St. Clair outpatient facility breaks ground in Peters Twp.

Posted March 30, 2012

By Terri T. Johnson
Observer- Reporter

McMURRAY - With completion expected in March 2013, ground was officially broken Thursday afternoon at the site that will be St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center in Peters Township.

The two-story, 40,000-square-foot building will house physician offices and diagnostic service.

"I think it's important to have a first-class medical facility that is also esthetically pleasing," said Barry Zaiser, senior vice president of operations and strategic development, shortly before the ceremonial shoveling of dirt.

There were no speakers and no ceremony other than the turning of dirt deposited in front of the artist's rendering of the building.

The first floor of the outpatient center will offer full-service diagnostic services including MRI, X-ray, mammography, ultrasound, EKG and a laboratory for blood drawing. The second floor will have medical office space.

Zaiser called the concept "one-stop shopping."

"Peters Township has been extremely supportive and the medical staff indicated the need for additional office space," he said.

Peters Township was chosen to be the hospital's second all-inclusive outpatient center for a number of reasons, but most notably because the hospital has experienced a 34 percent increase in the number of patients from the township.

Access to the outpatient center will be from Washington Road, directly across the highway from Donaldsons Crossroads shopping center.

The building, on the site of the former Al Lorenzi Lumber building, will be green by using sustainable materials. No mechanical equipment will be placed on the roof and equipment on the ground will be behind the building and surrounded by acoustical screening to dampen any noise.

There will be a covered drop-off area on the side of the building and 180 parking spaces at the rear. Inside, there will be a cafe.

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