St. Clair Hospital to Undergo $142 Million Expansion

Updated on August 6, 2018

New Outpatient Center is in response to 130 percent growth

St. Clair Hospital $142 Million Expansion

St. Clair Hospital recently announced a $142 million expansion at its main campus, the centerpiece of which is a new 280,000-square-foot comprehensive outpatient center.

The outpatient center is targeted to open in fall 2020 and will result in the employment of 150 additional health care professionals at St. Clair, the South Hills’ largest employer with 2,500 employees.

Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this year. The investment represents the largest expansion at the Hospital’s main campus in four decades and is in response to the 130 percent growth in St. Clair’s outpatient volume since 2006.

“As a leading health care organization, we are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art medical care in our region,” says John T. Sullivan, M.D., MBA, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at St. Clair Hospital. “Advancements in medical science have dramatically changed how medical care will be delivered in the future, and we are addressing that evolution by creating a facility in which next generation treatments can be provided in a convenient, easy-to-access, patient-focused setting. The new outpatient center will prove to be a transformative experience for patients by consolidating high-quality clinical and support services under one roof.”

Dr. Sullivan says the new six-story building will offer comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic outpatient services, including: laboratory; medical imaging; cardiodiagnostics; physical and occupational therapy;  an infusion center;  outpatient surgery with 10 operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and 51 pre- and post-surgical rooms; a spacious endoscopy (GI) suite with six exam rooms;  other multidisciplinary clinical programs; conference space; multiple seating options; a café serving chef-prepared offerings; underground parking; and a commercial pharmacy.

“All of these clinical services and amenities will be complemented by the addition’s modern architectural features, including a two-story atrium that will flood the building with natural light,” Dr. Sullivan says.

“This truly represents ‘groundbreaking growth’ for St. Clair Hospital,” says James M. Collins, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Clair Hospital. “St. Clair is already a national leader in patient safety, quality, patient satisfaction and value. With this addition, St. Clair will have forward-looking facilities commensurate with its growth and the rapid changes in how health care will be delivered in the future.”

The new outpatient center will be constructed on property that spans Mt. Lebanon, and Scott Township on N. Wren Drive and will be connected to the existing Hospital. The project also includes the construction of a new employee parking garage (opened in May) and a new central power plant that will modernize the campus’ infrastructure. For added public safety, the project includes realigning N. Wren Drive to better connect with Bower Hill Road and Firwood Drive, as well as the installation of new traffic signals and sidewalks.

The expansion will also increase the Hospital’s already significant contribution to the economic vitality of the southwestern Pennsylvania region. An impact study conducted by the Allegheny Conference’s Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh estimates the project will add 1,632 direct, indirect and induced jobs to the region, and contribute approximately $262.4 million in direct revenue and $145 million in value-added services to the region’s economy.

Funding for St. Clair’s $142 million building project is being supported by philanthropy, government grants, tax exempt bonds, and Hospital funds.

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