A nearly $25 million makeover will expand the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The seventh floor of the Hospital South Addition at the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Derry Township will receive the makeover. The floor is currently home to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Continuing Care Nursery and Pediatrics Progressive Care. Those three departments will be vacated when the Children’s Hospital Expansion project is completed in the fall.
The renovation is planned to convert the vacated seventh floor space into a 24-bed floor for the Medical Intensive Care Unit, currently a 16-bed unit on the hospital’s sixth floor. The project will also include nurse and physician workspace, anesthesia space, and storage space.
The appropriate infrastructure will also be constructed to provide the ability to support future surges of special pathogen patients, such as those with COVID-19 infections, Penn State Health said in a press release.
The design for the renovation is currently being finalized by FLAD Architects of Madison, Wisconsin. Construction is scheduled to start this fall and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
The Penn State University board of trustees approved the expansion last month.
Penn State Health is working on a number of projects.
Penn State Health is currently building a new hospital on Good Hope Road in Hampden Township and has also announced plans to acquire the Holy Spirit Hospital in East Pennsboro Township from Geisinger. Penn State Health is also building a new acute care hospital near state Route 283 in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County.
In the past year, Penn State Health has also announced it will lease 20,000 square feet of space at 1150 Cocoa Ave. in Derry Township to add internal medicine, endocrinology and nephrology services to the complex, which is already home to a Penn state Health primary care practice. A new primary care location is also planned for Route 114/Market Street near the Route 15 interchange, just south of Mechanicsburg in Upper Allen Township. Penn State Health is also building a new health practice on the Highmark corporate campus on Center Street in East Pennsboro Township. And Penn State Health is also building a new primary care location in Blue Ridge Village near the intersection of Linglestown and Crums Mill roads in Lower Paxton Township.
Penn State Health also purchased a property in Derry Township last year on Crystal Drive for $28 million from the Hershey Company to serve as its headquarters.
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