Original Article can be found on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Allegheny Health Network revealed Monday it is targeting the South Hills community of Brentwood to be the location of the fourth mini-hospital it expects to build in Western Pennsylvania over the next two years.
All four facilities — including previously announced mini-hospitals in Hempfield, Harmar and McCandless — are expected to open in 2019.
AHN’s neighborhood hospital model includes an emergency department and 10 patient beds for short-stay use. Hospitals of that size typically cost between $7 million to $30 million to build.
“Our neighborhood hospitals will bring to communities an innovative, patient-centered model that provides the best possible experience and outcomes for those requiring emergency care, short hospital stays and other outpatient services,” AHN CEO Cynthia Hundorfean said in a statement.
The AHN Brentwood-Neighborhood Hospital, to be built along Route 51, will be aligned with the network’s nearby Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills and its hospitals in the city of Pittsburgh for patients who require a more acute level of care or follow-ups with specialists, according to Allegheny Health Network.
“We are thrilled at the prospect of Allegheny Health Network bringing this new model of health care to our community,” Brentwood Mayor Dennis H. Troy said in a statement.
AHN officials are expected to provide details about the Brentwood facility at a planning commission meeting Thursday.
AHN announced the four mini-hospitals, as well as a new 160-bed hospital in Pine, at a news conference in October.
The four neighborhood hospitals are to be built through a joint venture with Texas-based Emerus, which specializes in managing small-scale hospitals primarily in the south and west regions of the U.S.
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