$20 million expansion nearly done at Northside

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s been just over a year since officials broke ground at Northside Medical Center for their new and expanded emergency department.

On Tuesday, they cut the ribbon on the project.

ValleyCare Health System invested $20 million in this project, which includes a 30,000-square foot tower that expands the emergency department and adds a new main entrance. Then another 28,000-square feet of the existing hospital was renovated.

“People like coming to a place that is nice and new to work that has the modern equipment so they don’t feel limited by their facility and they can do the kind of work they have been trained to do,” said Neal Tishman, chair of the emergency medicine department at Northside.

One of the biggest changes patients can expect to see is private rooms in the emergency room. There are now 21 of those, making things more comfortable for both patients and families.

“Not only will patients continue to get that great care that Northside is known for, it will be in a location where they will have easy access for parking, easy way finding,” said Kent Brown, chief operating officer and interim CEO.

Michael Smith has worked at Northside Hospital since 1989.

“This is the most exciting thing that has happened at this facility in the 25 years I have been here,” Smith said.

He is the trauma and EMT coordinator at Northside, which means he spends a lot of time in the emergency room, which is Level 3 trauma center.

“There was times we even passed out earplugs to patients because of demolition and things,” Smith said.

But Brown said the staff is the hospital’s biggest asset.

“We are kind of talking about this new building as the new face of Northside. And it is. But more importantly, our new face of Northside is our people,” he said.

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