Highmark Breaks Ground on New Hospital in Pine

AHN Wexford to Go Up Next to Health and Wellness Pavilion

Joe DeStio
August 15, 2018 - 2:29 pm

Allegheny Health Network

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Wexford (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) – The hospital boom in the Pittsburgh area is getting louder with a groundbreaking on a new 160-bed, full-service hospital in Pine Township. AHN Wexford will have all private rooms, including labor and delivery services, and is expected to create 500 jobs when it opens in 2021. It will go up adjacent to Allegheny Health Network’s popular Health and Wellness Pavilion along Perry Highway.

AHN Wexford president Dr. Allan Klapper says he’s excited to help design and build a hospital from the ground up. He says everything is being designed around patient needs and comfort.

“There’s a lot of great technology out there, lots of flashing lights and expensive technology. But if it’s not going to improve care and put care givers back to the bedside, then it doesn’t make sense,” according to Klapper.

The nearly $300 million dollar project is part of a $1 billion investment by Highmark in Western Pennsylvania. AHN is also building neighborhood or so-called mini-hospitals in Brentwood, Hempfield, Harmar, and McCandless. Rival UPMC has announced three large specialty hospitals to be built in Oakland, Uptown, and Shadyside.

AHN Wexford will have 480 garage spaces and 559 surface lot parking spaces, all free. Patients will have in-room control over temperature, lighting, and electronic health records. AHN says it will offer a hotel-like concierge experience with bedside registration, rooftop gardens, and a meditation room.

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