Health System Breaks Ground On New Dickson City Hospital

January 25, 2019
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Health System Breaks Ground On New Dickson City Hospital

DICKSON CITY — A vision to have a hospital in the Midvalley once again sprouted not from seeds planted by the Lehigh Valley health system building it, but from the doctors who have worked there for decades.

Local dignitaries joined Coordinated Health officials Thursday and ceremonially broke ground for the health system’s third hospital, Coordinated Health Scranton Hospital, at 334 Main St., Dickson City, which dramatically expands the existing Coordinated Health Scranton Orthopedics facility already there.

For the first time since announcing construction plans in July, they offered specifics on what’s going to be there.

The new hospital will have a non-trauma emergency room, general and plastic surgery. It will offer podiatry, imaging and physiatry as well as orthopedic medicine — Coordinated’s trademark line of care.

It will have surgery suites and 24 inpatient rooms for recovering patients.

Construction is expected to wrap up in spring 2020.

Coordinated Health has similar hospitals in Allentown and Bethlehem. It also is building a $15 million walk-in clinic and ambulatory surgery center in Hazle Twp., and has medical offices there and in Pittston Twp.

Based in Allentown, the for-profit, physician-owned system acquired Scranton Orthopaedic Specialists in 2017.

During a rainy ceremony under a portico behind the existing building, Coordinated chief executive and founder Dr. Emil DiIorio poured praise on Scranton Orthopaedic doctors and administrators for setting a standard of quality care, which laid the groundwork for the hospital.

“What we’re doing here is lending a hand to produce a vision that not only has quality, but further access — access once again to a hospital here in Dickson City,” he said.

The Midvalley region hasn’t had a hospital since Mid Valley Hospital, a Commonwealth Health facility in Blakely, eliminated emergency room and inpatient services in 2014, amid declining visits and admissions.

“It’s nice to have a hospital and a facility like this and the service it’s going to provide to be back in our valley,” said Dickson City Mayor Bob MacCallum, who welcomed Coordinated and offered his support.

Coordinated has been expanding its footprint in the region, and zeroed in on Scranton Orthopaedic because the two provider groups clicked, said Coordinated President and Chief Operating Officer Amy Nyberg.

“That’s No. 1,” she said. “You find the right physicians and it’s the right fit for the two organizations.”

While the regional population might not be getting larger, it’s over-65 segment — a group that needs more care overall, but especially extra attention for aging bones and muscles — certainly is.

Meanwhile, there are energy and transportation sectors booming along the Interstate 81 corridor “that we see as a real opportunity and a real need to fill for those industries to provide a different type of health care,” Nyberg said.

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