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The Hampden Township Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved Penn State Health’s land development plan for an acute care hospital along Werztville Road.

The commissioners’ approval is contingent upon Penn State Health meeting several local and state requirements with regard to traffic and stormwater management, according to a news release from Penn State Health.

The planned Hampden Medical Center will sit on 44 acres in the Wentworth Corporate Center along Wertzville Road near Interstate 81. It will have 108 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, specialty inpatient services, and imaging and lab services.

The plans for the new hospital next go to the Penn State Health Board of Directors and Penn State Board of Trustees for review during regularly scheduled meetings in February.

Once all approvals are in hand, Penn State Health anticipates breaking ground on the project this spring. The new Hampden Medical Center could be completed in summer 2021.

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