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It’s a wrap: Hampden Medical Center construction completed

Major construction is officially completed on the new Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center in Hampden Township. Staff are now preparing the 300,000-square-foot, 110-bed facility for its October 2021 opening.

Work on the $300-million acute care facility began on March 29, 2019, and bolstered the local economy, bringing hundreds of well-paying jobs to the area. Cannon Design and Barton Malow Alexander partnered with Penn State Health on the project and sourced many key services and materials from local businesses.

Teams of local contractors worked tirelessly throughout the past year to finish the building, missing only one day during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few weeks ago, the signature Nittany Lion statue was rolled into place, putting the official Penn State Health stamp on the newest member of the family. The medical center is scheduled to open its doors to patients in October.

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Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center

The 300,000-square-foot, three-story facility includes 110 inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services, labor and delivery and complete medical and surgical capabilities. It will feature an open medical staff, with a plan to develop collaborative programs between Penn State Health physicians and private community providers

Now that the health system has taken possession of the completed building, Hampden Medical Center teams will spend the summer getting ready to welcome first patients. Teams are also working on various opportunities to visit the site for events and tours leading up to the opening. Plans will be communicated when in place so that all of the Penn State Health family can celebrate this incredible accomplishment.

Hiring is in full force, and referral bonuses are available. See the Hampden Medical Center careers website for opportunities.

When it opens, the hospital will initially employ 400, with a planned increase over the first three years to about 950 employees. Located at the intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville roads, Hampden Medical Center will give residents of Cumberland and Perry counties , as well as the broader Capital Region, another option to the high quality acute hospital services of Penn State Health, complementing Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center.

The completion marks another step in the Penn State Health and Highmark long-term goal of ensuring that everyone in the communities it serves is within 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider, 20 minutes of its specialty care services and 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care hospital.

“We will be able to bring a fresh perspective on health care and how we deliver it at a community hospital as part of Penn State Health,” said Don McKenna, regional president, Hampden Medical Center and Holy Spirit Medical Center. “It’s a huge win for patients to have Holy Spirit and Hampden collaborating on how care is provided on the West Shore, with the level of skill expected from Penn State Health.”

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