Penn State Health has announced its plans to build a new acute care hospital in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.

The construction of the  hospital on 30-acre land will begin once the department receives all necessary clearance, including support of the community and township leaders.

The construction is anticipated to begin by 2020.

The proposed hospital will feature private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices and various specialty inpatient services.

It will also feature an imaging lab as well as a complete surgical facilities.

Penn State Health CEO Steve Massini said: “We are committed to building a regional health network across central Pennsylvania that gives our patients a full range of care right in their neighborhoods.

 “This new acute care facility is another step toward delivering on our promise to ensure the communities we serve are within 10min of our primary care providers, 20min of our specialty care and 30min of our acute care.”

The new specialty services will benefit the residents of Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties who currently have to drive upto Hershey for the services.

The new centre is also expected to generate local jobs, during construction phases as well as once its operations commence.

Earlier this year, Penn State Health introduced the Lime Spring Outpatient Centre, a 76,000ft2 outpatient facility in East Hempfield Township. It also broke the ground for an adult acute care hospital, Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.