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UPMC Pinnacle launches fundraising for $57M Harrisburg project

Brad Hollinger (center) was recognized at the Pinnacle Health Foundation gala Saturday for his $4 million contribution to the UPMC Pinnacle women and babies center that will be named in his honor. - (Photo / Submitted)

UPMC Pinnacle is undertaking a fundraising campaign for a $57 million women and babies center under construction since last year in Harrisburg.

The health system said that maternity services at its Harrisburg hospital are in need of significant upgrades and expansion.

The $57 million project now underway involves adding new floors to and renovating existing space in the seven-story Alex Grass Medical Science Building at Second and Chestnut streets. Work is expected to wrap up in 2019.

The renovations are remaking the hospital’s existing labor and delivery services on the eighth floor of the main hospital in phases.

The new eighth floor in the Grass building will house a maternity/postpartum unit with enhanced technology and additional space for family members.  Maternity services will move to the eighth floor of the Grass building from the ninth floor of the main hospital when it opens in December, said UPMC spokesperson Kelly McCall. 

The ninth floor in the Grass building will house a new 42-private-bed neonatal intensive care Unit or NICU. The NICU is currently on the eighth floor of the hospital and will relocate to the ninth floor of the Grass building in late spring 2019, according to McCall. 

Other additions include:

  • A dedicated elevator bank located at the main hospital entrance that will travel directly to an eighth-floor welcome center
  • Enhancements to existing labor and delivery with eight new OB/intake exam rooms all on the eighth floor of the main hospital
  • A new operating room  adjacent to the existing and renovated operating rooms on the eighth floor eighth floor of the hospital 
  • Dedicated space for lactation services

The addition to the Grass Buildingis being named “Hollinger Tower” in honor of Brad Hollinger. Hollinger is the founder and CEO of Lower Allen Township-based Vibra Healthcare LLC which operates specialty acute care hospitals and inpatient medical rehabilitation hospitals in 18 states.

Hollinger’s $4 million donation to women and babies is the single largest contribution from an individual or family in UPMC Pinnacle‘s history, the hospital said in a press release.

“My family has a long history with Harrisburg Hospital. My mother was born here and was a nurse at Harrisburg Hospital. My children and grandchildren were born here as well, so to see the family name on something of this significance is quite humbling,” Hollinger said in a statement.

“By increasing capacity of maternity services and creating private rooms in our NICU, we will be better equipped to care for more babies with improved security and expanded space for parents and caregivers,” Philip Guarneschelli, president and CEO of UPMC Pinnacle, said in a statement.

The new women and babies center is being built with noise-reducing materials. Building partners include Lower Allen Township engineering consultant Stantec Consulting Services Inc. and Reynolds Enterprises Inc., a Harrisburg commercial contractor.

“Babies and families receive top notch care at UPMC Pinnacle, and now our facilities will match the level of care provided,” Dr. Ken Oken, chair of obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Pinnacle, said in a statement. “By creating a larger, private-room NICU, we improve privacy, safety, and overall patient and family comfort.”


Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at [email protected].

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