MUNCY - Proceeds from the 30th annual Muncy Valley Hospital Lawn Party set for Saturday will go toward the renovation and expansion of the hospital's emergency department.
The $8 million project will provide an improved emergency facility to include 14 private rooms with specialized areas for trauma, decontamination and behavioral health evaluations, according to Susquehanna Health spokesman Tyler Wagner.
"It will provide easier access for public and support services," he said.
In addition, the new facility is expected to improve infection control capabilities.
Cloverleaf Lanes bowling alley, adjacent to the hospital at 229 E. Water St. was acquired to make room for the expansion.
Part of the bowling alley site will be given over to parking as well.
As yet, health system officials have not set a date for the project's groundbreaking.
Hospital president Ronn Reynolds noted that conceptual design plans and zoning for the project are under way as well as site cleanup and safety preparations.
"We are committed to keeping the Muncy community updated and informed about the project as it progresses," he said.
It is unknown at this time how many positions the project may create.
The lawn party, set for 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the hospital, will kick off with a breakfast.
Events for the day will include the Irv Zablocky Memorial Run/Walk/Wheelchair with registration at 7 a.m, and the race to follow at 8:30. The run/walk will begin at Myers Elementary School, 125 New St., and end at the hospital grounds.
The day's activities will include musical entertainment, children's activities and craft vendors.
A raffle drawing is set for 3:45 p.m.
A schedule of events and link to the registration form for the Irv Zablocky Memorial Run/Walk/Wheelchair, is at SusquehannaHealth.org/Events.
The lawn party is a fundraising project of the hospital's auxiliary.