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Slideshow: Lancaster County hospital announces expansion completion

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital announced Thursday it has completed the expansion of its health pavilion, increasing its size by more than 40 percent.

The pavilion, which is adjacent to the Lancaster County hospital, has a day surgery center and houses specialty services such as women’s health, orthopedics and plastic surgery.  

York-based WellSpan Health, which acquired the Ephrata-based hospital in 2013, expanded the pavilion to 98,000 square feet from 69,000 square feet.

The project will allow the hospital to expand its orthopedic surgery program and serve growing demands for the service, WellSpan said. 

The pavilion now has 10 operating rooms and an endoscopy/bronchoscopy room, which will be used for evaluating gastrointestinal and lung health. It also has 15 pre-operative rooms, 16 post-operative rooms, new administrative offices and a conference room.

The operating rooms will officially open to patients on Monday.

Other renovations included expanding the office of Lancaster Orthopedic Group on the third floor, and redesigning the entrance so that it has a traffic circle and a weather-protected canopy.

WellSpan purchased the health pavilion for $18.4 million in summer 2015. Ephrata Community Hospital had previously leased the building since 2002.

Pavilion construction started in June 2015, and West Earl Township-based Benchmark Construction Co. Inc. was the general contractor.

The renovations cost $28.4 million, WellSpan said.

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