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Groundbreaking set for $200M Hampden Medical Center

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A rendering of Penn State Health's Hampden Medical Center, planned to be finished in summer 2021.
A rendering of Penn State Health's Hampden Medical Center, planned to be finished in summer 2021. - (Photo / )

Penn State Health plans to begin construction of its $200 million acute care hospital in Cumberland County this week.

The Penn State Health Board of Directors has approved moving ahead with the ground-breaking for the hospital, to be called the Hampden Medical Center.

Hampden Township officials approved land development plans for the project in late January but final approval was needed from the system’s board before work could begin.

The hospital will sit on 44 acres off Interstate 81. It is expected to feature 108 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, imaging and lab services and medical and surgical capabilities.

Architectural firm Cannon Design and Barton Malow Alexander, a joint venture between construction companies Barton Malow and Alexander Building Construction Co., have partnered with Penn State Health on the project. The health system noted in a press release that it expects the project to create about 600 jobs in construction.

The system plans to employ 650 physician and staff when the hospital opens in 2021 and expects to increase its staff to 1,000 by 2024.

The new facility will bring the system closer to its strategy of ensuring communities are a 10 minute drive from a Penn State Health primary care provider, 20 minutes from a specialty care provider and 30 minutes from an acute care hospital, the system said in the release.

Penn State Health operates a number of hospitals in the state, including Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State Children’s Hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph in Berks County and Penn State Health Medical Group.

An official groundbreaking event is scheduled for later this month.

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Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis

Ioannis Pashakis covers health care and Lancaster County. Email him at ipashakis@cpbj.com.

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