Susquehanna Health building project right on schedule

Despite snow and cold this winter, outside construction has been steady in recent months at Susquehanna Health’s Williamsport Regional Medical Center.

The Health Innovation Center, a four-story building being erected at the south end of the campus, is the latest testament to the changing landscape of the health system.

“It’s on schedule and on budget,” said Robert Kane, vice president for system facilities.

The 87,000-square-foot building, to be completed in early 2015, will house outpatient pharmacy, heart and vascular testing, general surgery offices, and an education and family residency center.

With various support services and testing located in the building, the Innovation Center will serve as a kind of one-stop shopping experience for patients, according to officials.

“It’s a great plan to support a network of procedures,” Kane said.

He noted that all the building’s foundation work is completed as work has been ongoing throughout the winter.

“By mid-February we’ll be finished with steel work,” said Dieter Reichmann, administrative director for facilities.

Work on the $25 million project began in October.

“We consider the project 20 percent complete,” Kane said.

The key to progress, Reichmann said, was finishing all foundation work before the onset of cold weather.

The building will connect to the adjacent Energy Service Center.

Parking taken up by the new building is being relocated to the far east side of campus.

Officials said the project is necessary to provide the best possible patient care and to recruit medical professionals.

“In order for us to be positioned for the future we need top quality services, providers and quality care,” Kane said.

The project also helps the health system keep up with the ever-changing scope of medicine which has become increasingly more targeted to out-patient care.

The Innovation Center comes on the heels of Project 2012, the health system’s buildings and improvement project that encompassed the campuses of Williamsport Regional Medical Center and Divine Providence and Muncy Valley hospitals.