Penn State Health hospital plan moves forward

The planned Penn State Health West Shore hospital is closer to becoming a reality, a Hampden Township official said.

The land development plans for the hospital are moving to the Hampden Township board of commissioners for approval after winning an OK from the township planning commission at a Jan. 10 public meeting, according to township manager Keith Metts.

“The planning commission took a public vote to recommend to approve the plan with the condition that they will be compliant with township ordinances,” Metts said.

The five-person, volunteer planning commission looks at land development plans to confirm whether they’re compliant with township ordinances and regulations, Metts explained.

Penn State must now present its plan to township commissioners, and can do so as early as Jan. 31, the board’s next public meeting, Metts said.

If the presented plan is approved by the elected five-person board, Penn State Health must complete a building permit application. Once Hampden Township building code officials review and approve the application, Penn State Health will be free to break ground.

Penn State Health is the parent of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The new hospital will add 108 inpatient beds to fast-growing Cumberland County.

The facility will be located on a 44-acre tract of land off Good Hope and Wertzville roads near Interstate 81. 

Mariah Chuprinski
Mariah Chuprinski is the special projects editor at CPBJ. Email her at mchuprinski@cpbj.com.

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