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LECOM Health Breaks Ground on New Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit

Two-story addition will add 34,000 square feet to Millcreek Community Hospital

New ER and ICU Building for LECOMERIE, Pa. (March 23, 2023) – LECOM Health officials announced the groundbreaking of a 34,000 square-foot addition to the Millcreek Community Hospital that will create a new emergency department and intensive care unit.  The announcement was made today during a ceremony at the hospital’s education center.

The new emergency department will be located on the first floor and include eight treatment rooms, two trauma rooms, and six patient rooms dedicated to behavioral health.  The second floor intensive care unit (ICU) will consist of six new critical care patient beds, and 14 private medical/surgical patient rooms.

“The investment in this project aligns with our continued mission of meeting the needs of the community, particularly the need for better, faster emergency care in a private and comfortable setting,” said LECOM Health vice president of surgical services and project lead Dr. Anthony Ferretti.

The plans also provide a new emergency entrance and exit directly off Peach Street and a dedicated ambulance-only drop-off area.

LECOM Health partners working on the project include Westminster Group Companies through JPI Development Partners, LLC; Perspectus Architecture of Cleveland, OH; Building Systems, Inc. of Erie; and Sanford Surveying and Engineering of Erie serves as the civil engineer.

Construction is slated to be completed in late 2024.

Groundbreaking of new ER for LECOMDr. Anthony Ferretti was joined at the ceremony by John M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM president and CEO; Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O., LECOM provost;  Mary Eckert, CEO of Millcreek Community Hospital; Danielle Hansen, D.O., vice president of Acute Care, Behavioral Health and Quality at Millcreek Community Hospital; and James Lin, D.O., president of the LECOM Institute for Successful Aging.  Also in attendance were County Executive Brenton Davis, Senator Dan Laughlin, and Representative Bob Merski.



In 2023, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) celebrates its 30th anniversary. Founded in 1992, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest medical school in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine, School of Podiatric Medicine, School of Health Services Administration and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences has surpassed 4,400 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa., Bradenton, Fla., and Elmira, N.Y. LECOM consistently graduates more primary care physicians than any other U.S. medical college while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions of any private medical school in the country. The college is the core of the nation’s only osteopathic academic health centers, LECOM Health, a highly innovative, multifaceted health care and education system. Today over 16,000 LECOM alumni are providing health care to patients across the U.S.

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