Latrobe, Excela meeting ‘productive’
By Joe Napsha
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Latrobe officials said Wednesday they had a “productive” meeting with top Excela Health executives to discuss the health system's plans to build an outpatient care center in neighboring Unity, rather than in the city.
Deputy Mayor Kenneth Baldonieri said city officials conveyed to Excela that it could use the existing facilities in Latrobe, without incurring a great deal of expense of buying property and building a new facility in Unity. Excela executives said they were willing to take a look at what the city was proposing, Baldonieri said.
“They were receptive to our point of view,” Baldonieri said, adding that the meeting was “very collegial.”
Latrobe officials had asked for a meeting with Excela to discuss its plans to build a three-story Latrobe Ambulatory Care Center, which is proposed for a 29-acre site behind Arnold Palmer Motors along Route 30. The 100,000-square-foot facility would consolidate physicians from about 20 offices in the Latrobe-Derry area to give patients comprehensive service at one site.
The health system has said that Excela Latrobe hospital will not lose any of its existing patient services as a result of the construction of an outpatient care center.
Representing Excela at the meeting were Chief Executive Officer Robert Rogalski; Michael D. Busch, executive vice president and chief operating officer, and attorney Tim Fedele.
Excela representatives had met with the township supervisors Tuesday to discuss the project, Jennifer Miele, Excela Health's spokeswoman, said.
“We're interested in gathering input from all of the leaders of the communities that we serve,” Miele said.
Unity Supervisor Michael O'Barto said that they were going to proceed with plans to build the facility in the township. O'Barto said township officials met with Excela's developers to discuss its plans, including access roads that will be built to the facility.
Excela representatives have presented plans for the project to Unity's planning commission.
Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.
- Loyalhanna parents denied contact once baby born
- Monessen revival boils down to money that could be difficult to secure
- Zoning restrictions threaten reopening of coke facility
- Organization helps cancer-stricken mother see her kids attend prom
- Murrysville drivers will enjoy green all the way on Route 22 as traffic engineers adjust signals
- Southmoreland seniors earn spots on All-State Band
- State seeks to unload 123-acre Hempfield prison site
- Hempfield man gets life in prison for killing girlfriend during fight over spilled noodles
- Hempfield man gets 5 to 10 years in prison for firing at troopers in what lawyer called an ‘anomaly’
- Communities, theater feel loss of Greensburg prisoner work program
- Mt. Pleasant district renews food contract
You must be signed in to add comments
To comment, click the Sign in or sign up at the very top of this page.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.