Construction Crews to Set Final Steel Beam at AHN McCandless—Neighborhood Hospital

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Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Health officials today joined local community leaders and EMS crews to celebrate a milestone in the construction of a new neighborhood hospital being built in McCandless – the raising of the structure’s final steel beam. Located at the corner of Duncan Avenue and McKnight Road in the McCandless Crossing Shopping Center, AHN McCandless—Neighborhood Hospital is expected to start seeing patients later this year. 

The 4-story, nearly 50,000-square-foot facility is one of four neighborhood hospitals AHN is building across western Pennsylvania as part of its $1 billion investment to expand access to convenient, close-to-home health care services. Other locations for the small-format hospitals include Brentwood, Harmar, and Hempfield. 

AHN is partnering with Texas-based Emerus, the nation’s leading developer and operator of neighborhood hospitals, to build and manage the new facilities. Pittsburgh-based Rycon Construction is leading the construction of the hospitals. 

Unlike standalone emergency departments or urgent care centers, AHN McCandless will be a fully licensed hospital that is open 24/7. In addition to an emergency department and a 10-bed inpatient unit, AHN McCandless will provide diagnostic imaging, including CT and X-ray, as well as laboratory and other complementary medical services. It will be staffed by board-certified physicians, nurses, and other experienced health care professionals, all of whom are aligned around a high-quality care model. 

AHN McCandless also will be a home to AHN’s women’s health services, including its infertility program.  Area women and couples will have on-site access to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other therapies in reproductive medicine. 

Among numerous patient-friendly design elements, AHN McCandless will feature nursing stations uniquely configured to maximize sightlines and accessibility, allowing staff to easily monitor exam rooms and minimize response times. CT and X-ray procedure rooms will accommodate patients of any age, with adjacent observation rooms that keep families together during procedures. An onsite lab will expedite testing processes so patients don’t have to wait long for results.  

AHN McCandless will be closely integrated with the network’s other key facilities in the North Hills, including the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute, and the AHN McCandless medical office building just up McKnight Road. When more comprehensive care is needed, the hospital will provide a smooth transition to full-service AHN facilities and other providers. 

About the Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network (AHN.org), a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region.  The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY.  The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more.  It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 20,000 people, has more than 2,400 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

About Emerus

Emerus is the nation’s first and largest operator of neighborhood hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based neighborhood hospitals and acute care facilities. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patent-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus’ distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. More information is available at www.emerus.com (http://www.emerus.com).