PENNSYLVANIA, USA — A new hospital is set to open in Cumberland County as other hospitals statewide continue to feel pressure from the rising COVID-19 hospitalizations and reports of packed emergency rooms.
The Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center opens its doors to patients on Oct. 1 with 110 private inpatient beds, an emergency department, imaging and lab services, specialty services, and women’s health services as well as labor and delivery that will open later in the year.
Take a virtual tour of the new hospital here.
"We've really focused on hiring over the past couple weeks," Natalie Speece of Penn State Health said. "We're on track to hire about 300 employees for opening this week and over the next three years we're anticipating having around 900 employees."
Check the latest COVID-19 hospitalizations below:
On Sept. 27, the Pa. Dept. of Health reported the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continued to rise. As of Monday, 2,691 individuals were hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide with 660 in intensive care.
The department also reported that between Sept. 25 and Sept. 27, there were 12,223 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,415,049.