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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Held for New St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Facility

The medical director noted that St. Clair had experienced a 40-percent growth in patients from Peters.

St. Clair Hospital on Wednesday conducted a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially mark the completion of its new $20 million Outpatient Center in Peters Township.

Beginning Monday the center will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays.  
  
The ground floor of the two-story, 40,000-square-foot building includes full-service diagnostic capabilities, including MRI, CT, X-Ray, mammography, ultrasound, cardiac diagnostics, bone density screening and more—as well as a café and seating area.   

The second floor houses offices of physicians who specialize in primary care, orthopedics, endocrinology, ear/nose/throat, urology, and women’s services, including OB/GYN.

Additional physicians on the second floor specialize in breast surgery, general surgery, colorectal surgery, cardiology and ophthalmology.   

St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center in Peters Township is designed to allow patients, if necessary, to see multiple physicians and access the services they need in one day, all under one roof.       

St. Clair Hospital Outpatient Center in Peters features a portico drop off to protect patients and visitors from inclement weather.

The surrounding landscaped campus includes parking for 180 vehicles and a Safe Zone Walkway to and from the building’s entrance.   

The building itself is green, utilizing sustainable principles and materials in an eco-conscious way. No mechanical equipment was placed on the roof. It has been ground mounted behind the building in a “service zone” situated behind acoustical screening to dampen any noise.  

“The center offers comprehensive health care in an accessible, comfortable setting,” said St. Clair Hospital Chief Medical Officer G. Alan Yeasted.

 “This new, state-of-the-art facility was constructed to better serve the large concentration of St. Clair Hospital physicians and patients in the Peters Township area,” he added.

Yeasted noted that St. Clair has experienced a 40-percent increase in the number of patients from the Peters Township area in the last five years.   

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Roger May 31, 2013 at 05:30 AM
I find it interesting the spokesperson does not say anything about need. He/she only speaks about the increase in patients in the Peters area. This appears to be a "keepin' up" move, not the need for the residents of Peters. To be sure, people will utilize the services. But, whether or not the facility was built to fill a need remains an open question. From what I hear from local workers in the medical industry, this is an example of oversupply. When I was told this long ago after the plan was announced, I kept listening for the word "need," but never found it. It follows through on the announcement of the opening. It appears my sources were correct in assessing the matter early on. I wish St Clair well. But, having spent $20M, these monies will need to come from costs of services. Somebody has to pay, and costs like this always migrate down the customer. We don't need to look far to see why health service costs are rising.

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