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Valley News Dispatch: Ground to be broken Friday for Vandergrift outpatient facility

Friday, October 30th, 2009

By Tom Yerace

Valley News Dispatch

Kiski Valley residents used to traveling to Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison for services such as X-rays and blood work will soon have a shorter trip.

Alle-Kiski Medical Center, the hospital's parent organization, is opening a new diagnostic outpatient facility along Longfellow Street, which is expected to be in operation by late spring or early summer, according to AKMC spokeswoman Linda Jaskolka. It will be part of the Wilson Square Professional Building, being built on the site of the former Wilson Elementary School.

A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held Friday.

"We are going to occupy the lower level of the building with outpatient services blood work, mammography that kind of thing," Jaskolka said.

"Hospitals are moving a lot of their outpatient services into the community so that it is more easily accessible to their patients," she added. "The trend is going that way in health care with outpatient services, so we are following that trend."

It also is a way for the hospital to show its gratitude for years of support from residents of the Leechburg-Vandergrift-Apollo area, Jaskolka said. She said auxiliary organizations in the 1950s raised money to aid in the development of Allegheny Valley Hospital.

William Englert, vice president of AKMC operations and business development, said the new facility is important to Allegheny Valley Hospital and AKMC.

"It's very key," Englert said. "Probably about 25 percent of all of our patients come from the Kiski Valley. So this is a part of our patient base that uses our services and we don't have anything close to them."
 

To read more, visit the Valley News Dispatch web site.

 

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