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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—

The Robert Wood John­son Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal re­cently fin­ished con­struc­tion of and opened a $3.8 mil­lion am­bu­la­tory surgery cen­ter. The roughly 14,300-square-foot surgery cen­ter, the Am­bu­la­tory Sur­gi­cal Pavil­ion at Robert Wood John­son, in­cludes four op­er­at­ing rooms and 13 beds for pa­tients be­fore and af­ter surgery, the hos­pi­tal an­nounced. The newly built cen­ter for same-day surgery, en­doscopy and or­tho­pe­dic pro­ce­dures also in­cludes a 10-bed unit for post-anes­the­sia care and is housed in­side the 610-bed hos­pi­tal build­ing.

COAL TOWN­SHIP, Pa.—

Shamokin Area Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal agreed to be­come part of Geisinger Health Sys­tem, Danville, Pa., ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The boards of Shamokin and Geisinger ap­proved the deal in sep­a­rate votes. Terms were not dis­closed, and the deal is pend­ing due dili­gence and reg­u­la­tory ap­provals, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease. Health­care re­form and other eco­nomic chal­lenges jeop­ar­dized the long-term ex­is­tence of the 55-bed Shamokin hos­pi­tal and led to the deal with Geisinger, Shamokin Pres­i­dent and CEO Thomas Har­low said in the re­lease. The deal will en­sure ac­cess to health­care on the Shamokin cam­pus and pro­mote high­qual­ity, cost-ef­fec­tive care, Har­low said. Geisinger plans to ex­pand acute-care ser­vices at the Shamokin hos­pi­tal, but the deal does not in­clude a guar­an­tee that it will re­main open as an acute-care hos­pi­tal, a Geisinger spokes­woman said. Ap­provals from the Penn­syl­va­nia at­tor­ney gen­eral’s of­fice and state depart­ment of health are re­quired to com­plete the deal.

The Am­bu­la­tory Sur­gi­cal Pavil­ion at Robert Wood John­son in­cludes four op­er­at­ing rooms and 13 beds for pa­tients be­fore and af­ter surgery.

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