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Allegheny Health Network opening primary care office in Cheswick Plaza

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, 5:03 p.m.

Updated 8 hours ago

An Allegheny Health Network primary care office is the next new tenant coming into the revitalized Cheswick Plaza.

Allegheny Health Network Cheswick Primary Care is expected to open Nov. 20.

“The health network is trying to improve access to care in the communities where people live so they don't have to travel far,” said Bill Englert, president and CEO of Allegheny Valley Hospital, which is part of Allegheny Health Network.

The announcement Friday follows word in August that Anytime Fitness, an Allegheny Township fitness club, will be opening its second location in a new 10,500-square-foot building under construction at the plaza.

Its opening is expected in December, according to developer Brian Clark.

The primary care office will be located in the 4,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by PNC Bank, between the Goodwill store and the now vacant liquor store.

“It's basically new space. Everything has been replaced,” he said. “We gutted the place completely. The only thing left are the four walls.”

The new office is an extension of the Alle-Kiski Medical Associates group, which has offices in Tarentum and Harrison, Englert said.

It will be the primary office for two doctors. Dr. Elie Francis, internal medicine, will move there from Springdale, while Dr. Briana Bayer, family medicine, was recruited into the market to become part of the practice, Englert said.

Englert said Cheswick Plaza offered a good location with parking where the health network could improve access for patients.

It's expected to serve patients from Cheswick, Springdale and Harmar.

“It's a nice, new refurbished plaza,” Englert said. “They did a nice job making that place a nice place in Cheswick. It's a nice-looking retail and service center.”

An open house is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 for visitors and patients to meet the doctors and see the office, Englert said.

Clark said he is in discussions with a couple more tenants and is working on a replacement for the liquor store. It closed when a new Fine Wine and Good Spirits store opened at the Pittsburgh Mills mall complex in Frazer.

“We continue to move forward,” Clark said.

Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.

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