Penn State Health begins construction on adult acute care hospital

WCN Editorial Team 1 Apr 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Penn State Health has commenced construction on its third adult acute care hospital, Hampden Medical Center.

Located in the Wentworth Corporate Center at the intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville roads in Cumberland County, the 300,000ft², three-storey Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is planned to commence operations in 2021.

The $200m Hampden Medical Center is expected to offer enhanced access to the primary and specialty care services of Penn State Health to the residents of Cumberland and Perry counties, as well as the broader Harrisburg area.

Penn State College of Medicine dean, Penn State Health CEO and Penn State senior vice president for health affairs Dr Craig Hillemeier said: “We made a promise to patients across the region that they will be within 10 minutes of Penn State Health primary care providers, 20 minutes of our specialty care providers, and 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility, and Hampden Medical Center is one way we are delivering on that promise to the families in the West Shore area.”

The new facility will comprise 108 inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services, and complete medical and surgical capabilities.

Additional features of the Hampden Medical Center include an open medical staff, with a plan to develop collaborative programmes between Penn State Health physicians and private community providers. It also includes an attached outpatient medical office building.

Highmark president Deborah Rice-Johnson said: “Our partnership with Penn State Health advances Highmark’s mission to create a remarkable health experience for customers – one that is high-value, affordable and convenient.

“Through a joint $1 billion investment, we are creating a community-based care network that enhances access, innovation and competition for central Pennsylvanians. Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is a cornerstone of this effort, establishing an important care access point for current and future generations.”

The project is expected to create about 600 jobs during construction and 650 people initially once operational, with potential to increase to about 1,000 employees over the first three years.

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Image: Penn State Health started construction on its third adult acute care hospital. Photo: courtesy of PENN STATE HEALTH MILTON S. HERSHEY MEDICAL CENTER.

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