Seizing the opportunity to improve the quality of healthcare for a growing community

Penn State Health, Hampden Medical Center, Enola, PA

The new 108-bed Penn State Health (PSH) Hampden Medical Center will be PSH’s 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 project will exude a high level of care and the technology that PSH is known for combined with the convenience and neighborhood engagement of a community hospital. Our 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.