuylkill Health, said Thursday. 6 after the board of directors of Schuylkill Health appointed him in after former CEO John E. He said the hospitals are within close proximity to each other and duplicate services are not cost effective.He said additional operating rooms are possible for the East Norwegian Street site.“We can’t make any of these moves without doing any construction,” Lory said about changes that could take place by the end of the year.Adolescent and adult behavioral health provide psychiatric care.The physical rehabilitation unit helps patients recover after treatment for injuries.