The long-anticipated UPMC Pinnacle Memorial project is starting to take a more definitive shape.
Hundreds gathered Thursday afternoon on Loucks Road in West Manchester Township to watch as the final steel beam of the new hospital’s frame was lifted into place on the fifth floor.
According to the project’s supervisor, David L. Myers of of Harrisburg-based Quandel Construction, there’s more to celebrate.
“We’re 11 days ahead of schedule,” he said. “Things are looking good.”
During a ceremony to mark the beam’s placement, UPMC Pinnacle President and CEO Philip Guarneschelli said the hospital, which is anticipated to be complete in August 2019, will be the first in the region to showcase the full range of benefits of the UPMC network.
“York will have a state-of-the-art hospital and health campus right here in their own backyard,” he said.
The future hospital sits on the site of the former Hawk Lake Golf Course.
Michael Gaskins, president of UPMC Pinnacle Southern Region, highlighted some of the features of the new campus, including a medical office building next to the hospital with ambulatory surgery, a women’s imaging suite, a sleep lab, infusion center, and cardiac rehab; and a walking trail surrounding the building that will be open to the community.
The new five-story hospital will have 130 beds all in private rooms. As previously reported, the existing Memorial building, located in Spring Garden Township, has 100 beds. Gaskins said there are approximately 600 members on staff at the existing Memorial building. Though officials anticipate that the new hospital will create more jobs, they could not comment yet on how many would be needed.
UPMC Pinnacle Memorial will also feature acute and emergency medical care, cardiology and vascular services, chronic disease management, and surgical services.
The obstetrics unit will include single-room labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum suites for a more family-centered birth experience.
“As an obstetrician, I am looking forward to the addition of a Level II Specialty Care Unit that will complement our labor and delivery services,” said Mark Amalfitano, president of the medical staff at UPMC Pinnacle Memorial. “The hospital’s innovative design and advanced technology will expand the capabilities for all our providers to care for patients at an unprecedented level.”
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