Allegheny Health Network facility in Pine installs final beam
Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Dr. Allan Klapper, president of the new Allegheny Health Network facility under construction in Pine Township, said it was a “pretty euphoric” moment when officials signed and raised the final steel beam in the architecture of the Wexford Hospital.
“As physicians and residents and patients we all realize the value and importance of having the highest quality comprehensive care in your neighborhood so you can stay in your neighborhood to get virtually everything you need and not have to travel out of your neighborhood into downtown to get it,” he said. “I think everyone understood the magnitude of that moment and how much closer we are to the actualization of being able to provide tremendous options and opportunities to patients in the North Hills region and North Hills communities.”
Representatives of Highmark Health and AHN and Pine Township officials were on hand for the ceremony to mark the milestone in construction approximately 14 months after they broke ground on the 160-bed facility scheduled to open in 2021.
With the full frame of the hospital complete, Klapper said, everyone can now see the footprint and how the hospital will connect to the existing Health + Wellness Pavilion, where the entrance will be and other details. They are about two weeks away from the 500-space parking garage being framed out, he said.
Workers are currently pouring the concrete for the floors of the hospital and the building will be wrapped in plastic to maintain the temperature as work continues throughout the winter months. At the same time, he said, they continue to work behind the scenes to get the hospital ready to open for business.
“That involves preparing for day one and onward how patients and visitors will flow through the hospital, how we’ll take care of people and the transition piece, which is getting us from a building to making sure everything is in the right place, equipment is hooked up, people are recruited and on-boarded and trained, the whole process,” he said.
The hospital’s services will include women and infant care, cardiac, neurosurgical, orthopedic and cancer care as well as a 24-hour emergency department and short-stay observation unit featuring pediatric rooms, an adult intensive care unit, operating rooms that provide minimally-invasive robotic surgery capabilities, private in-patient rooms and other clinical services and programs.