State Sens. Mike Stack and Robert Tomlinson have secured $3 million in state funding for an expansion project at Aria Health-Torresdale in Northeast Philadelphia.
The lawmakers presented the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funds to the hospital at a news conference.
The Emergency Department construction project at Aria’s Torresdale campus will expand current capacity from 30 to 42 beds, while also helping streamline patient evaluation and treatment, meeting both minor and major emergency care needs effectively and efficiently. The $37 million project is expected to be complete by March 2014.
“Every second counts in an emergency. Quick and accurate decisions lead to better outcomes, and this expansion project will help Aria medical personnel do their job while meeting the rising demand at the hospital,” Stack said. “It’s important that the state supports our health care providers, which are providing a much-needed service in our communities. Aria is committed to providing quality care to every single person that walks through the doors, so this additional state funding is good news for the hospital, its patients and the entire community.”
“In addition to the quality of care, this project will create jobs”, said Stack. “Aria expects to create 200 new jobs as a result of the emergency department expansion, and that’s in addition to the 1,500 jobs they already supply at Aria-Torresdale, and 4,000 jobs they have created on their Northeast Philadelphia and Bucks County campuses.”
RACP funds were also used to construct the new parking garage at the Torresdale campus. This $9 million project, completed last July, increased the total parking capacity by 25 percent by adding nearly 400 spaces.