Expansion project to begin at Northside Medical Center

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A multimillion dollar expansion project is set to begin next month at North Side Medical Center in Youngstown.

ValleyCare Health System officials announced Tuesday they will begin the first phase of a five-year, $80 million capital investment project in July. The first phase will include the construction of a new main entrance and lobby and the expansion of the emergency department at the hospital on Gypsy Lane.

A three-story tower is part of the construction project and will include 30,000 square feet of additional space, housing 21 private exam and trauma rooms. The project is the largest infrastructure investment made at the hospital in 15 years, according to a news release.

“These improvements will enhance our number one priority – delivering quality care to our patients,” said ValleyCare Health System of Ohio CEO Kirk Ray. “These changes also will support our dedicated health care professionals by making hospital resources more accessible and efficient.”

According to the release, nearly 30,000 patients were cared for at the hospital’s emergency department in 2012. Northside Medical Center is a designated Level III trauma center.

Construction is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2014.

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