October 1, 2021

Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Penn State Health celebrated the grand opening of Hampden Medical Center outside of Harrisburg, Penn., the system’s first new, community hospital expansion located outside of its main Hershey campus.

The 300,000-sf, 108-bed facility will bring Penn State Health’s signature world class, advanced medical care to the greater Harrisburg area. Its services include an emergency department, complex surgical capabilities, full service labor and delivery, specialty inpatient services, imaging and lab services and more.

The hospital is set alongside the Susquehanna River and a ridge portion of the Appalachian Trail, providing stunning views of the rolling hillsides. The exterior design is inspired by the many ways water flows through the hillsides of Pennsylvania.

“When a river encounters a hill or carves its own path, it’s called a meander. The form of the Hampden medical center, with its curves and tapering edges, echo how the rivers are shaped by the landscape,” explained Troy Hoggard, design lead for the project. “It is also a symbol of how this building will shape its community for decades.”

The glass façade also reflects the hills of the Appalachian Trail and uses vertical fins that catch sunlight to ‘show’ the bends and slowing pace of the building flow.

Photo by Halkin Mason Photography

The surrounding rivers, mountains and meadows are also inspiration for the interior design. A natural color palette, with a balance of warm and cool colors, is used throughout. The flow of the nearby river inspires the curvilinear, wood ceiling in the lobby and waiting areas that provide respite for patients and visitors. Light fixtures and furniture also have flowing curves and bends. Artwork throughout the building was selected by an intentionally diverse, 14-member community group who researched artwork that would resonate with patients, visitors and staff alike and carefully chose each of the 400 pieces throughout the hospital. The group was made up of people who are engaged in the education, business, faith, medicine and public service sectors to provide a spectrum of local representation.

“We really considered the entire patient journey when conceptualizing the interiors,” said Margi Kaminski, our senior interior designer for the project. “Each floor has a color palette reflective of the themes of river, mountain and meadow that help with overall way finding. The interior design also capitalized on a glass curtain wall that reveals the stunning outdoor landscape that surrounds the facility and unites it with the neighboring community.”

Photo by Halkin Mason Photography

The new facility echoes the design of the Penn State Health brand and flagship Hershey campus. The main hospital in Hershey also has a concrete curving exterior, as well as pavilions that use arcs and curving geometry, which added to the inspiration for Hampden.

The Hampden medical center will serve as both an advanced medical facility and community hospital. It is easily accessible to the local and surrounding communities via regional highway 81. A collaborative medical staff workforce will be used, with partnerships between Penn State Health physicians as well as private local community clinicians.

The project is part of a long-term system goal of ensuring everyone in the communities it serves is within a 10-minute drive of a Penn State Health primary care provider, 20 minutes of specialty services, and 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care hospital.

“The PSH Hamden Medical Center brings together Penn State Health’s world-class health care in an inspiring design based on innovation and flexibility for the future of patient care in a community-based setting,”  said Scott Thomas, Principal in Charge and planner for the project.

CannonDesign partnered with Barton Malow and Alexander Construction on this integrated project delivery, using at least 50 percent local labor.

Photo by Halkin Mason Photography