WellSpan cardiovascular center breaks ground

Ioannis Pashakis//June 17, 2019

WellSpan cardiovascular center breaks ground

Ioannis Pashakis//June 17, 2019

An architectural rendering of WellSpan Health’s WellSpan Heart & Vascular Outpatient Center expected to open in 2020. (Photo: Submitted)

WellSpan Health broke ground Thursday on a cardiovascular health facility set to open next year in York Township.

The York Township-based health system estimates that it will spend approximately $33 million on the WellSpan Heart & Vascular Center, which is designed to consolidate the system’s many heart-related services.

The two-story, 60,520 square-foot facility also is designed to spur collaboration among WellSpan Health providers in a space completely focused on heart and vascular health, according to Ryan Coyle, senior media relations specialist for WellSpan.

The facility will include cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiovascular surgery, a heart failure clinic, cardiac rehabilitation and a non-invasive heart surgery center.

“The WellSpan Heart & Vascular Center is an example of WellSpan’s focus to become easier to use and create greater access to specialty care, closer to home,” said Dr. Roxanna Gapstur president and CEO of WellSpan Health.

To staff the new center, the system will rely on staff and providers from WellSpan Health’s four cardiovascular service locations at the nearby Apple Hill Medical Center.

Services at Apple Hill Medical will continue. But providers and other staff will split their time between Apple Hill and the new facility, which is nearby at the intersection of Grantley Road and South George Street.

However, WellSpan York Hospital Preventative Cardiology on Banister Street in York will be closing when WellSpan Heart & Vascular Center opens next fall. The practice’s staff will move to the new facility.

Along with health care services, the new facility will have an expanded cardiac rehabilitation gym with a rooftop garden and rooftop exercise track. The facility is also expected to have a café on its first floor and a demonstration kitchen to help patients and families learn how to prepare heart-healthy meals.