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Einstein Healthcare Network announces the planned expansion of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, the network’s newest hospital which opened in East Norriton in September 2012.The expansion will consist of the conversion of the west wing of the medical center’s fourth floor, which is currently being used as administrative office and conference space. The converted space will become 24 additional patient rooms, bringing the medical center’s total number of licensed beds to 170, all of which are private. “The early success of Einstein Medical Center Montgomery has created the need for additional patient care areas,” said Beth Duffy, Chief Operating Officer, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. “The administrative space at Einstein Montgomery was specifically designed for a fast conversion to patient rooms, with the thought that we would eventually need to expand. We’re prepared to do that without disrupting the care being delivered to our patients.”The administrative staff is being relocated, with more than half remaining in various locations within the hospital. A modular building located immediately to the north of the Minerva D. Braemer Medical Arts Building is being installed to provide office space for the remaining staff being moved from the fourth floor.“The tremendous response we’ve received from the community here in Central Montgomery County reaffirms our research that showed there was a significant need for a broader and deeper range of healthcare services in the region,” said Barry R. Freedman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network. “While we’ve accounted for this possible expansion in our strategic plan, this has happened even faster than we could have predicted.”The construction project is expected to take approximately nine months to complete and will result in an additional two dozen medical/surgical beds for multispecialty use.