Allegheny Health Network cuts the ribbon on new neighborhood 'mini' hospital in McCandless - North Journal

Allegheny Health Network cuts the ribbon on new neighborhood ‘mini’ hospital in McCandless

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 4:12 PM

Allegheny Health Network cut the ribbon on its new neighborhood hospital in the McCandless Crossing shopping center and should be ready to start accepting patients in the next several weeks.

In addition to an emergency department and 10-bed inpatient unit, the hospital will provide diagnostic imaging, laboratory and other medical services.

Plans also call for offering a range of services over the coming year at the facility’s Outpatient Center including primary and pediatric care, dermatology, pulmonology and chronic disease management.

“We are extremely excited to be providing our patients in the greater western Pennsylvania region with more choices for the high-quality health care services they need close to where they live and work,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN president and CEO.

“Similar to the many other new AHN facilities and programs that we have brought to Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs in recent years, we look forward to the positive impact that AHN McCandless will have on this community,” she said during the Dec. 12 ribbon cutting ceremony.

Unlike standalone emergency departments or urgent care centers, AHN McCandless will be a fully licensed small-format hospital that will be open 24 hours a day.

The four-story, nearly 50,000 square-foot facility at the crossroads of McKnight Road and Duncan Avenue in McCandless, features nursing stations configured to easily allow staff to monitor exam rooms and minimize response times, according to hospital officials.

Advanced CT and X-ray procedure rooms also will be available for patients of any age, with adjacent observation rooms that keep families together during procedures.

The hospital also has lab quickly provide test results for patients.

“Patients at our neighborhood hospitals will be cared for with the same high level of clinical expertise and technological sophistication available in the emergency departments and inpatient observation units of every AHN hospital,” said Dr. Tom Campbell, who chair’s AHN Emergency Medicine Department. “And the quality of their care experience at these facilities will be second to none.”

In addition to the McCandless facility, AHN and parent company Highmark Health is in the process of building neighborhood hospitals in Hempfield, Harmar and Brentwood as part of a $1 billion investment in new facility construction and expansion and renovation of existing facilities during the next five years.

The expansion plan includes a 160-bed hospital adjacent to the health network’s Wexford Health and Wellness Pavilion on Perry Highway in Pine.