Penn State Health celebrated a milestone in the construction of its Hampden Medical Center on No. 8 with the topping out of the greenfield hospital in Enola, PA.
The topping-out ceremony is the point during construction at which a building has reached its final height. Key leaders from Penn State Health, along with members of the design and construction team, as well as the community were all on site to celebrate this milestone.
The 300,000 gsf community hospital will include 108 inpatient beds composed of 24 critical care beds, 12 intermediate care beds, 48 acute medical/surgical beds and 24 women’s services beds, along with an emergency department, surgical services, imaging, non-invasive cardiology and support services that will serve surrounding counties near Harrisburg, PA.
This three-story acute care hospital will give patients access to comprehensive community care and specialty services without the need to drive to Penn State Health’s flagship medical center in Hershey. This hospital is also employing an “open staff” model, where any local doctors can obtain privileges to admit and care for patients in the Hampden facility. The goal is to bring the right care in the right place at the right time.
This project incorporates innovative methods that the design team has leveraged to enhance and expedite the design and build process. By using room standards, modular construction and a universal grid helped accelerate the design-build process and allowed construction to get underway quickly so patients can start using the facility as soon as possible.
The project, in partnership with Barton Malow Alexander, is expected to be completed in summer 2021.