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New AHN hospital in Hempfield to include cancer center

November 30, 2018

The Allegheny Health Network hospital and emergency room under construction in Hempfield will include a cancer center, officials announced Monday.

The AHN Cancer Institute -- Hempfield will join AHN Hempfield-Neighborhood Hospital being built on Route 30 at the intersection of Agnew Road. The 55,000-square-foot cancer center is among five such facilities AHN plans to open next year. Other locations are being developed in Monroeville, Erie, Butler and Beaver County.

The Hempfield center will be inside the same 120,000-square-foot building as the “micro-hospital” emergency department and have 10 to 12 beds for short patient stays and observation. It will have a variety of services including diagnostic imaging, radiation and a pharmacy.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1.7 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018, which AHN said is a 2 percent increase from 2015. Of those, an estimated 81,000 new cases will occur in Pennsylvania. About 610,000 Americans will die from the disease this year.

Excela Health previously challenged AHN’s plans for its Westmoreland County facility. The Hempfield site is about 2 miles from Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. An Excela Health spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The township approved AHN’s site plan in December. Excela appealed, contending Hempfield supervisors rushed the process without proper scrutiny. A Westmoreland County judge denied the appeal in September.

In October 2017, Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network announced a massive $700 million expansion plan that includes construction of the four neighborhood hospitals, a 160-bed state-of-the-art hospital in Pine and renovation of its existing facilities throughout Western Pennsylvania. The other neighborhood hospitals are being built in Brentwood, Harmar and McCandless.

The cancer institute is part of a nearly $300 million investment by AHN to expand care options in the region. That figure includes the five community institutes, a new academic cancer center at Allegheny General Hospital and strengthening a collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

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