Map of Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States with township and municipal boundaries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Reading Health System plans to build a $354 million clinical building on its West Reading campus, a move hospital officials say could keep more Berks County patients in the area for their medical care.
“What we’re really doing is upgrading what we currently have and bringing some of our facilities into the 21st century,” said Mark McNash, vice president of support services for the Reading Health System. “We’re excited to offer state-of-the-art surgical facilities for the community.”
Construction of the eight-story building on Seventh Avenue and Parkside Drive will begin in September. It will take three years to complete, McNash said.
Health system officials say they are undertaking the ambitious and expensive project because the hospital building is outdated in some respects.
Temple University logo (no text, “T” only) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Only a week after Shannon Cropper first noticed Temple University‘s cherry-and-white “T” on a ReadyCare Center at the Pavilion in Jenkintown, he found himself sitting in an examination room there with his 9-year-old daughter, Kennedy, who had tumbled off her bicycle and twisted her ankle.
“I’m having a hard time walking on it,” Kennedy said as she rested the injured joint on her father’s lap.
Just 45 minutes after entering the ReadyCare’s bright waiting room, Kennedy had had her vital signs taken, been examined by a doctor, and had her swollen ankle X-rayed. Father and daughter were now waiting for a radiologist a few miles down the road at Temple University Hospital to read the film.
“It’s well-organized,” Cropper said of ReadyCare, one of a growing number of urgent-care centers set up by hospitals like Temple. “My first impression is that this is amazing.”
Some local hospital Emergency Rooms already have them. Some others are considering adding them like Pottstown Memorial Medical Center and Phoenixville Hospital.
I don’t know about you but is this making medical care too much like ordering a pizza or being on hold with your credit card company? Will patients get discounts and prizes for prompt treatment? Will employees be rewarded for providing prompt treatment?
Some things take as long as they take. Do we want medical treatment on the same level as an express lunch guarantee at Bennigan’s? I am somewhat skeptical of this concept. Will we be installing deli ticket machines so patients can take a number as well? Maybe we can put up a digital display like at Redner’s so everyone can see what patient we are on.
Triage takes care of making sure the neediest patients get care first. Turning the ER into a deli atmosphere does not seem like a step forward IMHO.