Penn State Health will open a $375 million medical center in Lancaster on October 3 near Landisville | Local News

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The first patients served at Lancaster County’s brand new, 132-bed, $375 million hospital will be seen Oct. 3, according to Penn State Health.

Until now, the opening of Penn State Health Lancaster Medical Center in East Hempfield Township had only been described as this fall. Work on the structure was completed about a month ago.

Now workers are installing furniture and equipment, setting up and testing sophisticated diagnostic machines, and preparing a wide range of rooms for the examinations, surgeries, consultations and births that will take place in the six-story hospital. and 341,000 square feet at State Road and Harrisburg Pike just east of Landisville.

At the same time, the more than 400 employees who will work at the hospital from opening day are oriented to the facility and planned workflow, trained in the culture and practice of Penn State Health, and perform dress rehearsals for a wide variety of scenarios. like what to do in a medical emergency in the parking lot or how to handle a baby delivered outside the main entrance.

“It’s so much more than orientation; is learning the building,” said Clair Mooney, the hospital’s chief operating officer who led LNP | LancasterOnline during a tour of the building last week.

Mooney is responsible for assembling and training hospital staff, which she says will grow to around 1,000 people as services are expanded after the hospital is commissioned. “At the end of the day, it’s going to be the people who make the process work,” she said.

Mooney said the commitment to having staff members who are focused on patient care complements the physical design of the hospital, which prioritizes ease and convenience for visitors. These include small touches such as QR codes on wayfinding signs to help orient visitors and waiting areas that include places to work on a laptop.

“It’s meeting people where they are with a lot of design,” Mooney said.

Joe Frank, president of Penn State Health’s eastern region, said the new Lancaster Medical Center is intended to complement, but not replace, Hershey Medical Center, relieving some of the strain on that hospital while providing a convenient location for a growing – and aging – population of Lancaster County.

“It correctly sizes the system in a very smart and efficient way,” Frank said. “It gives (at Hershey Medical Center) more capacity for critically ill people when we’re able to be more profitable here by running this Hershey standard, but doing it in this type of environment.”

Grow from day one

The new Lancaster Medical Center is the centerpiece of Penn State Health’s ambitious strategy to carve out a larger share of the Lancaster County healthcare market, long dominated by Penn State Lancaster General Health, the largest employer County.

Penn State Health got its start here in 2017 when it purchased the county’s largest independent physician group, Physicians’ Alliance Ltd., then in 2019 it opened the Lime Spring Outpatient Center off Rohrerstown Road. Last June, the health system opened the Penn State Health Children’s Pediatric Center in a former Toys ‘R Us at Harrisburg Pike and Route 30.

At Lancaster Medical Center, Penn State Health is spending $375 million to develop a new hospital that will provide primary, specialty and acute care, including advanced care and clinical trials offered at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the academic center of the health system.

Inpatient services will include cardiac catheterization, cardiac surgery, general surgery, and labor and delivery. There will also be an emergency department as well as imaging and outpatient services offered in doctors’ offices in an adjoining medical building. A helipad atop the six-story building will be a new landing point for helicopters operated by Life Lion, the critical care unit of Penn State Health.

When it opens in October, Lancaster Medical Center will have emergency departments and general hospital departments fully staffed and operational, but will not open with the full range of services that will eventually be offered, such as heart surgery .

“We’re not going to do it the whole first day because you really can’t,” Frank said. “Making something like this happen is a huge project, so we’re on this big road to get there.”

Frank said he expects the full suite of services to be available within a year of opening, but stressed that the focus will be on rolling out items when they are ready and when the staff will be fully trained.

“Good doctors are a given, that’s what we do at Hershey. We are a medical school and we produce super talented people,” Frank said. “But what drives us is to make it a nursing-centric culture here. It is a hospital run by nurses for nurses. If we are successful…that will be one of the differentiators for us.

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