UPMC donates former Sunbury Hospital to regional economic development entity


SUNBURY — The former UPMC Sunbury campus has been donated to DRIVE, an economic development entity serving five counties in central Pennsylvania.

Steven Johnson, UPMC president for North Central Pa., said when announcing the donation Thursday that a thorough investigation had been conducted into the future uses of the property with the goal of turning it into an investment. in the community.

He cited DRIVE’s interest in the facility and his desire to use it for job creation and economic development.

“Donating the facility to DRIVE returns the keys to this historic structure to the community, providing new opportunities for the city,” he said.

The former Sunbury Community Hospital in 2017 became part of UPMC’s Susquehanna Division, then based in Williamsport.

It closed in the spring of 2020 due to underutilization. The site consists of 20 parcels totaling approximately 12 acres

DRIVE, which serves Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties, has already fielded numerous inquiries from companies interested in all or part of the complex, said its chief executive Jennifer Wakeman.

“We’re open to renting or selling parts if that’s what it takes,” she said. “Our goal is for this facility to continue to be an asset to the Town of Sunbury and the County of Northumberland”


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