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Reading HealthPlex to open 150 new patient rooms to garden views

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A Reading HealthPlex patient room (Contributed photo)
A Reading HealthPlex patient room (Contributed photo)

Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical & Patient Care will open 150 new patient rooms on five floors on Tuesday.

The lower levels of the $345 million Reading HealthPlex, which is adjacent to Reading Hospital in West Reading, opened in October.

Reading Hospital and the HealthPlex have about 695 beds combined. The new private patient rooms feature advanced technology and are laid out and designed to enhance patient healing and comfort, said Mark McNash, vice president, support services.

The rooms have views of the HealthPlex’s so-called green roof, an 88,000-square-foot rooftop garden that is said to be the largest of its kind in Pennsylvania and one of the largest on top of a health care building in the country.

“The view is peaceful and will hopefully provide a little bit of respite to the patients as they work their way to recovery,” McNash said.

All rooms are private with their own shower and bath and a family seating area.

“The design of the unit is the current state of the art,” McNash said.

“The real uniqueness of this design is that it really brings the caregiver closer to the patient,” he said.

“We have an electronic medical records [computer] at the bedside, and outside the room there are workstations that both the physician and caregiver can use and also can keep an eye on the patient while doing various documentation for the patient.”

The decentralized design is an improvement over the centralized supply and work areas in the old units, he said.

“You could have quite a trek to get some of the supplies to the patients,” McNash said.

Most of the patients will be arriving from the surgical areas in the HealthPlex’s lower levels.

The emergency department had been expanded to 16 emergency rooms and five trauma bays that can increase to nine, if necessary.

The upper floors and patient rooms are the last phase of the three-year construction and renovation of the 476,000-square-foot HealthPlex.

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