Opening of AHN Wexford Hospital
The new Allegheny health network Wexford Hospital is ready to open, awaiting state license.
AHN, Highmark Health and local elected officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning at Pine Township Hospital, located on the same campus as the AHN Wexford Health + Wellness pavilion.
“My family lives in this neighborhood and we are very excited to have the capabilities here,” said David Holmberg, President and CEO of Highmark Health, at the event. “We have the most advanced technological facility in the country in terms of clinical capabilities and the way our patients will be served and cared for.”
Construction of the 160-bed hospital began in 2018, as part of AHN’s nearly $ 1 billion expansion that includes renovations to existing facilities, five new regional cancer centers, several outpatient care and four new neighborhood hospitals in the region.
McCandless Neighborhood Hospital opened in December 2019, Hempfield Neighborhood Hospital opened in January 2020, Brentwood Neighborhood Hospital opened in March 2020, and Harmar opened in September 2020.
Wexford Hospital will have 750 employees and will have a 24-bed emergency department, adult intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, the only labor and delivery unit in northern County of Allegheny, a cardiac catheterization lab, advanced diagnostic imaging and more. It will also offer specialized care in the fields of cancer, neurology, cardiology, radiology, gastroenterology, orthopedics and other disciplines.
“We are very determined to continue moving care to the community to which it belongs. We don’t want patients to travel if they don’t or shouldn’t, ”said Cynthia Hundorfean, President and CEO of AHN.
The 39th Austin Playroom, a project of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, is located just outside the labor and delivery unit. Another convenience of the Mario Lemieux Foundation, the Healing Terrace, is located on the third floor of the hospital and is an outdoor green space where patients and families can get some fresh air and rest.
AHN Wexford chairman Allan Klapper praised the layout of the facility, which was designed to be easy to navigate.
“AHN Wexford was uniquely designed from the ground up by the same healthcare professionals who will work within its walls or partner with us in the community to provide exceptional care to those who need us,” said Klapper said.
For Pine Township Chairman of the Board, Michael Denny, it was the ease of the construction process from start to finish that impressed him.
“There haven’t been any problems anywhere, and it’s strange,” he said. “We are certainly happy and satisfied. ”
AHN officials anticipate that the authorization will be issued in the coming weeks.
Katie Green is Editor-in-Chief of Tribune-Review. You can contact Katie at [email protected]