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Lehigh Valley Health Network Hazleton Emergency Department

The goal of this important ED expansion and renovation was to reduce wait times and increase throughput and efficiency to better help care for the population of Hazleton, Pa. Working with Physician Leadership, MKSD developed a treatment pod concept for low-acuity patients that would quickly allow patients to be seen, treated and released. This fast-track area is innovative in its approach and has helped streamline visits to the ED.

The addition was complex in that it covered the entire front of the hospital, including the main, ED and the Ambulance Entrances. This gave the front facade of the aging hospital a completely new identity and included a light-filled reception and hospital check-in area. MKSD worked closely to develop a phasing plan that allowed the hospital to remain open, safe and functional including allowing Medivac to land close by during construction.

The result is a hospital with a new identity, an ED that has doubled in size, including a full complement of imaging services, improved efficiency and reputation in the community.