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Wellspan York Hospital announces major expansion project

The 250,000-square-foot project will expand the building, bring more beds to York Hospital
Credit: Wellspan York Hospital

YORK, Pa. — Wellspan York Hospital will soon look a bit different and a whole lot larger thanks to a $225 million dollar investment that will make it one of the top 10 largest hospitals in Pennsylvania.

The project calls for an eight-story surgical and critical care tower to expand the intensive care unit of the hospital. The addition will also increase the number of beds to 600.

Each new operating room constructed as part of the expansion will also be built to accommodate robotic surgical equipment. The plans also include expanded anesthesia space within the operating suites and pre-and-post operative care space for surgical spaces.

WATCH: See what robotic surgical equipment can do in this video released by Wellspan York Hospital

“This project will build upon WellSpan York Hospital’s reputation as a regional destination for the most advanced care for patients with complex medical conditions,” said John Porter, executive vice president and chief operating officer, WellSpan Health, in the announcement. Porter added, “in the expanded operating rooms, our clinicians will be able to utilize state-of-the-art pain management techniques that will help to reduce the need for opioid and pain medicine after procedures and decrease the length of hospital stays for our patients."

Hospital officials hope the expansion will also increase patient privacy and reduce noise.

In a statement, hospital officials released this information regarding the expansion development:

Intensive Care Unit Expansion

The critical care capacity at the hospital will increase by over 60 percent – from 60 intensive care unit (ICU) beds to 96 – when the expansion is complete. The ICU will be located near the operating rooms in the tower, streamlining the healing process for the most critical patients.

The new intensive care units will also provide a comfortable space for families wishing to stay with their loved ones while in critical care.

The project is expected to take five years to complete with two older buildings on the campus being demolished to accommodate the expansion. An estimated 150 parking spaces will be added to the campus to provide convenient access for patients and visitors.

A Regional Resource for Advanced Specialty Care

This project will support the health system’s growth in specialty care, including WellSpan York Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center – a designation held by just 4 percent of hospitals nationwide and one of only two in central Pennsylvania. Here, care teams coordinate with four other Primary Stroke Centers across WellSpan to offer expertise in stroke treatment.

As a result of the hospital’s ongoing expansion, which has been underway for the past several years, WellSpan York Hospital now boasts:

For more about the expansion and for project updates, visit www.WellSpan.org/YorkFuture.