By Paul Chasko
There seems to be a change in thinking in the way major medical systems are planning future facilities. Instead of having most of their facilities in the big city hospital (Pittsburgh for instance) they seem to be favoring outpatient facilities in the suburbs as the wave of the future.
Bring the facility to the patients rather than forcing patients to travel into the city for simpler procedures. This certainly will make sense to most folks who are used to having to travel to Oakland for medical care.
Mr. Terry Wiltrout, Vice President of operations at Canonsburg Hospital displays an artist’s conception of the new outpatient care center.
A case in point is the new outpatient facility being planned by West Penn Allegheny Health Systems in Peters Township. Mr. Terry Wiltrout, Vice President of Operations at Canonsburg Hospital has been attending various meetings in the area measuring the public’s reaction and gathering ideas for the planned facility. The new facility will take over space and add to a small strip mall on route 19 just across from the Sears parts center. He had some conceptual drawings and plan views of what the facility might look like.
Some of the concepts being considered are rather unique. Imagine coming in to see your PCP, and he refers you to a specialist in the same building and being able to get your lab work and prescriptions filled just down the hall. They’re billing it as a one-stop medical facility right here in the South Hills. Combine that with an outpatient surgical service, radiation oncology, medical oncology, diagnostic imaging, pediatrics and orthopedic services and you may avoid tedious trips into the city. The plans even include a 750 square foot conference room that may be available to the community as well.
The construction is planned in 4 phases with the all work done by July of 2011. According to Mr. Wiltrout, specialists in various fields of medicine are already making expressions of interest in office space in the planned facility.
West Penn Allegheny Officials Break Ground for New Outpatient Care Center in Peters Township
A group recently gathered together to showcase the groundbreaking and construction happening at the Outpatient Care Center - Peters Township (OCC-PT) of West Penn Allegheny Health System.
This physician-led outpatient center will provide a synergy of services, both clinical and surgical, to create one center of care.
West Penn Allegheny expects to invest just over $14 million to develop the 55,000 square foot facility, formerly the Radicchio complex.
Patrick DeMeo, M.D., and other physicians from AGH’s nationally recognized Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Sports Medicine, the official medical provider for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball club, will be the first to occupy the outpatient care center in November.
At the groundbreaking ceremony (l-r) Front: Kim Malinky, President & CEO of Canonsburg General Hospital; Dr. Colleen Murphy; Robyn Stechly, CRNP; Dr. William Coyle; Dr. Sigurdur Petursson; and Dr. Arunkumar Sanjeevi. Back: Louis Astorino, Senior Principal of Astorino; Kerry Burgan, President, Board of Directors, Peters Township Chamber of Commerce; Gene Trout, Chief Financial Officer of CGH; Dawn Grim, Interim VP of Operations of CGH; Joe Macerelli, Chairman, Board of Directors, CGH; Terry Wiltrout, Project Manager of the Outpatient Care Center; Robert Bodner, Architect of VEBH; George Pastor, Project Superintendent of Astorino; and Marc DelRosso, Construction Project Manager of Astorino.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 15:02