HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center opened its doors to the public at 10 a.m. on Oct. 1.

The medical center is located in Hampden Township, Cumberland County at the intersection of Good Hope and Wertzville roads.

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The 300,000-square-foot hospital includes 110 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, imaging and lab services, various specialty inpatient services, women’s health, labor and delivery (opening later this year), and complete medical and surgical capabilities.

The new medical center comes as healthcare workers continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is the fastest-growing area in all of Pennsylvania, and allowing us to open this brand new hospital at this crucial time, in the midst of a pandemic, having additional beds and having access to the emergency room or critical care beds or operating rooms has been essential in caring for our community,” Don McKenna, Regional President at Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center, said.

The hospital has hired 300 workers and hopes to have up to 950 employees in the next three years.

Care at Hampden Medical Center will be provided by Penn State Health faculty physicians, Penn State Health community practice providers, and independent community providers.

“I will tell you we will be very well positioned to offset some of that excess capacity issues existing at other hospitals,” McKenna said.

Work on the $300 million acute care facility began on March 29, 2019.