- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - Commonwealth Health is spending $80 million to reconfigure and join two of its hospitals in Scranton, including building a bridge between them.

The project will see Regional Hospital of Scranton and Moses Taylor Hospital joined into one complex, though the hospitals will keep their names and independent licenses.

Both hospitals now offer many of the same services. But under the new configuration, surgery, heart care, intensive care and the emergency department will consolidate in the Regional Hospital building. The intensive care unit will expand from 16 to 24 beds and the emergency room from 19 to about 50 beds.

The change will also make all patient rooms in both hospitals private.

The project announced Wednesday will take until about 2020 to complete.

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