In 2017, Penn State Health embarked upon an aggressive, fast-tracked plan for the Vertical Expansion of the 5-story Children’s Hospital building. This project represents the final piece of the 15-year-long implementation of the Clinical Quadrangle, which was part of the 2002 Site & Facilities Master Plan for the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the University’s major medical center and teaching hospital. With the completion of the 3-story addition on top of the Children’s Hospital, the ambitious plan reached full implementation.
By centralizing, consolidating, and expanding programs, including the new Women and Babies Center, Hershey Medical Center enhanced the range of services available for new mothers and babies, including critically ill infants. The result is a comprehensive facility that provides a safe, calm, and yet playful space for women, infants and growing children. Despite the complexity involved in building on top the 5-story Children’s Hospital, the new facility optimizes the yield of the site, and strengthens the functional integration of related clinical service lines that had been dispersed throughout the campus.