Urgent care center may open in Shadyside

| Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A new medical care center and physicians offices are planned in Shadyside and Bloomfield.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center may open a walk-in urgent care center at 5231 Centre Ave., Shadyside, in a building that the Chromisa behavioral health agency previously occupied.

A group of physicians has proposed a $2 million medical office on the Taco Bell site at 5201 Baum Blvd., Bloomfield.

The one-story office building would have 23 parking spaces, attorney Jon Kamin, representing the doctors, told members of the Baum Centre Initiative on Tuesday.

He declined to identify the doctors but said none of them is affiliated with UPMC or the West Penn Allegheny Health System. "However, they do accept all medical insurance," he added.

Baum Med Group LP purchased the property for $975,000 from Howard and Sharron Knodt, trustees of the Knodt Living Trust and Michael J. Knodt, according to a deed filed in Allegheny County.

Sections of the existing restaurant, which has been closed for several months, would be used as part of the plan to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, Kamin said. Plans could go before the city's planning commission on Sept. 2, he said.

Also at yesterday's session, Roger Altmeyer, UPMC's director of community project development, said an urgent care center is being considered for the Shadyside building.

"This is an alternative for people with minor cuts and bruises, or who may be slightly ill," he said. They can go to the center for care without an appointment, and avoid a hospital emergency room, he said.

"This is not a 24-hour operation, and medical personnel will staff the facility," he said.

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