Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate to begin major Emergency Department renovation in anticipation of

S. Ecenbarger
Thursday, February 4, 2016


CAMP HILL, Pa. – In preparation for a new Level II Trauma Center, Holy Spirit Hospital will begin a major construction project that will also expand the size and capabilities of its Emergency Department.

“We are preparing to become a Level II Trauma Center in October 2016,” said Kyle Snyder, Holy Spirit’s vice president of operations. “It will save critical minutes for area patients suffering from severe, life-threatening injuries.”

A two-story addition with a rooftop helipad will be built onto the John R. Dietz Emergency Center. The project will also expand the number of treatment rooms in the Emergency Department and include a dedicated and secure Behavioral Health treatment area.

“When Holy Spirit affiliated with Geisinger Health System last year, we began planning for a trauma center in addition to many other advanced clinical services in south central PA to better serve the community,” Snyder said. Geisinger has a Level I Adult and a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center at its main campus in Danville and Level II Trauma Centers at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. Currently, there are about a dozen Level II trauma centers in Pennsylvania. 

According to the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation, which accredits trauma centers, there are four levels of trauma centers in Pennsylvania. Both Levels I and II are required to provide the same level of medical care and expertise. However, a Level I trauma center is required to perform research, have a surgical residency program, and an annual volume of 600 major trauma patients.  A Level II trauma center must have an annual major trauma patient volume of 350.

In addition to the construction and renovation work that is necessary for the Level II Trauma Center at Holy Spirit, the project will also expand the number of treatment rooms in the main emergency department and provide a dedicated and secure behavioral health treatment area.

The first phase of the construction project will impact automobile and pedestrian traffic. Holy Spirit Hospital’s main entrance will remain open to traffic; however the drive will be closed from the helipad to the top level of the parking garage. Patients, visitors and staff will be able to drive to the American Office Building and Spirit Urgent Care using the access road near the helipad. The top level of the parking garage near the emergency center will be closed during construction. Traffic will be unable to travel through the campus from the entrance drive on 21st Street to the rear entrance/exit on Poplar Church Road. Capital Area Transit (CAT) buses will continue to provide service to Holy Spirit but will be rerouted through the front campus.

EMS vehicles will continue to use the hospital’s rear entrance on Poplar Church Road. Ambulances will be directed to the rear of the hospital near the Medical Arts Building rather than to the existing ambulance bay next to the John R. Dietz Emergency Center. Patients arriving by ambulance will be taken to the ER through this rear entrance. Physician parking in this area will be relocated to accommodate ambulance traffic.

All patients, including those needing to go to the ER, will be directed to enter the hospital through the Outpatient Entrance located between the main entrance and the current entrance to the John R. Dietz Emergency Center.