New diagnostic center opens in Peters Township.

Published Sep 18, 2013 at 9:44 am (Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 9:44 am)

Convenience and competition is the name of the game when it comes to health care, especially in Peters Township.

On Sept. 11, the newest diagnostic center through the Washington Health System held an open house at 4198 Washington Road, the former location of the IRG diagnostic center once operated by Monongahela Valley Hospital.

The new center offers diagnostic services including bone density testing, CT scans, echocardiogram, MRI, ultra sound and walk-in X-rays and electrocardiogram, mammography as well as walk-ins for laboratory services, including blood and urine testing.

Kim Lambert, the health system’s outreach liaison, said the center is open for the convenience of the patient. Hours are from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Mark Bowman, the radiology coordinator, said the health system once had space in the rear of the complex and is now branching out with the offering of the diagnostic services at the current location. There is plenty of free parking at the front of the center, including handicapped spaces.

James Cook of Canonsburg said he is contemplating switching primary care physicians to the Primary Care-Lakeside near the new center, and attended the open house to see what services were offered.

He has Highmark Blue Cross health insurance and was pleased the health system accepts the insurance, including most other major health insurances, including UPMC.

Convenience is what Cook is looking for, he said.

In addition to the walk-in services, the diagnostic center takes appointments for many of the other tests, Lambert said.

Even though the diagnostic center held an open house Sept. 11, the facility has been operational before that, said Kara Tershel, manager marketing and community relations.

In additional to the diagnostic center, the Washington Health System operates numerous other services in the Peters Township area including a pediatric and adolescent care office at 2001 Waterdam Plaza, Suite 105; OB/Gyn Care, also at 2001 Waterdam Plaza, Suite 201; Primary Care-Lakeside, 1001 Waterdam Plaza Drive; Children’s Therapy at 1000 Waterdam Plaza, Suite 120; Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, 1001 Waterdam Plaza Drive; and Cardiovascular Care, 1001 Waterdam Plaza Drive.

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