West Shore retail center sells for millions

The Shoppes of Hampden, a 40,000-square-foot retail center at 3608-3760 Market St., Hampden Township, has been sold to Tenny Group Properties LLC.

BizNewsPA reported that the purchase price was $5 million, and the seller was The Shoppes of Hampden LP.

A commercial real estate listing for the strip mall, near Conodoguinet Creek, said traffic averages more than 14,400 vehicles per day in both directions of Market Street.

Tenants at the West Shore property include UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics, Fine Wine & Good Spirits (state liquor store), Elements Hairology, Elola Halal Mediterranean Grocery and 3700 Market Restaurant.

NAI CIR’s Craig Rahn and Chris Wilsbach handled the off-market transaction.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Harrisburg West Shopping Center gets new ownership, new name

Harrisburg West Shopping Center
Harrisburg West Shopping Center

Harrisburg West Shopping Center has been sold, with its new owner renaming it South Hampden Shopping Center.

Presbyterian Development LLC, based in Mechanicsburg, paid $9.1 million for the 118,514-square foot retail center at 3433 Simpson Ferry Road, Hampden Township, according to biznewsPA.

The seller was Springfield-based Sim Zim Associates LP; Bennett Williams Commercial handled the transaction.

Drew Bobincheck, president of Presbyterian Development, said the name change better reflects the location. Façade work on the shopping center will begin once the necessary permits are acquired, he said.

Bobincheck is also president of Equity Development Partners, which now manages the 11.67-acre property.

According to a listing from Bennett Williams, South Hampden Shopping Center – close to Routes 15 and 581 – is anchored by Aldi and AMC Theaters. It features a mix of national, regional and local tenants, including Big Lots.

Other traffic-generating retailers in the corridor, Bennett Williams said, are Dave & Buster’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Interiors Home.

Paula Wolf is a freelance writer

Penn State Health takes advantage of its two Cumberland County hospitals 

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on its opening day last October. PHOTO/PROVIDED

In 2019, Penn State Health announced that it had signed a letter of intent with Danville-based Geisinger Health to purchase Geisinger Holy Spirit in East Pennsboro Township. 

Purchasing the hospital provided an interesting opportunity for the Hershey-based medical system, which had announced in 2018 that it would be building its Hampden Medical Center just five miles away from Holy Spirit. 

Penn State Health opened Hampden last October. The center features 110 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices and more. The facility cost the health system over $350 million to build. 

When Hampden opened, the newly named Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center had already operated under Penn State Health for nearly a year. 

The proximity of the two medical centers has made the system adopt a “two-hospital strategy” to ensure that it is utilizing the specialties of each hospital to its fullest. 

“When the opportunity came for us to bring Holy Spirit into our family at Penn State Health, we took a pause and said let’s inventory what our plan is and parlay that into what we do well at Holy Spirit,” said Don McKenna, West Shore regional hospital president at Penn State Health. “We really wanted to take advantage of the niche that each facility brings.” 

An early example of the strategy was the moving of Holy Spirit’s labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care (NICU) services to Hampden Medical Center.  

The physicians and nurse midwives that currently delivered babies at Holy Spirit, as well as the hospital’s neonatal care team all moved to Hampden upon its opening. That shift of services opened around 20 rooms in Holy Spirit for other uses.  

A key difference between the two hospitals, and one that the system has been very intentional about, is space. 

Hampden Medical Center was built to expand its footprint and sustain 250 beds while Holy Spirit’s footprint is tight in comparison, according to McKenna. 

“We have a growth plan and it’s the patients and the physicians that will determine that,” he said. “If they choose care here and we continue to grow, we will grow the facilities.” 

While Holy Spirit has less room to grow, the hospital’s nearly 60 years of service in East Pennsboro Township has refined several its services, which Penn State Health intends to continue to support. 

Holy Spirit boasts a level 2 adult trauma center, and more and more patients are coming to the center’s trauma center, said McKenna.  

Other specialties of the center include heart surgery thanks to the Ortenzio Heart Center located on Holy Spirit’s Campus, and neurosurgery. Penn State Health has provided neurosurgeons to the center even when it was owned by Geisinger. 

Penn State Health employs over 1600 people between the two hospitals alone. Almost every physician on staff is currently working at both hospitals. 

The two-hospital strategy also proves positive for leadership, seeing as though the system can have one leader oversee both facilities, be that in finance, HR or any of the medical specialties. 

“Having these hospitals nearby is a net win,” said McKenna. “We can share HR, technology and clinical specialties and we have two emergency rooms we can access. As a patient, I can be cared for faster, by the same system and have access to the same specialists.” 

Penn State Health did not plan Hampden Medical Center with the intention that it would have another hospital in its portfolio down the street. For McKenna, that timing couldn’t have been more perfect. 

“Sometimes you create an opportunity and sometimes that opportunity presents itself,” he said.  

A key tenant of Penn State Health’s expansion in recent years has been the system’s “10, 20, 30” initiative.  

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. 

McKenna said that this strategy allows the system to have “systemness” to take advantage of not just the two nearby hospitals in Cumberland County but the entire Penn State Health system. 

