Seizing the Opportunity to Improve Quality of Services for the Community
The new 108-bed Penn State Health (PSH) Hampden Medical Center will bring the PSH brand and quality of care to its first Greenfield community hospital operating remotely from the main campus of the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The architecture is inspired by the rolling hills carved by the Susquehanna river basin; using transparency, reflectivity, and rhythm of façade patterns to recall the beauty and physics of river geographies. The building will present a welcoming presence and clear wayfinding.
The project aspires to have a high level of care and technology that PSH is known for combined with the convenience and neighborhood engagement of a community hospital. The team implemented multiple strategies to achieve these goals with a focus on flexibility — the project implemented CannonDesign’s Universal Grid to provide maximum adaptability to accommodate new and evolving care models for the future. The acute care (and women’s health) inpatient units have been designed based on a standard model of care for all acute care units. The Intermediate (IMC) and Intensive Care (ICU) inpatient units are designed with acuity adaptability to accommodate varying patient care needs. The IMC will be designed to flex to accommodate ICU patients as well as medical/surgical patients, and will be capable of altering to accommodate IMC patients. Additionally, the Hampden Medical Center inpatient platform will integrate eICU technology. This will assist PSHMC in monitoring critical inpatients — specifically the ICU and IMC patients — remotely.