By HCO Staff
HERSHEY, Pa.—To meet the growing demand locally for convenient access to UPMC’s clinical services, UPMC in Central Pa. has opened a new outpatient center at 121 Towne Square Drive, Hershey. A ribbon cutting held in November celebrated the nearly 20,000 square-foot facility, which will include UPMC Urgent Care, UPMC Primary Care and a variety of specialty services, including UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute, UPMC Orthopaedic Care, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Magee-Womens, UPMC Neurological Institute and UPMC General Surgery.
“We’re proud to serve the communities in and around Hershey by improving access to UPMC’s advanced services and world-class patient care,” said Lou Baverso, president, UPMC in Central Pa. “When we bring care closer to our patients, it not only provides them convenience, but it also allows for better continuity of care, often leading to better outcomes.”
Hershey Opening releaseUPMC Urgent Care will be the first to move into the facility, while the other services are scheduled to move in by February 2023. UPMC Urgent Care treats patients of all ages with minor illnesses and injuries, and provides vaccinations, school and work physicals, basic laboratory and imaging services, respiratory therapy, wound management and orthopaedic evaluations.
In the coming months, the center will also offer advanced specialty consultative services, including vascular intervention, postpartum care, gynecology, cancer care, general surgery and general neurology. With 31 exam rooms, six procedure rooms and a dedicated orthopaedic X-ray machine, the new facility is designed with the patient’s convenience, privacy and comfort in mind for an exceptional patient experience.
UPMC became part of the health care landscape in central Pennsylvania in 2017, and since then, it has grown to 13,000 care providers and support staff and has invested $910 million in health care services for the region. UPMC in Central Pa. has an annual economic impact to the region of $2.6 billion.
“In addition to assuring the extension of clinical excellence, UPMC is equally committed to caring for our communities outside the walls of our facilities,” Baverso added. “For example, in the last fiscal year, UPMC cared for six out of 10 babies born to low-income families in the Dauphin County/Harrisburg region; and UPMC in Central Pa. contributed $125 million in IRS-defined community benefits, $63 million of which was dedicated to care for those without means to pay.”