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New Lime Spring Outpatient Center brings specialty services together under one roof

For Lancaster County residents who often travel miles for the specialty care available at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, there’s good news: the drive is soon over.

Penn State Health Medical Group – Lime Spring Outpatient Center, a 76,000-square-foot outpatient facility being built by Penn State Health, will bring specialty care, primary care and a wide range of additional health care services under one roof when it opens in January 2019.

“Our goal is to bring our medical services to the community, not make the community come to us,” said Dr. Bill Bird, Penn State Health Community Medical Group senior vice president.

That’s also good news for Lancaster area health care providers who will be able to refer patients to the new center. Located at 2221 Noll Drive, East Hempfield Township, the new site consolidates five existing Penn State Health Medical Group practices into one location and brings a number of Penn State Health specialists to Lancaster County.

Penn State Health broke ground on the new outpatient center in September 2017. Three months later, the health system announced a partnership with Highmark Health to facilitate the creation of a community care network in central Pennsylvania.

Penn State Children’s Hospital – Lancaster Outpatient will move from its current location on Noll Drive and be joined by Penn State Health Medical Group –  Lancaster Hematology Oncology, which provides chemotherapy and other infusion treatment to cancer patients. Three primary care practices, Penn State Health Medical Group – Red Rose Pediatrics, Penn State Health Medical Group – Oyster Point and Penn State Health Medical Group – General Internal Medicine, will also move to the new facility.

The first floor of the Lime Spring Outpatient Center will include Lancaster Hematology Oncology, while the second floor will offer primary care services such as family medicine, internal medicine and general pediatrics. After-hours care and a walk-in lab will also be available.

In addition, the center will feature a large complement of new specialty services – orthopaedics and sports medicine, cardiology, dermatology, urology, ENT, general surgery, breast care, optometry, audiology, physical therapy, imaging and cardiac testing.

The Lime Spring facility is centrally located to link specialty services to Penn State Health’s primary care practices throughout the region, said Kent Eckerd, Penn State Health director of ambulatory development.

Read the full article in the Fall 2018 issue of Lancaster Physician magazine.

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