HARRISBURG – The Geisinger Lewistown Hospital will finally receive its $3 million state economic growth initiative grant to renovate and upgrade its Emergency and Imaging Departments, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).
Corman said the grant was awarded through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capitol Program (RCAP) program in the state 2014-15 budget. The money was finally released by the Governor this week. The program is administered by the Commonwealth’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects.
He said the grant will be matched with other funds to provide a complete facelift for the Emergency Department patient care areas, nurse and physician work stations, and registration, waiting and lobby areas. Upgrades will include new floors and ceilings, as well as a fire protection system, isolation treatment room and a bariatric treatment room.
The Radiology/Imaging Services Department will also be upgraded with new floors and ceilings and a fire protection system.
The total project cost for is estimated at $20.2 Million, and work is expected to be completed by the end of August.
“At a time when the need for health care is growing in rural areas, this grant will not only help Geisinger Lewistown it to remain open and preserve more than 1,000 quality jobs, it will bring residents high-quality healthcare close to home,” Corman said.
He noted that access to healthcare was a key concern a recent Mifflin-Juniata Community Needs Assessment. Geisinger Lewistown is the sole provider of emergency services to the residents of Mifflin, Juniata, and surrounding counties.
“This project will directly address the call for a more comprehensive array of services and improved patient flow through the emergency room,” Corman said. “The addition of RCAP grant money will ensure that work is completed quickly on this important community resource.”
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