Construction underway on new Penn State Health practice site in Lancaster County

Noll Drive building to provide access to primary and specialty care services

Lancaster County residents will have greater access to Penn State Health services and providers when a new primary and specialty care center opens along Noll Drive just northwest of Lancaster city by early 2019.

Contractors recently broke ground on the new Penn State Health site at Noll Drive and Rohrerstown Road (Rt. 741) in East Hempfield Twp. The two-story, 76,000-square-foot medical office building is located at Lime Spring Square, a multi-phase, mixed-use property under development by Oaktree Development Group. The project team includes Mula Architects, land planning by RGS Associates and Wohlsen Construction.

The new facility will provide Lancaster-area residents a convenient, single location to access Penn State Health outpatient services: The building will have practice space for up to 45 community-based primary care practitioners and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center specialists, as well as lab, imaging and therapy services.

Construction at the site comes shortly after Physicians’ Alliance Ltd. (PAL), Lancaster County’s largest independent physician practice group, became part of Penn State Health.

On Oct. 1, approximately 100 PAL physicians and advanced practice clinicians from 12 outpatient practices across Lancaster, Dauphin and York counties joined Penn State Health.
The group, which includes family medicine providers as well as oncology, pediatrics and general internal medicine, has a reputation for delivering high-quality, patient-centered care for nearly 100,000 adults and children.

“These providers and this new, innovative outpatient practice on Noll Drive will play a fundamental role in helping achieve Penn State Health’s long-term goal of ensuring that patients across central Pennsylvania are within 10 minutes of our primary care providers and 20 minutes of a specialty care provider,” said Dr. A. Craig Hillemeier, dean of Penn State College of Medicine, CEO of Penn State Health and senior vice president for health affairs for Penn State.  “Whether patients need a family physician for routine care or a specialist to address a more complex health concern, we want them to be able to do it close to home, where it’s convenient for them and their families.”

The building is expected to feature the same innovative design elements and processes intended to streamline the patient experience found at the newest Penn State Health practice site in Mechanicsburg, located near the intersection of Rt. 114 and I-81 in Silver Spring Township.

The Mechanicsburg practice is equipped with a real-time location system – technology that uses ceiling sensors, personal badges and mapping software to manage the location of providers, staff and patients throughout the practice. The system is aimed at improving staff efficiency, resulting in reduced wait time for patients.

The building’s innovative design allows the patient’s entire visit – from check-in to check-out – to occur in the same room, providing smoother transitions and greater privacy than in a traditional practice setting.

Construction of the new Lancaster facility is slated for completion by fall 2018 and will be open for patient care in early 2019.

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October 30, 2017 Penn State Health News

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