Allegheny Health Network Breaks Ground in Brentwood on 4th Neighborhood Hospital

BRENTWOOD, Pa. – Capping off three straight weeks of Neighborhood Hospital groundbreaking events across the area, officials from Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Highmark Health, and Emerus gathered today in Brentwood to ceremonially break ground on a Neighborhood Hospital the organizations are building at the corner of Saw Mill Run Blvd. (Route 51) and Greenlee Road.

The Brentwood location is one of four that AHN and Emerus have chosen for Neighborhood Hospital development, joining Hempfield, McCandless, and Harmar. AHN expects the four facilities to open in late 2019.

“We are extremely excited to begin the construction of our Neighborhood Hospitals, each of which will bring high-quality emergency care and other important health services closer to home in the communities we serve,” said Cynthia Hundorfean, AHN President and CEO. “This wonderful new facility in Brentwood will be a tremendous asset to this region, and to those who live here, offering the exceptional, patient-centered health care experience that they deserve.”

Unlike standalone emergency departments or urgent care centers, AHN Brentwood will be a fully licensed small-format hospital that is open 24/7. In addition to an emergency department and 10-bed inpatient unit, the hospital will provide diagnostic imaging, as well as laboratory and other complementary medical services. It will be staffed by physicians, nurses, and other experienced health care professionals, all of whom are aligned around a high-quality care model.

AHN’s neighborhood hospitals are part of Highmark Health and AHN’s recently announced $1 billion investment strategy to further improve access to affordable, high-quality health care services in the western Pennsylvania region. AHN is partnering with Texas-based Emerus, the nation’s leading developer and operator of neighborhood hospitals, to build and manage the new facilities.

For five consecutive years, Emerus has received the prestigious Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award, which recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the top 95th percentile or above for providing an outstanding patient experience. Emerus also has earned Press Ganey’s Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Inpatient Experience.

Among numerous patient-friendly design elements, AHN Brentwood will feature nursing stations uniquely configured to maximize sightlines and accessibility, allowing staff to easily monitor exam rooms and minimize response times. CT and X-ray procedure rooms will accommodate patients of any age, with adjacent observation rooms that keep families together during procedures. An onsite lab will expedite testing processes so patients don’t have to wait long for results.

AHN Brentwood will be closely aligned with the network’s Jefferson Hospital, in nearby Jefferson Hills, and AHN’s hospitals in the City of Pittsburgh for patients who require a more acute level of care or follow-up appointments with specialists. It will also complement Jefferson’s existing outpatient and primary care services in the Brentwood community. When more comprehensive care is needed, the neighborhood hospital will provide a smooth transition to AHN facilities.

About Emerus
Emerus is the nation’s first and largest operator of neighborhood hospitals. Emerus partners with leading health systems to provide excellence, empathy and innovation in health care delivery through a network of efficient, value-based neighborhood hospitals and acute care facilities. The Emerus network brings high-quality, patent-centric acute episodic and ambulatory clinical services to communities across a given market. This helps patients by positioning best-in-class provider services in the communities where they work, live and play. Emerus’ distinctive level of care earned the Guardian of Excellence Award for Superior Patient Experience in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. More information is available at (

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Doug Braunsdorf, AHN Media Relations
412.330.5817 | [email protected]