The WellSpan Spotlight

Ceremony Kicks Off Demolition of South Hall

WellSpan York Hospital took the next step in the expansion project for the campus by starting demolition on South Hall. Tearing down South Hall, and later the Ketterman Building, will create space for construction of a new Surgical and Critical Care Tower.

To mark the milestone, elected officials, board members, community leaders, WellSpan physicians and team members, and neighbors of the hospital joined together on September 8 to celebrate pulling down the first piece of the building. "In their place, we will construct a multi-level surgical and critical care tower that will not only help us meet our community’s growing health care needs today, but also for decades to come," said Vicky Diamond, Senior Vice President and President - Central Region.

The Surgical and Critical Care Tower will include:

  • larger, state-of-the-art surgical suites, including two hybrid operating rooms;
  • the newest robotic surgical and advanced medical technology;
  • expanded pre- and post-operative care areas;
  • new anesthesia and pain management space;
  • and a modernized central sterile processing department and expanded supply area to support the operating rooms.
The expansion also will include a new women and infants center and floor in the new tower with:
  • larger labor and delivery suites with spa-like in-room labor tubs;
  • expanded operating rooms;
  • modern ante and postpartum rooms,
  • private and double-occupancy NICU rooms.
  • and areas for family and other visitors.
This unit will feature a contiguous design that will improve convenience for new moms, their babies, and families. Additionally, each room on this floor will be equipped to accommodate labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum, reducing the need to move patients between rooms. The new tower will also include adult state-of-the-art intensive care unit rooms, or ICU’s and each of these rooms will include space for families to stay with their loved ones. Once completed, the hospital’s new capacity will make WellSpan York Hospital one of the 10 largest hospitals in Pennsylvania. Construction will take about two-and-a-half years to complete, which keeps us on track for an anticipated opening in 2025.