As one of Monroe County’s oldest and largest employers, Pocono Medical Center announced plans to build its second hospital campus.
Pocono Medical Center West will sit on a 40-acre site that once was the Summit Resort, at Route 715 and Interstate 80 in Tannersville, Pocono Township.
“Pocono Medical Center West will allow us to bring the most sophisticated health care technology and the highest quality care to an expanding number of patients here in Monroe County,” said Jeff Snyder, PMC’s president and CEO.
To buy the land, PMC signed a letter of understanding with the Farda family, which operated the resort for decades, and DF Pocono Associates LP. When the transaction is final, PMC will take ownership of the land.
Plans for the size, scope and staff at the new campus are being finalized, but hospital officials said construction is expected to begin in about 18 months.
“For the next several months, we will be working on the due diligence phase on the land,” PMC’s Geoffrey Roche said this morning, “while simultaneously evaluating a feasibility assessment to determine the appropriate services and size for our new Pocono Medical Center West campus.”
Founded in East Stroudsburg in 1915, Pocono Medical Center has more than 200 physicians and 1,850 staff members.
“It [PMC West] is most certainly going to include new jobs,” said Roche, PMC’s director, community/government relations.
In the past seven years, PMC has enhanced and added to inpatient and outpatient clinical services at its main campus and more than 20 other locations. Monroe’s population has about doubled in the past quarter-century, with much of the growth in the western part of the county.
“Today, with these investments in key clinical services in place, it’s time to focus on enhancing our physical plant,” Snyder said. “By expanding our services to the primary areas of population growth in Monroe County.”