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Additional Details Released on Proposed Healthcare Clinic in Clarion

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 09:06 PM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

imageedit_121_5508432496CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Monroe Township is rapidly becoming the epicenter of Clarion County health care with Clarion Hospital, VA Outpatient Clinic, Primary Health Care, UPMC Urgent Care, UPMC physician offices, and a new Clarion LIFE Northwest PA Center for qualifying seniors age 55 and over, opening in July.

Last week a new player in Clarion County health care services entered the arena.

Penn Highlands Health in DuBois announced a massive $111 million Master Facilities Plan that includes a two-story Clarion Outpatient Facility in Monroe Township.

The new Clarion building will house a QCare walk-in clinic with ancillary services, such as imaging and lab. Primary and specialty care super clinics will house multiple providers. This building also will be able to support virtual care to the extent that it could be called a virtual hospital. Using innovative technology, the virtual clinics will allow specialty providers to reach out and see patients and provide care any time from multiple locations. This will minimize the need for patients in the Clarion region to travel for specialty care.

As previously reported by, Penn Highlands purchased two parcels of land in 2016, and the transactions were recorded at the Office of Clarion County Register and Recorder.  They included a 5.21-acre parcel of land from Keith A. Chernicky at a listed sale price of $1 and another 0.961-acre parcel of land from Klingensmith Properties at a listed sale price of $775,000.00.

The former corporate headquarters of C&K was razed in 2017.

Penn Highlands Healthcare’s $111 million Master Facilities Plan triggers eight major expansion and renovation projects designed to enhance access to critical services and advanced care for the residents of Northwestern/Central Pennsylvania and create an anticipated 400 jobs across the health system and region, including Clarion and Brookville.

The plan, to be implemented over the next three years, will modernize, improve and expand upon the services Penn Highlands Healthcare offers patients at its four hospital campuses and numerous outpatient facilities in the 12-county region it serves.

The projects also include: expansion and renovation of the Penn Highlands DuBois East behavioral health facility; a new five-story annex at Penn Highlands DuBois West as well as a new Emergency Department that will serve as a Level III trauma center; a new three-story building housing Centers of Excellence in Orthopedics, pediatrics and women’s health; Emergency Department renovations at Penn Highlands Clearfield; and renovations at Pinecrest Manor.

“The hospitals of Penn Highlands Healthcare have been serving our communities for more than 100 years,” said Steven M. Fontaine, the chief executive officer of Penn Highlands Healthcare.

“As we look toward the future and determine how we can best meet our region’s needs, we are thrilled to share our vision to grow our footprint and further build our system to provide patients with the care and services they deserve,”

“The projects collectively focus on delivering the right care in the right setting as we continue to respond to the changing healthcare landscape.”

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