Hospital expansion to create 38 new jobs in downtown Reading

Gov. Wolf: 'It's a true win-win for the community'

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Reading will soon welcome dozens of new jobs to center city, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday.

Haven Behavioral Hospital Eastern Pennsylvania, part of Penn State Health St. Joseph's downtown campus at North Sixth and Walnut streets, is expanding, and the move will create 38 new, full-time jobs over the next three years, Wolf said.

"These 38 new jobs will provide family-sustaining wages to the Reading area while furthering the company's ability to provide its services," Wolf said. "It's a true win-win for the community."

Haven currently has 67 patient beds on site, occupying the building's third floor and half its fourth floor. The $1.73-million expansion, officials said, will have the acute care psychiatric hospital adding 19 beds and occupying most of the fourth floor.

"This investment reinforces our existing commitment to the community and will allow us to better serve those in need of high quality, specialty behavioral healthcare," said Bob Scheffler, CEO of Haven Behavioral Hospital of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The state will provide Haven with $114,000 in job creation tax credits once the new jobs are in place.

Haven provides inpatient psychiatric stabilization and treatment to patients 18 years of age and older who are experiencing acute symptoms of depression, anxiety, mood disorder, and psychosis. It also treats people with other medical conditions, including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

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