Mount Nittany Health physicians and system leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the new, state-of-the-art 126,000 square foot Outpatient Center in Toftrees West on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.
As part of ongoing system-wide facility investments, the Outpatient Center will provide increased access to a range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and treatment services in a single location. It will be located on a 20-acre parcel at the gateway to the Toftrees West development.
“The dedicated physicians, providers and staff who will be working in this building, along with the entire Mount Nittany Health team, are excited to celebrate this milestone,” said Kathleen Rhine, President and CEO of Mount Nittany Health.
“This facility will be a wonderful new home for the outstanding physicians and providers on whom our community depends. We are excited to offer a wide range of services in one convenient location and to create the capacity to recruit more physicians and expand our clinical programs.”
The new facility will house a variety of services, including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, orthopedics, spine, physical therapy, neurology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, general surgery, urology, endoscopy, lab and imaging. It will be home to more than 60 physicians and providers and more than 150 staff.
“Mount Nittany Health is the leading healthcare system in the Centre region. The Outpatient Center will be a great addition to Mount Nittany Health’s full complement of services available to the local community. This location will be convenient for our patients who trust us to provide high-quality medical care for themselves and their families,” said Dr. Chris Hester, Chief Clinical Officer at Mount Nittany Health.
The Outpatient Center will be the first building at the nearly 700-acre Toftrees West development, which is planned to include residential, retail and commercial development. The construction of the facility brings about 180 construction jobs to the area. It will also allow for future growth in healthcare services.
“As a leading employer, we have a significant impact on the health and vitality of the region. This is an exciting new step in our journey of investing in the people, facilities, programs and technology that make our community stronger. In short, we have run out of room, and we need more space to continue recruiting top medical practitioners,” according to Tom Charles, Executive Vice President of System Development and Chief Strategy Officer.
The comprehensive health facility is another step Mount Nittany Health is taking to meet the health needs of the community while supporting the expansion of its more than 30 specialty practices. Mount Nittany Health offers 18 locations and 220 highly-skilled physicians and providers who serve more than 400,000 members of the community. Currently the group has locations in Centre, Huntingdon, Clearfield, and Mifflin counties.
The $90 million project, which was first announced in November 2021, is projected to open in Spring 2024. The internationally recognized design firm, Stantec, is the architecture firm of record, and Alexander Building Construction Co. is managing the construction. Alexander Building Construction Co. is one of Central Pennsylvania’s largest construction and construction management firms, and was a pioneer in recognizing the importance of safety on the jobsite.
The Outpatient Center is part of Mount Nittany Health’s ongoing investment in the local community, including the recently announced development of a new patient tower, an updated and award-winning Women and Children’s Services Unit, a diagnostic pavilion, a new dialysis unit, and a new laboratory services unit.
More information about the Outpatient Tower and the other ongoing projects is available mountnittany.org/press-news.