On May 12, 2017, Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA broke ground on the largest expansion in its history -- a 250,000 square-foot expansion and 26,000 square-foot renovation project.
One year later, the hospital commemorated the official "topping out" - a construction tradition - marking the conclusion of the steelwork for the expansion.
This plan is another significant endeavor for the hospital, which completed Lasko Tower - a 93,000 square foot expansion - in 2014. Lasko Tower added 72 spacious rooms for heart patients whose vitals require careful monitoring, plus a mother and baby pavilion and an orthopaedic/surgical recovery unit. The construction of Lasko Tower was a critical first step in Chester County Hospital's bigger plan.
"The community we serve relies on our mission-based approach to care, our reputation for quality, and our history of providing advanced clinical services, treatments and programs," says Mike Duncan, President and CEO of Chester County Hospital.
Chester County, PA's 65+ population has been on the rise and is expected to continue growing by 3.75% annually over the next four years* (Source: Claritas Company). As a result, people will be managing heart disease, cancer and orthopaedic disorders more than they manage infectious disease.
We are already seeing this trend," Duncan adds, "To plan for the future we must accommodate anticipated growth." Chester County Hospital has seen dramatic growth across all care areas. Since FY2015, inpatient admissions have risen more than 5%. In addition, it has witnessed:
- Cardiac catheterizations/peripherals: +9% (since FY15)
- Open heart surgeries, including valves: +29% (since FY15)
- Orthopaedic surgeries: +16% (since FY15)
Chester County Hospital has contracted with Ballinger for the architecture and L.F. Driscoll for construction. The expansion, which was completed in early 2020, afforded the hospital a beautiful new front entrance, plus the following much-needed spaces: