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PinnacleHealth Marks Milestone by Topping Off New Construction at Community Campus

PinnacleHealth System celebrated a milestone with a topping off celebration at Community General Osteopathic Hospital in Lower Paxton Township, Pa. PinnacleHealth employees, physicians and volunteers were invited to sign the first steel beam prior to it being raised during today’s ceremony.

An evergreen tree was planted to symbolize growth and bring luck, similar to the practice of placing a newspaper or coins under the cornerstone of the building. The national flag was raised as our symbol of freedom.

The expansion will house dedicated orthopedic and medical surgical units with private patient rooms. Each private patient room will have large windows for additional natural light, specially designed bathrooms that reduce the risk of falls, and an overall improved space for patients and families to heal and visit. The construction is expected to be completed in September 2013.

“Since the hospital’s move to Lower Paxton Township in 1970, it has been an anchor in this community. And we have continued to invest in the area. In the past 10 years, we have added the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital and the Medical Sciences Pavilion that includes the PinnacleHealth-Fox Chase Regional Cancer Center and Imaging services,” said Michael A. Young, President & CEO for PinnacleHealth.

Additional upcoming projects include:

  • Harrisburg Campus
  • Adding two floors for private patient rooms and expanded cardiac services and family support areas
  • Upgrading four floors for private patient rooms
  • West Shore Campus
  • New, five-story hospital conveniently located near I-81 and next to PinnacleHealth’s Fredricksen Outpatient Center
  • 108 beds with emergency department, medical/surgical care, cardiology, orthopedics, chronic disease management and private patient rooms

Partners in this project include Ed Black & Associates, Murray Associates Architects, Quandel Construction Group, Brinjac Engineering and WBCM.


Posted October 4, 2012

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