Conemaugh Health System officially broke ground for a new three-story, state-of-the-art facility that will be built to replace the existing Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center on Scalp Avenue in Richland.
Construction of the new building is scheduled to start in the spring and will take place behind the current Conemaugh East Hills facility.
In addition to existing programs and services including MedWELL Urgent Care, Conemaugh Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience specialty clinics, the new center is expected to include primary and specialty care physician offices, an ambulatory surgery center, GI/Endoscopy suites, a women’s diagnostic center, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation and physical therapy.
“The future of healthcare centers around the patient,” says Steve Tucker, Chief Executive Officer of Conemaugh Health System’s hospital division and President of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. “Often times patients must travel from their physician office to other locations for testing, imaging or to visit a specialist. Our new Conemaugh East Hills facility will offer a variety of outpatient services under one roof, designed to make patient convenience a priority.”
“Today’s groundbreaking is another in a list of exciting announcements the Conemaugh Health System has been fortunate to share in the past year,” says Scott Becker, Chief Executive Officer of the Conemaugh Health System. “We are investing $50 million in a new, safer more efficient electronic health record platform that is the best available; we opened a beautiful new outpatient center in Meyersdale; and we continue to recruit new physicians and add new technology – to make sure patients in our region do not need to travel out of town for state-of-the-art medicine.”
A local engineering firm, CJL Engineering, has been hired for the building project, along with Stengle Hill Architecture and Massaro Construction. During peak construction it is estimated that 200 construction jobs will be added to the region.
“It has been one year since Conemaugh was acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare and today is another step in fulfillment of the promises made at that time,” adds Frank Quitoni, Chairman of the Conemaugh Health System board of trustees. “The groundbreaking for this new building comes on the heels of some other great investments in our community that have happened, in part, because of our new partnership with Duke LifePoint Healthcare.”
Conemaugh officials say plans are underway to break ground for a similar outpatient center in Ebensburg next year.
“Today is just the start of a true renaissance that we in the Conemaugh Health System truly believe can happen for this great region,” says Becker who encouraged those in attendance to get involved in Johnstown’s Vision 2025. “As we do our part, I challenge each and every one of you to do yours! There is no reason that our region cannot be a national leader for healthcare, economic development, and community greatness. We look forward to our part in this exciting journey ahead.”