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Before Penn State Health’s new $300M Hampden Medical Center even opens, officials are planning for its expansion

Penn State Health’s rapid expansion on the West Shore will continue.



a man wearing a suit and sunglasses standing outside of a building: Todd Lord, Senior Vice President Community Hospital Development for Penn State Health as construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Todd Lord, Senior Vice President Community Hospital Development for Penn State Health as construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

Thursday night, the health system got the ball rolling on the expansion of the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center before the 300,000-square-foot, three-story hospital, even opens.



a boat sitting on top of a building: Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

The Hampden Township Planning Commission recommended plans on Thursday night for the preliminary land development plan for the second phase for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, which is being built in the Wentworth Corporate Center at the intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville roads

The health system is seeking approval for a new medical office building and parking garage. The 94,050-square-foot three story medical office building is to be located adjacent to the north side of the hospital building. Construction of the medical office building and the 114,400-square-foot, four level parking garage could begin as early as this fall. The building and the garage are expected to completed next year. That part of the Phase 2 will be Phase 2A.

And Penn State Health is also preparing for expansions that could take place years down the road that would more than double the amount of beds that it will have when it first opens. The health system is seeking approval for three potential hospital additions in the second part of Phase 2 what will be Phase 2B -a four-story, 45,634-square-foot building that would have 24 beds; a three-story, 57,381-square-foot building and a six-story 117,864-square-foot building that would have 120 beds. The expansion is expected to be completed by or before 2030.



a truck is parked in front of a building: Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

Parking lots will also be required to built around the new medical office building, the parking garage and the future expansions.



a boat sitting on top of a building: Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

The Hampden Medical Center is on track to open to patients later this year. The new $200-million facility will include 108 inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services and medical and surgical capabilities.

Penn State Health said once the hospital is operational, the hospital will initially employ 650 people, with a planned increase over the first three years to about 1,000 employees. It will eventually expects to employ around 1,200 people. It also said it is employing about 1,000 people during construction. Officials broke ground at the site on March 29, 2019.

In 2017, when Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Highmark announced a partnership, Penn State Hershey said at the time it would spend $1 billion to expand and improve its facilities, with the backing of Highmark.

And one focus for the health system is Cumberland County.

In October, the health system took over operations of Holy Spirit Health System, which includes around 2,600 employees and its hospital in East Pennsboro Township. As part of that deal it also acquired 11 stations of West Shore Advanced Life Support Services, which included six stations in Cumberland County.

And Penn State Health plans to build a new health practice on the Highmark corporate campus on Center Street in East Pennsboro Township as well as a new 10,000-square-foot primary care facility in Upper Allen Township on Route 114/Market Street near the Route 15 interchange, just south of Mechanicsburg.



a man wearing a suit and sunglasses standing outside of a building: Don McKenna, President of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Don McKenna, President of Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

The area where the new Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center is planned has expanded greatly over the last several years. Large facilities like UPMC Pinnacle West Shore, the Ortenzio Cancer Center, and the Giant and Weis grocery stores have been built over the last several years. And with the larger facilities have come a lot of smaller businesses like Burger King, BB&T, Supercuts and Taco Bell. Members 1st Federal Credit Union is also building a new 172,000-square-foot headquarters in the same shopping complex as Giant Food.



a group of parked cars in a parking lot: Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug


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Construction continues on the Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center on Aug

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