Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Commissioners OK Hospital Expansion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Commissioners OK Hospital Expansion

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Scott commissioners approved St. Clair Hospital's conditional use application and subdivision and site plans for the hospital's planned $142 million expansion at its main campus on Bower Hill Road, but not without some pushback from residents.

The commissioners' vote to approve the plans was 7-0 Tuesday. David Calabria II and William Wells were absent.

Neighboring Mt. Lebanon commissioners voted late last year to approve the project. About half of the hospital complex is in Mt. Lebanon and half in Scott.

Hospital officials announced the expansion plans, which include a 280,000-square-foot outpatient center, earlier Tuesday.

The center will include 10 operating rooms for outpatient surgery, medical imaging, physical and occupational therapy, an infusion center, a pharmacy as well as other clinical services, plus conference space and a café.

The outpatient center is expected to create 150 more positions for health care professionals at the hospital, which currently has 2,500 employees. The hospital plans to break ground later this year on its six-story outpatient center, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

Several people spoke against the development, and specifically the relocation of North Wren Drive, which according to a news release from the hospital will be realigned to "better connect with Bower Hill Road and Firwood Drive."

The realignment also will include the installation of new traffic signals and sidewalks.

A new entrance to the facility will be created at North Wren Drive, while the current main entrance will remain open. Dave Murphy, who lives near North Wren Drive, said the realignment is "completely unnecessary."

Kathy Murphy added that she and her husband have had close calls with other cars at the intersection, and she is "tired of picking up my stuff off the floor after I slam on my brakes."

"People coming out of the hospital are not mindful of what they are doing," Ms. …

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