Penn State Health breaks ground on $200 million hospital

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Penn State Health started construction on its third adult acute care hospital in Cumberland County.

The 300,000-sq.-ft., three-story, called Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center, is in the Wentworth Corporate Center at the intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville roads.

The new $200 million facility will feature 108 inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, image and lab services, 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. Hampden Medical Center will include an attached outpatient medical office building.

The project will bring hundreds of well-paying jobs to the area, both during construction and for hospital operations.

The construction process is expected to bring about 600 jobs; and once operational, the hospital will initially employ 650 people, with a planned increase over the first three years to about 1,000 employees.

The Hampden Medical Center is expected to open in summer 2021. Cannon Design and Barton Malow Alexander are partnering with Penn State Health on the project.

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