YORK, Pa. (WHTM) - UPMC Pinnacle representatives say they're in the process of improving health care in York County by building a new hospital that will open next year.
Paul Keyes, the senior project manager, said construction on the 120 acres of land started in September. The hospital will replace Memorial Hospital in York.
The new hospital will have 102 beds, about the number of patients the current hospital can house, but officials say this will be a better experience.
"We have a more robust outpatient setting, more licensed meds, private room environments," said Paul Toburen, the senior vice president of facilities for UPMC.
Toburen said they're adding a facility comparable to a NICU, which the old facility doesn't have. They are also adding three cardiovascular centers, two more than the current hospital.
Not everyone is thrilled. Cathy Eckenrode has lived in her house across the street from the new facility since 2013.
"They're making an eyesore over there," Eckenrode said. "I'm just worried about the traffic, but they are going to put a signal light there, so that will help a lot."
On a positive note, Eckenrode said her property value will likely go up.
"There's more opportunity for people to have jobs out here," said Kayes, explaining how the new hospital will be good for the economy.
Kayes said they will bring some employees from the current hospital and add new positions.
Officials say it will be a seamless transition from the old hospital to the new one. The shell of the building will be up at the end of the year and the hospital is scheduled to open in August 2019.