A look inside the new UPMC Pinnacle Memorial Hospital

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The final push is on at the new UPMC Pinnacle Memorial Hospital site in York County as construction ramps into high gear.

It’s an ever-changing site. Almost 450 workers a day are buzzing around, getting it prepared for an August completion.

“We are right on schedule, if not a little bit ahead,” said Paul Toburen, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Support Services for UPMC Pinnacle.

Almost 18 months into the construction phase and the building is coming into focus. Fifteen trades, 450 craftsmen, all working in unison to bring this new hospital home.

“Architects, contractors, subcontractors, engineers, land developers,” said Toburen.

“What’s a little bit unique here is the space,” said Paul Kayes, Senior Construction Project Manager for UPMC Pinnacle.

Space is not normally a word used to describe hospital rooms. But inside the new Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum suites, a new mother will have the ability to deliver her newborn and stay in that very room during the duration of their care.

“UPMC, we want state of the art equipment. We want state of the art design,” Kayes said.

From four leading-edge operating rooms to 14 beds in the critical care unit, the goal is to serve the growing needs of the York County community.

“It’s always rewarding to see a hard project come to fruition like this,” said Toburen.

One of the most difficult parts was the foundation. This building sits on micro piles, basically support beams, that in some spots stretch over a hundred feet in the ground.

“It’s patient safety. Patient safety is number one,” Kayes said.

And at a price tag of $290 million for both the hospital and connected outpatient center, UPMC Pinnacle hopes the finished product is worth the wait.

“We will be able to provide world class patient care in York and we are excited about that,” Toburen said.

And that excitement is scheduled to come to fruition in mid-August when this facility is slated to open.

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