Hampden Medical Center opens 

Ioannis Pashakis//October 1, 2021

Hampden Medical Center opens 

Ioannis Pashakis//October 1, 2021


Penn State Hampden Medical Center opened in Cumberland County on October 1st. PHOTO PROVIDED

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center opened Friday morning after breaking ground in early 2019. 

Penn State Health’s new 300,000-square-foot, three-story, acute-care hospital is located at 2200 Good Hope Road in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.  

The hospital opened this week with 300 employees, who were hired by the Hershey-based hospital system this year. Penn State Health said it plans to increase that to 950 employees in the next three years. 

Hampden Medical Center features 110 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services and complete medical and surgical capabilities. 

Hampden was initially estimated to cost the system $200 million upon completion. Penn State Health announced on Friday that the final bill topped out at $300 million. 

Penn State Health hired 300 employees for Hampden Medical Center’s opening. PHOTO PROVIDED.

The acute care facility opens nearly a year after Penn State Health acquired Holy Spirit Health System from Montour County-based Geisinger last October. Holy Spirit Medical Center and Hampden Medical Center are less than seven miles away from each other, which will allow the system to adopt what it calls its “two hospital strategy” and share services. 

An example of this strategy is the recent news that Penn State Health would be moving Holy Spirit’s labor and delivery services to Hampden Medical while Holy Spirit will continue to provide gynecologic and breast-care surgery as well as other women’s services. 

“Today marks an important step in implementing Penn State Health’s two-hospital strategy on the West Shore, to take advantage of each hospital’s strengths and best serve the health care needs of the surrounding communities,” said Don McKenna, regional president of Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center. 

Penn State Health’s regional expansion does not stop in Cumberland County. The system is currently building a new Lancaster hospital in East Hempfield Township. 

The system’s growth into surrounding counties is part of its 0, 10, 20, 30 strategy. The system aims to have patients be zero minutes from telehealth services, 10 minutes from a primary care provider, 20 minutes from a specialty care provider and 30 minutes from a Penn State Health hospital.