“We can take care of [an infant or a premature infant] in Hampden at our NICU, or if there is a 28 week-old baby that is so tiny they have to be in a super specialized site like in Hershey, it’s all here and we can think about that continuum,” said McKenna. “Most hospitals don’t have all of that in a local area. They are spread out and don’t have that advantage we have it’s because Penn State Health built it that way.” 

Members 1st Federal Credit Union completes move to Hampden Township 

Members 1st leadership celebrates the credit union’s new headquarters in Hampden Township on April 5th. PHOTO/PROVIDED

Members 1st Federal Credit Union opened its new 185,000-square-foot headquarters in Hampden Township on Tuesday. 

The new move marks a change in location for the Cumberland County-based credit union, which previously resided in the Mechanicsburg headquarters it built in 1997. 

In Mechanicsburg, Members 1st employees were spread out across four separate buildings in the city’s Rossmoyne Business Center.  

As part of the move, the company has sold two of the four buildings and plans to sell the remaining two. The new headquarters allows the company to house its 500 administrative associates in one facility, said George Nahodil, president and CEO of Members 1st. 

“Several years ago, we began making plans for a new headquarters to improve efficiencies,” said Nahodil. “I am so thankful for and proud of our associates who stepped up and brought this vision to life, all while continuing to deliver unparalleled experiences to our member-owners.” 

The new Hampden Township headquarters features a focus on natural light with 73,000 square feet of glass throughout the interior. The building also features a community room, collaborative workspace, an associate café, a walking trail nearby and an associate fitness center. 

Alpha Consulting Engineers of York County completed the civil site design, East Lampeter Township’s Greenfield Architects oversaw the building’s design and Mowery Construction in Silver Spring Township served as the credit union’s construction partner.  

“All of us at Mowery were thrilled to have worked with Members 1st Federal Credit Union as the construction manager on this amazing project,” said David Cross, owner and CEO of Mowery. “The building is not only a testament to a world-class organization but also a living example of how to conduct business. I attribute much of the success of this project to the cultural alignment that exists between our two organizations and the entire project team.” 

Members 1st has more than half a million members and over $6 billion in assets. The company was founded in 1950. 

Hampden Medical Center opens 


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. 

Penn State Health to move Holy Spirit Medical Center labor and delivery to new hospital

Geisinger Holy Spirit. PHOTO/SUBMITTED

Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center’s labor and delivery and neonatal intensive care (NICU) services are moving from the East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County, hospital to Penn State Health’s new Hampden Medical Center later this year.

The Hershey-based health system announced that Holy Spirit’s physicians and nurse midwives who currently deliver babies at the hospital, as well as its neonatal care team, will go to the new hospital when it opens Oct. 1.

The $200 million hospital includes a women’s services unit that includes labor and delivery, antepartum and postpartum rooms, a well-baby nursery and NICU beds.

Holy Spirit will continue to provide gynecologic and breast-care surgery as well as other women’s services and will focus on its remaining services such as level 2 trauma, heart, stroke and neurological care and behavioral health.

The split in care falls in line with the health system’s two-hospital strategy to provide care on the West Shore, according to Don McKenna, regional president at Penn State Health.

“The relocation of labor and delivery and NICU services is part of 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 McKenna. “It will allow us to enhance patient care and improve operational efficiency and services in the region.”

Penn State Health acquired Holy Spirit from Montour County-based Geisinger late last year. The transition of services was approved by the Sisters of Christian Charity, a covenant of nuns that sponsor the hospital.

“We know the patients will continue to be treated with respect, integrity, compassion and excellence,” said Sister Mary Joseph Albright, president of the Sisters of Christian Charity. “It is our hope that the same spirit of caring and level of service that our patients have come to expect will continue. Hampden Medical Center and our patients will benefit from the strong foundation that we have built at Holy Spirit Medical Center.”

Proposed medical office to capitalize on Cumberland County health care growth

A 40,000-square-foot medical office building is planned for Cumberland Tech Park in Hampden Township by 2021. PHOTO/ PROVIDED

The developer of a Cumberland County technology park that is home to one hospital and adjacent to another, plans to build a medical office nearby to capitalize on the area’s growing health care industry.

Boca Raton, Florida-based Elysian Partners, will build a 2-story, 40,000-square-foot medical office near UPMC Pinnacle West Shore and Penn State Health’s incoming Hampden Medical Center. The two hospitals are both in the midst of major construction projects.

Penn State Health broke ground on the Hampden Medical Center this year and plans to open the 108-bed hospital in 2021. UPMC Pinnacle is currently expanding its 102-bed West Shore hospital with additional floors and 58 new beds, to be completed by fall of next year.

Elysian Partners is the developer of Cumberland Tech Park in Hampden Township, which houses UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, as well as the Patriot-News Company, The Crossings at West Shore and more.

Hampden Medical Center is being build adjacent to the park.

Recognizing the growth the two hospitals are experiencing, Kevin Brown, a partner with Elysian, said the developer saw an opportunity to provide office space for other medical care providers interested in the township.

“When you have two hospitals approximate to your property, there will be demand for other medical uses and that is what we are responding to,” he said.

Elysian expects to finish the project by 2021. When completed, the new office building will be 2-stories tall with 20,000 square feet of space on each floor.

The building could hold as many as eight different practices depending on the space needed by the buyer or lessee, said Brown.