Geisinger breaks ground on new Laboratory Medicine Building

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March 21, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – On Thursday, March 21, ground was broken on a new 115,000-square-foot, five-level Laboratory Medicine Building at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC). It will replace the current medical testing laboratories at GMC, providing space to expand Geisinger laboratory’s clinical, research and teaching programs.

The $52,787,000 building is expected to be completed by April 2015, when it will provide enhanced laboratory testing, education and research areas, as well as staff and employee offices, meeting rooms and support areas. It is also conveniently located north of GMC’s Hospital for Advanced Medicine (HfAM) and parking garage to provide direct connections to both.

“This building provides the necessary technology and additional space to advance laboratory medicine’s performance and build upon its intellectual potential,” said Conrad Schuerch, M.D., chairman, laboratory medicine, Geisinger Health System. “Its proximity to the main hospital – especially the intensive care units, emergency department and operating rooms – will assure that rapid turnaround times can be achieved for critical patients.”

To maximize turnaround times on lab results, tube transport system routes have already been planned and built through the HfAM to connect with the new building. 

The building will feature Remstar storage units, which extend up to 40 feet vertically from floor to floor through unused ceiling space. These units will provide centralized storage for specimens, reagents, supplies, surgical blocks and slides at a diminished cost of equivalent linear space. The model will provide highly efficient access for all necessary supplies to enhance workflows in the new building.

The expanded teaching capability will accommodate a future pathology residency program, a larger cytopathology fellowship program, and, eventually, a transfusion medicine fellowship program. Future plans will also consider clinical training opportunities for university medical technologist students.

“The proposed facility provides needed capacity for future volume growth through highly efficient space configurations. This will allow the laboratory to achieve operational cost savings so necessary in today’s constrained expense environment,” said Therese Snyder, vice president, laboratory medicine, Geisinger Health System.

Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 17,000 employees, including a 900-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 310,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook

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Groundbreaking party (L to R): Kevin F. Brennan, CPA, FHFMA, executive vice president for finance, chief financial officer; Sue Hallick, executive vice president and Geisinger Health System's chief nursing officer; Ken Wood, chief medical officer, Geisinger Medical Center;  Lynn Miller, executive vice president, clinical operations, Geisinger Health System; Conrad Schuerch, M.D., chairman, laboratory medicine;Therese Snyder, vice president, laboratory medicine; Glenn D. Steele, Jr., M.D., Ph.D, president & chief executive officer;Bill Alexander, chairman of the board of directors; Albert Bothe, Jr., M.D., FACS, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Geisinger Health System; Joanne E. Wade, executive vice president, strategic program development; Frank Trembulak, executive vice president and chief operating officer.