Penn State Health has announced its plans to open a new acute care hospital alongside Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.
The new hospital is proposed to be built on 44 acres of land in the Wentworth Corporate Center in Hampden Township.
Construction of the 300,000 ft2 building, which will feature three floors, will begin in 2019 after receipt of all approvals. .
The new hospital will include 108 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, imaging and lab services, specialty inpatient services and complete medical and surgical capabilities.
Residents of Cumberland and Perry counties and the Harrisburg region will have convenient access to the hospital’s services without the need to travel to Hershey.
Penn State health affairs senior vice president, Penn State Health CEO and Penn State College of Medicine dean Dr. Craig Hillemeier said: “When we announced our partnership with Highmark Health in December, we said we are focused on building a regional health network that offers comprehensive care closer to where our patients live.”
“Cumberland County is booming with growth, and we want to ensure that the families in that area have easy access to high-quality and diverse health care services.
“This new facility is one way we can deliver on our commitment to ensure patients across the region are within 10 minutes of our Penn State Health primary care providers, 20 minutes of our specialty care providers and 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility.”
Hundreds of jobs will be generated during construction phase and after the hospital becomes operational.
In addition, the new facility will feature an open medical staff with plans to develop collaborative programmes between Penn State Health faculty physicians and independent community providers.
Hillemeier added: “Our ambition is to create an environment that enables a tighter relationship between our well-trained specialists and the many high-quality physicians that exist in the Harrisburg and West Shore communities.
“That’s important not only for improving care here today but for expanding opportunities for research and education that lead to innovations in tomorrow’s care for those in our region and beyond.”
The next step to progress the project is to submit its land development plan to Hampden Township for approval.