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Work underway on Lancaster County facility for Penn State Health

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This rendering of a new Penn State Health primary and specialty care center, being built along Noll Drive in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster County.
This rendering of a new Penn State Health primary and specialty care center, being built along Noll Drive in East Hempfield Twp., Lancaster County. - (Photo / )

Construction has begun on a new Penn State Health outpatient facility in Lancaster County.

This aerial view shows the future site of a new Penn State Health primary and specialty care center, to be built along Noll Drive in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.
This aerial view shows the future site of a new Penn State Health primary and specialty care center, to be built along Noll Drive in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County. - ()

The two-story, 76,000-square-foot medical office building will be located at Noll Drive and Rohrerstown Road in East Hempfield Township, in Oaktree Development Group's Lime Spring Square development.

The building will have practice space for up to 45 community-based primary care practitioners and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center specialists, as well as lab, imaging and therapy services, Penn State officials said.

It is expected to be completed late next year and open to patients in early 2019. The project team includes Mula Architects, land planning by RGS Associates and Wohlsen Construction.

Its development comes shortly after Physicians’ Alliance Ltd., Lancaster County’s largest independent physician practice group, became part of Penn State Health. The group, which includes family medicine providers as well as providers in oncology, pediatrics and general internal medicine, serves nearly 100,000 adults and children.

About 100 Physicians' Alliance physicians, together with advanced practice clinicians from 12 outpatient practices across Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties, joined Penn State Health officials for a groundbreaking ceremony earlier this month.

The building will feature design elements and processes intended to streamline the patient experience, similar to those found at the newest Penn State Health practice site, near Mechanicsburg in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County.

The Mechanicsburg practice is equipped with a real-time location system — using sensors, ID badges and mapping software — to manage the location of providers, staff and patients to reduce wait times for patients.

In addition, the building's design allows a patient's entire visit – from check-in to check-out – to occur in the same room, providing smoother transitions and greater privacy than in a traditional practice setting, Penn State officials said.

"These providers and this new, innovative outpatient practice on Noll Drive will play a fundamental role in helping achieve Penn State Health’s long-term goal of ensuring that patients across Central Pennsylvania are within 10 minutes of our primary care providers and 20 minutes of a specialty care provider," said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State.

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