As Penn State Health moves forward on multiple fronts to make needed improvements to its facilities, the organization has concluded its search for a planning and design firm to handle a major renovation within the south addition of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Selected from a group of 10 firms, Flad will convert what is now the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Continuing Care Nursery and Pediatric Progressive Care to a state-of-the-art medical intensive care unit with a minimum of 24 beds, as well as expanded nurse and physician support space, anesthesia space and storage space.
Project kickoff conversations will begin soon in advance of starting design — during which the teams will align on the overall approach — with construction set to commence in 2020, after the three units that currently occupy the space have moved to the three new floors being added to the adjacent Children's Hospital.
The building's south addition opened in 1991, and most of the seventh floor space, approximately 25,000 square feet, is designed as open-bay care spaces or multi-bed rooms. The renovation will provide patient care space aligned with current standards and models, allowing the health system to better meet the healthcare needs of the community.