VINELAND — Inspira Medical Center is adding two stories to its outpatient wing to be completed late next year, officials announced this month.

Demand has grown for both emergency care and inpatient beds at the hospital, which led to plans to add 36 private-patient rooms, two family lounges and a consultation room, officials said.

ER visits have risen 22 percent in the past six years — about 40 more patients per day, said John DiAngelo, Inspira Health Network president and CEO.

More than 12,000 of the hospital’s ER patients were admitted last year, he said.

“Adding these additional beds will expedite the process of admitting patients from the ER into an inpatient room,” DiAngelo said in a statement. “This will allow us to consistently provide an even better patient experience.

The $34 million, 56,000-square-foot expansion will be atop the outpatient wing. The second floor will house the Medical Surgical Acute Care Unit with the new private patient rooms and lounges, along with nurses’ stations, offices and other employee areas.

The third floor will be left for future growth, officials said.

A covered employee entrance will be added on the west side, near the emergency room, and there will be 50 patient and visitor parking spaces to the front side of the building.

Inspira Health Network has more than 1,100 physicans and other care providers between three hospitals, a cancer center, specialty centers, urgent cares, outpatient imaging and rehabilitation centers, home care and hospice and more than 30 primary care office in Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem and Camden counties.

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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