St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center holds open house

Published May 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm (Updated May 30, 2013 at 4:34 pm)

The $20 million St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center in Peters Township will open its doors June 3 to provide a wide-range of services, ranging from a diagnostic center on the first floor of the 40,000-square-foot, all green building, to a variety of specialities by physicians on the second floor.

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 29 in the building at 3928 Washington Road, across from the Donaldsons Crossroads shopping center.

Hundreds attended the ribbon cutting where James Collins, president and chief executive officer said, “There are so many people I want to go one by one to tell how much you mean to the St. Clair Hospital family.”

Planning for the outpatient center began about seven years ago, Collins said of the idea to expand hospital services beyond the main health care complex on Bower Hill Road in Mt. Lebanon. St. Clair Hospital is an independent health care facility with 525 physicians and more than 2,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the South Hills.

The hospital also operates outpatient services on Oxford Drive in Bethel Park.

Property where the new outpatient center sits was acquired more than three years ago.

The idea to locate the center in Peters Township was, in part, because the hospital has seen a 40 percent increase in the number of patients from the township and surrounding areas in the past five years.

Diagnostic services include MRI, CT, x-ray, mammography, ultrasound, cardiac diagnostics, bone density screening, echocardiogram, EKG and laboratory testing such as blood draws. The center also has a large waiting area and a cafe.

On the second floor, accessed by stairs or an elevator, are a variety of physicians’ offices ranging from internal medicine, to cardiology, to general surgery and plastic surgery.

The center is designed to permit patients to see multiple physicians in one day with the availability of x-rays or blood draws, all in the same building.

Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughn said locating the center in Washington County will be an asset to the already rapidly expanding population and job market that includes Marcellus Shale drilling and related industries, along with the casino and outlets.

Businessman Jack Piatt, standing a few feet from the Piatt Diagnostic Center, said that the center has great access for Washington County.

About 1,000 local business owners, neighbors of the center, elected officials and hospital staff were invited to the two-hour open house to view the green building. There is no mechanical equipment on the roof, with all equipment ground-mounted behind the building along with 180 free parking spaces. There is a portico where patients may be dropped off out of the weather.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.

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