Mount Nittany Health plans to build an outpatient medical center in Toftrees West
Mount Nittany Medical Center. Photo of Ben Jones | StateCollege.com
Mount Nittany Health intends to build a new outpatient medical center in the planned Toftrees West development in Patton Township, Center County Health System announced Tuesday.
Plans for the range of services and overall size of the multi-story facility have yet to be finalized, according to a press release. However, a key reason for the new center is the need to increase the capacity of the Mount Nittany Physician Group by 170 providers, which officials say has surpassed its current 17 locations in Center, Huntingdon, Clearfield counties. and Mifflin.
“We are excited to add this new facility and to further enhance the services we provide to the community,” Kathleen Rhine, CEO of Mount Nittany Health, said in a statement. “We continue to welcome talented physicians and providers into our healthcare system and community. We need extra space to keep growing. This facility, in conjunction with the investments we are making at Mount Nittany Medical Center, supports our mission of Healthier People, Stronger Communities.
The new facility is expected to open in late 2023.
“The addition of the Ambulatory Medical Center will allow Mount Nittany Health to meet the increased demand for patient-centered care and the growth of the Mount Nittany Physicians Group as we bring even more diverse services and highly skilled providers to our health system,” Dr. Upendra Thaker, chief medical officer of Mount Nittany Health, said in a statement. “This will have a positive impact on the health of our community with better access to high quality care and services in one place.
This is the latest in a series of ongoing $50 million investments for Mount Nittany Health. In September, the health system announced that planning has begun for the construction of a new “bed tower” at Mount Nittany Medical Center that will include private rooms for patients, as well as “improvements to community, clinical and support”.
Mount Nittany plans to renovate the medical center’s imaging department in phases over the next two years, which will result in a newly designed diagnostic pavilion on the ground floor of the hospital. The medical center will also see the addition of a new inpatient dialysis unit, which is being developed this fall.
Already underway at the hospital, major expansions of the women and children unit and the clinical laboratory. Both projects are expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.
The new outpatient medical center announced Tuesday is the first specific project to be unveiled for Toftrees West, a planned 700-acre development identified in the Toftrees Planned Community Master Plan as being just north of I-99, east of west of Toftrees Gulf. course and to the east of the Cedar Cliff residential development.
In 2014, Toftrees’ decades-old master plan was revised to indicate future development of the western end of the property which would include approximately 2,500 residential units – a mix of single and multi-family residences – as well as retail retail, restaurant, hotel and office space with a town center and green spaces.
A 2017 update included an estimated schedule once initial construction begins, with several phases to be built over a 30-year period. He noted that timing would depend on considerations such as market demands and transportation infrastructure, including the widening of Waddle Road and the Interstate 99/Route 322 off-ramp, which was completed in 2018. .
In April, Toftrees Development LLC Received $2.4 Million State Grant to construct Masters Boulevard and an extension of Waddle Road, which will provide access to the new development.
The Mount Nittany Center will be Patton Township’s second new health care facility in the coming years. Penn Highlands Healthcare received approval of the township in April to build a three-story, 82,000 square foot micro-hospital and a two-story, 32,000 square foot office building on the northwest side of the downtown Patton development near Waddle Road and Colonnade Blvd.