A topping-off ceremony recently marked completion of the first phase of an expansion to Penn State Children’s Hospital in Derry Township.
One of the final beams placed atop the structure included signatures from patients, their families, community members, lawmakers and health system officials. They signed the beam at an event Oct. 18.
The $148.1 million, three-floor expansion project was approved by Penn State Health’s board in Feburary. Boston-based Payette Associates, which built the original portion of the hospital in 2012, is also leading work on the addition.
In an effort to combat overcrowding at the hospital, which is located on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Derry Township, the system is adding 126,000 square feet above the hospital’s existing five floors, according to previous Business Journal reports. The new space will include an 18-bed acute care facility as well as new delivery rooms, post-partum treatment rooms and a neonatal intensive care unit.
The project was awarded $2 million from the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, or RACP, according to a release from Penn State Health.
Penn State Health has been actively expanding over the past year. In December 2017, officials announced a partnership with Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health. The partnership has resulted in new board appointments and $25 million from Highmark to support cancer research at Penn State Cancer Institute, which is also located at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Penn State Health has also snapped up new practices in Central Pennsylvania and beyond, is spending $7 million to expand a practice in Middletown and plans to build a new hospital in Hampden Township, Cumberland County.
See more photos of Wednesday’s topping off ceremony and the beam signing event on Oct. 18 below: