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Penn State Health presents sketch plan for new hospital to Hampden Township Planning Commission

Plans for a new Penn State Health acute care hospital in Cumberland County reached another milestone this evening, when engineers presented a conceptual sketch plan for Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center to the Hampden Township Planning Commission. Penn State Health is seeking input from homeowners near the planned hospital, as well as the broader community, to take feedback into consideration before submitting a formal land development plan to the township.

A aerial sketch of a proposed new hospital in Cumberland County, including a building, parking lot, and helipad.

The new hospital is planned for 44 acres in the Wentworth Corporate Center along Wertzville Road near Interstate 81, at the heart of one of the fastest growing counties in Pennsylvania. Building an acute care hospital in Hampden Township will give residents of Cumberland County, Perry County and the broader Harrisburg region access to the high-quality, comprehensive health services of Penn State Health without the drive to Hershey.

Hampden Medical Center will feature 110 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, imaging and lab services and complete medical and surgical capabilities.

The hospital will create hundreds of jobs, both during construction and once it is operational. It will feature an open medical staff, with a plan to develop collaborative programs between Penn State Health faculty physicians and private community providers.

Penn State Health has commissioned a traffic study to determine what effect the hospital might have on commuters on the surrounding roads.

The organization expects to submit a formal land development plan to Hampden Township in October, which is then expected to be on the agendas of both the Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners meetings in the months following.

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