Penn Highlands Healthcare purchased this land near the intersection of Colonnade Boulevard and Waddle Road in Patton Township in 2019.
Now, plans to build a micro-hospital and a neighboring office building here have been approved by Patton Township supervisors.
With Mount Nittany Medical Center and its sister facilities, as well as Geisinger Health System having a number of medical care options in Centre County, Penn Highlands enters
the mix with stiff competition.
Centre County commissioner Michael Pipe says that gives those seeking options to receive care more control over how they get it.
“You know, the consumer at the end of the day will make the decision about where they see healthcare provided, so we’ll see what that looks like. But again, they’re not going to open for another two years, so we’ll see how other healthcare entities respond to this and react to it and if they make any changes,
or structure their models a little bit differently as well.”