Conemaugh releases plans for Somerset clinic
Construction of the Conemaugh - Somerset Clinic is scheduled to begin in October and should take about a year to complete, according to Emily Korns, marketing communications director for Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh, of Johnstown, released a rendering of its new building for outpatient services and primary and specialty care physician offices in Somerset County Thursday. Demolition has been taking place for weeks at the former Pine Haven Village shops property at North Center Avenue and Byers Road across from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation maintenance building.
The health system purchased the 3.9-acre property, in two pieces, from Pine Haven Inc. in April for at least $700,000, according to county real estate records.
“The physicians and staff of the primary care practices in Somerset, as well as specialty clinics, will be relocated to the new building,” she wrote in an email in response to a list of questions provided by the Daily American.
Although Korns could not comment on how many employees will be needed in the new clinic, she said that Conemaugh will be expanding its imaging services in Somerset.
Physicians and staff at the Aberdeen Drive location for Conemaugh OB-GYN will not be moved to the new clinic, she emphasized.
She also addressed a question about the lack of childbirth services in Somerset County. Somerset Hospital closed its obstetrical unit in 2016.
“Conemaugh OB-GYN will continue to serve the OB-GYN needs of the community at Aberdeen Drive, and Conemaugh Memorial (Medical Center) welcomes Somerset patients for labor and delivery,” she said. “Conemaugh Memorial has earned the distinctive certificate in perinatal care by the Joint Commission.”
Some of the services that will be offered at the 15,869-square-foot building are cardiology, blood draws, mammography, X-rays and ultrasounds, Korns said.
Last week, Conemaugh confirmed the purchase of property for an outpatient center in Ebensburg. The 40,000-square-foot building will be constructed at the intersection of routes 219 and 22.
Conemaugh serves over a half-million patients each year. It has more than 3,500 employees and over 350 physicians, according to a media release.
Conemaugh Health System consists of the Conemaugh Memorial, Conemaugh Meyersdale, Conemaugh Miners and Conemaugh Nason medical centers; outpatient centers; and the Conemaugh Physician Group practices. The health system was bought by Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a for-profit health system, in 2014.