AHN Marks Construction Milestone at Wexford Hospital
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Community Leaders, Elected Officials & Caregivers Gather to Sign and Raise Final Steel Beam in Structure of 160-Bed Facility Set to Open in 2021
PINE TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Representatives of Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network (AHN) joined community leaders today in Pine Township to sign and raise the final steel beam in the architecture of AHN’s new Wexford Hospital, marking a key construction milestone for the 160-bed facility that is scheduled to open in 2021.
AHN Wexford will offer a comprehensive array of advanced, patient-centered programs and services for residents of Pittsburgh’s northern suburbs, including women and infant care; cardiac, neurosurgical, orthopaedic, and cancer care; a 24-room emergency department and short-stay observation unit, featuring pediatric rooms; an adult intensive care unit (ICU); operating rooms that provide minimally-invasive robotic surgical capabilities; all-private inpatient rooms; and a host of other patient- and family-friendly clinical programs, amenities and services.
“When Wexford Hospital opens its doors, it will be the most technologically advanced and patient-centric acute care hospital in western Pennsylvania,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN President and CEO. “For the growing population of northern Allegheny County, Butler County and adjacent communities, the facility will become the premier destination for a wide range of high-quality, close-to-home health care services, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone in our progress toward its completion.”
Wexford Hospital will be connected to AHN’s Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion on Perry Highway (U.S. Route 19). The 345,000-square-foot facility will be the single-largest investment in AHN’s history and is expected to employ more than 750 health care professionals.
The hospital will serve an area with a combined population of more than 215,000 people living in Pine, McCandless, Cranberry, Mars, Gibsonia, Allison Park, Zelienople, West View, and surrounding communities. Currently, a significant majority of those residents leave their communities to access the services the new hospital will provide.
Last year, Allan Klapper, MD, chair of AHN’s Women and Children Institute, was named president of the hospital. Other hospital leaders already named include Amy Cashdollar, chief operating officer, Lisa Graper, chief nursing officer, and Suzanne Labriola, DO, interim chief medical officer.
“It has been a great privilege to help lead and work alongside so many talented and dedicated individuals who are bringing this hospital to life, including our architects, engineers, contractors, laborers and AHN clinicians and healthcare professionals at every level,” said Dr. Klapper. “We are all united by a singular vision and focus on building a facility that delivers a patient experience that is second to none.”
For those entering through the emergency department, a fast-track, bedside registration process will allow patients to bypass the ED waiting area for expedited care. For expectant women and their families, the hospital will be a destination of choice for high-quality obstetrical care, in addition to the many other services a woman may need throughout her lifetime.
AHN Wexford Hospital’s spacious labor and delivery suites will feature up-to-date technology, modern Cesarean suites, and fast access to advanced neonatal and high-risk pregnancy services when needed. Premature and special needs babies will receive high-quality, compassionate care in a specialized, Level II nursery offering in-room sleeping accommodations for families.
The patient- and family-centered model at AHN Wexford also will extend to the hospital’s patient rooms, which are designed to put a variety of controls right at the patient’s fingertips. That includes the room’s temperature and lighting; a full room-service menu with physician-approved dining options; bedside access to the patient’s electronic health record as well as telemedicine and remote monitoring; the ability to reach clinical teams via text message instead of a traditional call button; and a TV that also serves as an interactive video board to keep the patient and family updated on the patient’s daily care schedule and care team.
AHN Wexford also will feature an outdoor courtyard connecting it to the Health + Wellness Pavilion, as well as a conference facility available for community use.
HKS is the architect on the project, with Gilbane/Massaro the lead construction partner.
To learn more about AHN’s hospital expansions and new construction projects, including AHN Wexford Hospital, visit www.ahn.org/building-the-future.