Penn State Health plans new hospital near Lancaster

Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Penn State Health has announced plans to build a new hospital in Lancaster County.

The acute care facility is planned on a 30-acre site near the intersection of State Road and Harrisburg Pike in East Hempfield Township. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

Penn State Health said the new hospital will feature all private inpatient beds, an emergency department, physician offices, various specialty inpatient services, an imaging lab, and complete medical and surgical capabilities.

“We are committed to building a regional health network across central Pennsylvania that gives our patients a full range of care right in their neighborhoods,” Penn State Health CEO Steve Massini said in a statement.

“This new acute care facility is another step toward delivering on our promise to ensure the communities we serve are within 10 minutes of our primary care providers, 20 minutes of our specialty care and 30 minutes of our acute care.”

The area where Penn State Health is looking to build the new hospital has been a hotbed of recent development. Earlier this year, Kellogg’s announced plans for a $40-million distribution center on State Road, which would be just feet away from the proposed hospital location.

“It all kind of works together,” township manager Cindy Schwitzer said. “The people at Harrisburg Pike and State Road are going to widen State Road itself, so it’s going to match what the interchange is doing.”

Penn State Health still needs to provide finalized plans to East Hempfield and get the township’s final approval before construction can begin.

Schwitzer said she doesn’t believe residents would notice much more traffic if Penn State Health gets the green light to proceed.

“It is right there at the interchange,” she said. “Conceivably, people will go on and off the interchange.”

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