Unity board approves hospital site plan
Unity's planning commission on Tuesday gave final approval for a site plan that allows a Camp Hill health care company to build a hospital off Route 30 that will compete with Excela Health's Latrobe hospital and an ambulatory care center that Excela will start construction on this summer.
The plan now goes before the township board of supervisors on Thursday for its blessing.
Post Acute Medical LLC of Camp Hill and Avail Healthcare Ventures of Dallas will build a 54,400-square foot, two-story hospital. It will have 40 beds, as well as outpatient services. The $20 million project will be built on 6.9 acres at the intersection with Grayhawk Court.
The supervisors gave preliminary approval last month after deciding the plan met township zoning laws.
The decision puts an end to organized opposition from Excela Health in Greensburg, which opposed the project out of concern that the competing facility would impact rehabilitation services offered in Latrobe at Excela's 14-bed unit.
Jennifer Miele, vice president of marketing and communications, said Excela accepts the township's decision after waging a letter-writing campaign targeting local, county and state lawmakers.
“We completely understand that Unity couldn't legally vote to stop the project, despite receiving nearly a thousand letters from Excela employees,” she said in a prepared statement. “But there was another unanticipated outcome of that letter-writing campaign. Within days of the campaign kickoff, we realized how much physician support there is for our well-established rehabilitation services. Within 18 hours of the April supervisors' meeting, the inpatient unit at Excela Latrobe Hospital was nearly filled, and the monthly numbers for outpatient rehab were higher than they've been in two years. Turns out the exposure paid off in a way we didn't expect. We're thankful for the support from area physicians.”
Even though Excela argued that the region could not support the facility, Post Acute Medical said its study indicated the region could support another 80 beds. Patients recovering from surgery, strokes, amputations, and brain and spinal cord injuries would be treated at the new facility.
In 2004, supervisors approved 23 acres along Grayhawk Drive for a residential development. Six additional acres were reserved for future commercial development.
Richard Gazarik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6292 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Westmoreland County on pace to surpass record for drug-related fatalities
- Westmoreland Cultural Trust moves to next phase of Palace capital campaign
- Westmoreland judicial candidates spent more than $1.2 million for primary election
- Greensburg woman has a lifetime of hosting foreign exchange students
- More than 120,000 attend Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
- New Derry to celebrate its 200th birthday
- Initials carved into pig in Georges Township
- Murrysville home damaged in blaze
- Hempfield woman donates music inspired by WWI ‘doughnut girls’
- Hempfield bicyclist gets one last chance from Westmoreland County judge
- Jewish congregations dwindling, forced to mull viability of worship sites